Manchester United vs Manchester City Player Ratings

Manchester United were left humiliated by their noisy neighbours Manchester City, who ran out 6-3 winners at the Etihad. A dismal first half display saw the Reds go into halftime 4-0 down. Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored three each, while Antony got one and Martial got a brace for United late on.

Erik ten Hag went for a strong lineup and made no changes to the side, which beat Arsenal. Although, City were missing a few key players, they began the game on the front foot. Within the first few minutes David de Gea made a great save to deny Kevin de Bruyne, however Foden put them 1-0 up in the next attack.

The home side were in complete control from that point in the match and the visitors had no reply. Haaland got himself in on the action, towering above Christian Eriksen to head home from close range. Despite Tyrell Malacia’s best efforts, the ball went over the line and City were 2-0 up.

The Citizens then put on a show with some world class build up play. De Bruyne put in a delightful ball into the box, taking out every United defender and his pass was met by Haaland. The striker acrobatically swung his side into a 3-0 lead and things went from bad to worse for the Red Devils when Raphael Varane went off with an injury.

It was 4-0 before the break and this time Haaland became provider, setting up Foden for his second of the game. Ten Hag made one change at the interval, bringing on Luke Shaw for Malacia.

Second half: United improve but City dominate

United did improve in the second half and got a goal back through Antony. The Brazilian made himself some space before firing into the bottom left hand corner. A piece of magic from the winger. Just 10 minutes later and there was more misery for Ten Hag’s men, as Haaland completed his hat-trick.

The Norwegian then set up Foden, who added to United’s woes by securing his hat trick with a tidy finish. Martial, who came off the bench late on, scored twice in six minutes to make the scoreline more respectable.

Manchester United vs Manchester City Player Ratings

David de Gea 4/10

Couldn’t do anything to prevent the six goals going in and made a few saves to prevent the score from becoming more humiliating.

Diogo Dalot 2/10

All the goals came from Dalot’s side. The fullback was booked early on and was run ragged by Jack Grealish.

Raphael Varane 3/10

Wasn’t on the pitch for Haaland’s first goal and was beaten by him for the second. Came off with an injury. A big blow for the Reds.

Lisandro Martinez 4/10

Didn’t make any major mistakes and was calm on the ball. However, was part of United’s disorganised defensive unit.

Tyrell Malacia 1/10

An erratic display from the fullback. Rash and reckless throughout the first half. Was chasing Foden’s shadow all game and was rightfully taken off at halftime.

Scott McTominay 3/10

Found out against a world class midfield. Made a great block early on but could not cope with the likes of de Bruyne. Very sloppy on the ball.

Christian Eriksen 2/10

A very disappointing display. Wasteful in possession and left massive spaces for City to exploit. Didn’t track Foden for the opener and was beaten by Haaland at the corner.

Bruno Fernandes 2/10

Tried to press City but wasn’t effective at all. Didn’t impact the game and was anonymous at times. A match to forget for the Portuguese international.

Antony 5/10

Was as poor as the rest of the front four in the first half but scored a wonderful goal in the second. Didn’t give up and tried to rally the rest of the team.

Jadon Sancho 1/10

Perhaps United’s worst performer on the day. Lost possession on too many occasions, which left United vulnerable at the back. Didn’t track back and was passive in the final third. Should not start against Everton on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford 2/10

Like Sancho, Rashford was equally as poor but didn’t look match fit. Consequently, he had no impact on the game and was taken off for Martial.


Victor Lindelof 3/10

Unsurprisingly he had no answers to Haaland’s physicality.

Luke Shaw 4/10

Was a massive improvement on Malacia, but played Foden onside for his hat-trick goal.

Casemiro 3/10

Didn’t add any protection to the midfield.

Fred 6/10

Got an assist and added some energy to the midfield. A pleasing cameo.

Martial 7/10

Got two consolation goals in six minutes. Needs to start against Everton.

Manager: Erik ten Hag 4/10

The unchanged team needed changing. Casemiro needs to be integrated and the likes of Martial and Shaw need recalling. The McTominay and Eriksen pivot was never going to work against City’s midfield. With City’s injuries United should of made it much more of a contest.

Man of the Match: Anthony Martial

Author: Rajan Sangha

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