Manchester United travelled to their noisy neighbours Manchester City looking to place an indefinite damp on their Premier League title ambitions. They managed to pull off a stunning 2-1 win to hand to a big dent on City’s title challenge and taking pressure off of Ole Gunne Solskjaer. United had the major chunk of early chances and took a surprising lead in the 23rd minute through Marcus Rashford’s penalty.
The Red Devils didn’t go defensive afterwards, hitting City on the counter-attack and getting another goal in the 29th minute when Anthony Martial’s low strike powered into the net. After minutes of piling pressure, City pulled one back in the 85th minute through Nicolas Otamendi’s header from a corner.
Pep Guardiola’s side threw in the kitchen sink at the end, but United endured everything to see out a famous win. The Red Devils now move into fifth place in the table, while City are 14 POINTS BEHIND league leaders Liverpool. All the best turning around the deficit from this point!
Here are the Manchester City vs Manchester United player ratings.
Manchester United Player Ratings
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (8.0) –
Bold move from Solskjaer for opting for an attacking-side rather than 3-man defence against City’s rampant attack. But it worked wonders, especially when it came to ushering the counter-attacking tactics. His side perfectly capitalized on City’s vulnerabilities and puled off their manager’s plan perfectly.
OGS decision to give Maguire the captain’s armband paid off as he was solid. His decision to allow Wan-Bissaka to be himself worked wonders as he made Sterling look weak. His trust in Fred allowed his performance and decision to play Martial worked a treat.
Substitutions turned out to be great as well. Solskjaer’s really a master in the big games. Now outwits Pep too! He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon if this continues!
David de Gea (7.5) –
De Gea must evolve into superman mode to attain a clean-sheet today. Held onto whatever little shots were on target in the first half. Got booked for time-wasting before the hour-mark, but made up with a stunning one-handed save off Rodri’s shot in the 64th minute. Makes another scintillating low save off Mahrez’s shot in the 87th.
Not as good as his performance vs Arsenal in 2017/18, but he came up with brilliant saves to secure the win late on.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (8.5)-
Coming up against Raheem Sterling in his derby debut, Wan-Bissaka must prove his character today. He’s been rock-solid n the first half, nullifying his threat with sublime last-ditch challenges. Shut out Sterling superbly inside the area in the 60th to deny him a lucky strike. Made a high-flying block in the 75th to deny Angelino.
Wan-Bissaka proved why he was bought for such a high price with an incredible performance. He might’ve been sloppy for Otamendi’s strike, but fended away whatever City threw at him. Made super tackles, interceptions and made Sterling look small. A derby legend if there ever was one!
Harry Maguire (7.5) –
Captaining United in his derby debut brings a lot of pressure on Maguire. Displayed nerves of steel early on against the City onslaught, making some crucial interceptions. Thwarted everything City threw in the first half. Maintained his commandeering demeanor throughout the game, organizing a disciplined backline and keeping his players calm.
He was unbeatable in the air, made some solid last-ditch challenges and led from the front with his strong defending. His best performance as captain and probably his best in a United shirt. Finally made his price-tag look reasonable.
Victor Lindelof (8.0) –
Lindelof’s distribution against City’s high press has been impressive. Made some important clearances and kept his nerve in City’s onslaught after the goals. Makes an insane block in the 55th to deny De Bruyne a guaranteed goal. He kept Jesus nullified throughout the game and was surprisingly superb with his aeria work as well.
Fended away trouble with some crucial challenges, all due to his superior positional skills. Helped Wan-Bissaka confidently defend as well. Finally forming a strong bond with Maguire and gave his best performance alongside him.
Luke Shaw (7.0)–
Shaw’s making his first league start since August. Has a big job ahead. Frustrating Bernardo Silva by sticking close to him and deflating his attempts. Sent him packing into the City bench and held firm against the tricky Riyad Mahrez as well. Maintained his discipline with timely clearances and fended off a lot of pressure before being subbed.
Fred (7.5) –
Fred’s been much better with his forward passes, making some incisive ones in the initial stages. Played a stunning through-ball to Rashford in the 25th, only to see it missed. Not only was he impressive going forward, but tenacious with his defensive wotk as well. He kept a close eye on Ke Bruyne and mellowed down his impactful nature.
Tracked the ball like a hound, made some solid interceptions and acted as a defender cum midfielder in a dual role. Some more points for riling up City fans with his antics in the corner line. Getting better and better with each game and this was perhaps his very best.
Scott McTominay (7.5) –
McTominay’s operating much deeper than usual, helping his defence out with some timely clearances. Made some crucial interceptions to drive United forward. He kept a close eye on the menacing David Silva and neutralized his influence in City’s attacks. Made some solid tackles and interceptions to reinvigorate his side.
McTominay played with his heart on his sleeve and embodied the never-say-die attitude which United are all about. An absolute warrior-like performance which proves how crucial he is to the side.
Jesse Lingard (6.5) –
Getting into all the promising areas in the final third. Had a weak shot saved well by Ederson in the 9th minute. He’s being that link between midfield and attack, freeing up Rashford & Martial very well. Got a good chance to score his own in the 66th minute, but his strike was saved well. Industrious performance from Jesse.
Marcus Rashford (8.0) –
The in-form Rashford seems to be oozing danger. Clipped a clever pass to send Lingard through in the 9th. Terrorized with his silky runs and forced a challenge from Bernardo Silva to get the penalty. Then slotted it in superbly! But he should’ve scored minutes after that, instead flicking a big chance wide!
Hit the post in the 27th minute with a cheeky shot. Drove forward to cause tensions around City and held up the ball pretty well towards the end. Another superb performance in a big game.
Daniel James (7.5) –
James almost had the dream debut start when he got a clear shot a goal in the 2nd minute, but his powerful attempt was well saved. He was a terror with his pace down the right and assisted Martial’s goal. Causing a nightmare for Angelino with his pressing and driving his side forward in counter-attacks effectively.
He was clever with his defensive work as well, but his sheer show of pace at times was scary. No goal, but his fiery performance proved how good an investment he truly is.
Anthony Martial (7.0) –
Martial passed a late fitness test to return just in time for the derby. He put forward some clever passes to link together a great move in the 2nd minute. Struck a powerful shot at Ederson in the 16th. Linked superbly with James before netting a stunning left-footed strike to put United two up-ahead!
Held up the ball pretty well and linked together counter-attacks precisely. Pretty impressive bounceback from injury.
Andreas Pereira (6.0) –
Immediately started his shithousery coming on, getting booked early on. Was part of some counter-attacks but lacked that killer instinct.
Ashley Young (N/A) –
Young did well to stop Walker’s incisive running and helped United seal the deal.
Axel Tuanzebe (N/A) –
Made one important clearance and helped United win bragging rights in the end.
MAN OF THE MATCH
It was hard to tell that Aaron Wan-Bissaka made his Manchester Derby debut today. He was absolutely insane in nullifying Raheem Sterling, who tried his very best to score. Schooled him and City in his personal best performance for United. He’s my MOTM today after a performance which proves why he’s among the league’s very best.