The first Manchester Derby managed by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho did not disappoint in terms of entertainment, though United fans will certainly lament the results.
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Mourinho was forced to admit his player selection was debatable when he lifted both his wings at halftime, while Guardiola will feel a-okay about picking Iheanacho to deputize for suspended Sergio Aguero.
And what a game.
How’d everyone do? Read on…
David De Gea — 6 — Hard to fault him on either goal, though we’ve seen hm make the difference-making save on similar plays in the past.
Antonio Valencia — 6 — His poor cross in the final moments stands out, but he zipped around and helped in the tactical turnaround.
Eric Bailly — 5 — Better than his center back partner, but not by much.
Daley Blind — 4 — Slow to react on De Bruyne’s opener, and kept Iheanacho onside on the second City goal. Poor.
Luke Shaw — 5 — Struggled to handle the City attackers.
Paul Pogba — 6 — One of the better United players, and adjusted well to a dramatic change in responsibilities between halves.
Marouane Fellaini — 6 — The hard man made life tougher for City’s midfield, but was ultimately worked a few times.
Jesse Lingard (Off HT) — 5 — Essentially invisible.
Wayne Rooney — 6 — Lively and physical. Can hardly be faulted for team’s first half woes.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Off HT) — 5 — Clearly hampered and not back to full fitness.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic — 8 — Great goal, and was a menace despite little help.
Ander Herrera (On HT) — 7 — Another good sub, and I remain flummoxed that he hasn’t been an every week starter under his last two United bosses.
Marcus Rashford (On HT) — 7 — The right sub, and probably should’ve started. Hindsight is 20/20, though.
Claudio Bravo — 4 — Gave away the goal, and was suspect in possession. Could’ve seen red or at least conceded a penalty for slide on Rooney. We imagine Joe Hart was somewhere in Italy, displeased or laughing.
Aleksandar Kolarov — 7 — Aside from his overhit early free kick, his booming left peg was on point. Terrific long ball to spring the first goal.
John Stones — 5 — We get that he has incredible ability with the ball, but his defending leaves much to be desired. Bailed out Bravo once.
Nicolas Otamendi — 7 — Perhaps hampered a bit by Stones’ day, and was fortunate to dodge a card for a sideline challenge.
Fernandinho — 9 — Just outstanding, in the air and on the ground.
Nolito — 7 — May’ve not done that clinical bit to finish, but kept United’s back line on its toes.
Raheem Sterling (Off 60′) — 6 — Took an early knock and didn’t really seem to recover.
Kevin De Bruyne (Off 90′) — 9 — An outstanding job. Of course he scored his goal, but his passing was fantastic and his runs well-timed.
David Silva — 7 — Not his shiniest day, set back in the formation, but effective, even controlling at times.
Kelechi Iheanacho (Off 53′) — 8 — He’ll turn 20 next month, but his composure in such a big spot had us thinking he was much more experienced. Goal and assist.
Leroy Sane (On 60′) — 6 — Wasn’t overrun by the occasion, and kept it simple and clean.
Fernando (On 53′) — 6 — No big issues with his performance, but nothing standout either.
Zabaleta (On 90′) — N/A