Player ratings: Manchester City vs Manchester United

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MANCHESTER — Manchester City eased to victory, as the Manchester City vs Manchester United player ratings reflected just how far Pep Guardiola’s side are ahead of their Manchester rivals.

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City took the lead early through Kevin de Bruyne and although Jadon Sancho scored a fine equalizer, City were far superior throughout. De Bruyne gave City the lead and Riyad Mahrez scored a fine late double to cap off the 4-1 win, as the Premier League leaders tormented United’s ramshackle defense.

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Below are the Manchester City vs Manchester United player ratings in full, with marks out of 10 and analysis on each player.


Manchester City player ratings

Ederson: 6 – Brave stop to deny Fred in the first half. Didn’t have much else to do.

Kyle Walker: 6.5 – Beaten easily by Sancho for his goal, and couldn’t get forward much. Some good long balls.

John Stones: 6.5 – Struggled a little to track Bruno’s movement. Decent on the ball.

Aymeric Laporte: 7 – Some good interceptions at key moments to stop United’s counters.

Joao Cancelo: 7 – Typically consistent. Slick going forward and reads the game so well defensively. Almost scored with an audacious scissor kick.

Rodri: 7 – Tried to get City moving forward whenever he could. Good battle with McTominay and Fred. Which he won.

Kevin de Bruyne: 9 – Took his two goals with calmness and dictated the tempo of the game. “Big Game Kev!” turned up once again.

Bernardo Silva: 8 – Majestic movement, dribbling and pass to set up City’s first goal. Caused havoc on the inside left channel.

Riyad Mahrez: 8 – Denied by De Gea in the first half, tricky as ever and scored a fine half volley and another late goal to seal the win. City didn’t attack down their right much, which left him frustrated, but Mahrez is in tremendous form.

Phil Foden: 7.5 – Some lovely touches in the false nine role. Denied by De Gea after his audacious lob to set up the chance. At times, could have been more precise with his final pass.

Jack Grealish: 7.5 – Gave Wan-Bissaka a torrid time. Fantastic dribbling and was more direct than he’s been recently. Looks more settled now.

Substitute
Ilkay Gundogan (80′ on for De Bruyne): 6 – Tidy as ever as he helped City close out the win with ease. Should have scored late on but scuffed his effort wide.


Manchester United player ratings

David de Gea: 8 – Denied Mahrez and Foden in the first half and he kept United in the game. Great stop to deny Cancelo. His strong season continues.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 4.5 – Lacking in confidence and both Grealish and Silva doubled up on him. Poor in possession and positionally, he was all over the place.

Victor Lindelof: 5.5 – A few good blocks and tried his best to defend Foden, but he couldn’t.

Harry Maguire: 5 – See above. Looked off the pace and only starting because Varane was out. Booked for a cynical foul on KDB which summed it up. Sluggish.

Alex Telles: – 5 – Like Wan-Bissaka, a horrible mismatch out wide. Mahrez had the beating of him whenever he got the ball and Telles switched off and left De Bruyne wide-open for City’s first goal.

Fred: 6 – Nearly scored after some fancy footwork and he and McTominay won the ball back in dangerous areas on a few occasions. One of the few United players who could hold their head high.

Scott McTominay: 6 – Worked hard, as always, and won the ball back centrally, but couldn’t stop De Bruyne and Silva running the show.

Anthony Elanga: 5.5 – Couldn’t make the most of a few big chances on the break and didn’t help Wan-Bissaka defensively. Tough outing for the youngster.

Paul Pogba: 6 – Fine assist for Sancho’s goal but a few sloppy passes too. Played in a higher role centrally, which didn’t seem to suit him. Subbed off in the second half.

Jadon Sancho: 7 – Took his goal really well, smashed another great chance over and was a real threat. His resurgence continues.

Bruno Fernandes: 5.5 – Just couldn’t get on the ball in the areas he likes. In the false nine role for the first 64 minutes, he was a spectator for most of this game.

Substitutes
Marcus Rashford (64′ on for Pogba): 5 – One decent run in-behind but waited too long to shoot.
Jesse Lingard (64′ on for Elanga): 5 – Didn’t get involved in the game.


USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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