Manchester United 0-2 Man City PLAYER RATINGS: Joao Cancelo shines at Old Trafford


Manchester United slumped to yet another defeat at home to their rivals, with Pep Guardiola’s Man City inflicting the damage on Saturday. 

Eric Bailly’s own goal inside seven minutes and Bernardo Silva’s strike on the stroke of half-time wrapped up three points to heap more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Here, Sportsmail’s Ian Whittell rated the players’ performances at Old Trafford.   

Man City beat Manchester United 2-0 to heap the pressure back on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

MANCHESTER UNITED (3-5-2)

DAVID DE GEA, 7 – Superb first half saves from Jesus, Cancelo, twice, and De Bruyne kept United in the contest. Could have done better for the second but his defence let him down.

VICTOR LINDELOF, 5 – Passed late fitness test but was one of many United players unsettled by City’s press. Spared the embarrassment of an own goal only by de Gea.

HARRY MAGUIRE, 4 – Caught out badly for the second goal, along with Shaw, which summed up a hesitant performance by a player badly out of form.

ERIC BAILLY, 5 – Terrible use of the ball led to the attack from which City opened the scoring with the defender himself netting the own goal. Sacrificed when Solskjaer changed the formation at half-time.

Eric Bailly put the ball in his own net early on following a superb cross from Joao Cancelo

Eric Bailly put the ball in his own net early on following a superb cross from Joao Cancelo 

AARON WAN-BISSAKA, 4 – Hounded by City every time he had the ball – and usually lost it. Not quick or committed enough to cope with Foden.

SCOTT McTOMINAY, 6 – Had a couple of good touches but was run ragged by City’s short, sharp passing game. No faulting his effort.

FRED, 4 – Overwhelmed in the centre of midfield as City kept possession for long periods. Struggled to find team mates when he did have the ball.

BRUNO FERNANDES, 5 – Out of sorts in a bad team at present and he neither saw enough of the ball, nor used it well enough when he did have it.

LUKE SHAW, 4 – Went to sleep as Silva ghosted past him for the second and pressured throughout by Jesus. Another player obviously low on confidence and replaced as a concussion sub.

Luke Shaw (right) fell asleep at crucial moments in the game to allow City in to score

Luke Shaw (right) fell asleep at crucial moments in the game to allow City in to score

MASON GREENWOOD, 5 – Saw little of the ball and couldn’t react quickly enough to a rebound from Ronaldo’s first half saved shot.

CRISTIANO RONALDO, 6 – Another frustrating day for Ronaldo though his first half volley came close. Looked for the ball but rarely got it.

Subs: Jadon Sancho for Bailly 45 mins 5, Marcus Rashford for Greenwood 66 mins 5, Alex Telles for Shaw 73 mins 5, Donny van de Beek for Fred 80 mins

Subs (not used): Martial, Lingard, Dalot, Sancho, Henderson, Telles, Matic

Booked: Ronaldo (90)

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5

MAN CITY (4-3-3)

EDERSON, 7 – Solitary first half action was a solid save from Ronaldo. United never pressed with conviction but, when they did, the keeper used the ball perfectly.

KYLE WALKER, 7 – Injury doubt but was inspirational in his graft and the way he helped pen United deep in their own half by pressuring high up the field.

JOHN STONES, 7 – In for the suspended Aymeric Laporte and had a relatively comfortable afternoon, looked poised on the ball and never under pressure. Might even have snatched a late goal.

RUBEN DIAS, 7 – Composed presence at the back, kept Ronaldo quiet and organised the defence well. Always offered an outlet pass when needed.

JOAO CANCELO, 9 – The left-back was one of City’s key attacking powers. His cross was turned in by Bailly for the opener and a couple of shots forced great saves out of de Gea. 

Joao Cancelo (right) was one of City’s key attacking powers in a dominant display for City

Joao Cancelo (right) was one of City’s key attacking powers in a dominant display for City

KEVIN DE BRUYNE, 8 – Nominally the false nine but was all over the place, orchestrating City’s play and even cropping up deep in his own half to quarterback the side.

RODRI, 8 – Really polished performance at the base of City’s midfield, breaking up United attacks and playing short, intelligent passes to his team mates.

ILKAY GUNDOGAN, 7 – Busy afternoon, especially defensively where he made a series of smart fouls. Also a threat on the break and almost scored seconds before the opener.

GABRIEL JESUS, 8 – Put in a brilliant shift and his defensive pressing and tacking was just as important as anything he did in attack.

BERNARDO SILVA, 7 – Showed great alertness to score the second and buzzed around throughout, causing major problems for a United defence low on confidence and mobility.

Bernardo Silva showed great alertness to score the second and buzzed around throughout

Bernardo Silva showed great alertness to score the second and buzzed around throughout

PHIL FODEN, 7 – Destroyed Wan-Bissaka and made the game look so easy, running past his marker to collect through balls or pushing the ball past him for team mates.

Subs (not used): Ake, Sterling, Grealish, Zinchenko, Steffen, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Carson, Palmer 

Scorers: Bailly (Own goal 7), B. Silva (45)

Booked: Cancelo (48), B. Silva (58)

Manager: Pep Guardiola 8

Referee: Michael Oliver 8

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