Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: A Tale Of Two Halves Sees Red Devils Spoil Cityzens’ Party
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United dealt a harsh halt to Man City’s title celebration plans at the Etihad Stadium as the Red Devils produced a stunning comeback to win 3-2. Early goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half put City in the driver’s seat but after half-time, Paul Pogba scored a magnificent brace in a matter of minutes to bring United back into the game.
From there on, the visitors created chaos, and a goal from Chris Smalling sealed 3 points for United. With that in mind, let’s have a look at how each player fared this evening.
Manchester United Player Ratings
David De Gea – 7.5/10
Despite conceding 2 goals in the first-half, De Gea produced some stunning saves towards the end of the game to stop the Cityzens from scoring.
Antonio Valencia – 6/10
Played a part in City’s opener but he kept Leroy Sane quiet for a good majority of the game. However, he seriously needs to work on his left foot.
Chris Smalling – 7.5/10
Barring his tryst with Kompany, Smalling made all the difference for United in the end, with a wonderful goal.
Eric Bailly – 7/10
His positioning was bad in the first-half but after the break, Bailly was quite solid and worked well with Smalling at the back.
Ashley Young – 5.5/10
Dealt well with Raheem Sterling but to be fair, City deserved a penalty for the way he hauled Sergio Aguero down.
Nemanja Matic – 7/10
Struggled in the first-half. Was outrun by City but he eventually improved and made some precise moves to allow freedom for Pogba up front.
Ander Herrera – 7/10
Won the ball on several occasions and he more than made up for his disappointing display in the first-half.
Paul Pogba – 9.5/10
The star of the show, Paul Pogba silenced all his haters with a fantastic performance. He scored a brilliant brace and played a huge role in the win.
Jesse Lingard – 6/10
Lingard made some incisive runs in the second half but besides that, he was rather lacklustre on a day when United needed him the most.
Alexis Sanchez – 8/10
Played a key role in the second-half resurgence and this will be a performance of his that many of the United fans will remember for a while.
Romelu Lukaku – 6.5/10
Lukaku did not get on the ball much but he maintained fluidity in the game and put in a promising display.
Marcus Rashford – 5/10
Came on to add more attacking intent but he could not do much.
Scott McTominay – N/A
Came on too late to make an impact.
Victor Lindelof – N/A
Lindelof came on in the added time and there was no room for him to do much.