Manchester United vs Manchester City Player Ratings

Manchester City put in a dominant display at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as Pep Guardiola’s side completely outclassed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pick up a 2-0 win.

Manchester United failed to create chances throughout the match as City were able to dominate in all areas of the pitch. An own goal by Eric Bailly and a late first half goal by Bernardo Silva gave City the three points at the Theatre of Dreams.

So, let’s get into the player ratings from the Manchester Derby here.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 6.5

It was a busy day for De Gea, particularly in the first half and he was forced into a great save from close range to deny Gabriel Jesus. He continued to make another few decent saves from Kevin De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo. However, he was equally at fault for City’s second goal and should have done better to deny Bernardo Silva.

Eric Bailly – 4

Poor defending for the opening goal at the near post as he turned the ball into his own. Subbed off at half time for Jadon Sancho as United changed formation to four at the back.

Victor Lindelof – 5

Won a couple of decent headers and blocks and was marginally one of the better players in the United defense.

Harry Maguire – 4

Hesitated at the back following a great ball into the box by Cancelo for City’s second goal and is simply not doing enough for United.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 3

Gave the ball away in a poor area of the pitch down the flank, leaving United open to the counter in the first half. Terrible defending and positioning to allow Foden to get in behind which nearly led to a second City goal. Struggled up against Foden down the left flank and should have done better to close down Cancelo in the build-up to City’s second goal.

Scott McTominay – 5

Did ok in parts, winning the ball back well a couple of times but passed the ball around with little intent. Struggled in the midfield battle. Poor marking from a corner when John stones should have put City three up.

Fred – 4

Dispossessed too easily a few times in midfield and also passed the ball around with little intent and struggled in the midfield battle with his fellow central midfield partner.

Luke Shaw – 4

Delivered a good ball into the box for Ronaldo in what was United’s only real chance in the match but was hesitant at the back alongside Maguire to allow Bernardo Silva to score, following an excellent cross by Cancelo. Caught too many times down his side before being subbed off due to injury.

Bruno Fernandes – 5

Had to work hard and help out in the midfield battle but was a bit sloppy in possession early on. Should have done better to stop the cross by Cancelo for the first City goal and failed to provide any creativity for the hosts.

Mason Greenwood – 5.5

Struggled to get into the match early on and had to drop back and help defensively. Struggled to make an impact, especially in the first half. Only half chance was when he cut inside and had a weak effort that rolled wide past Ederson’s goal. Subbed off for Marcus Rashford in the 67th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6

Struggled to get into the match early on but managed to get a good connection on a volley following a cross by Shaw but his effort was saved fairly comfortably by Ederson. Looked lively in parts but had little service.


Jadon Sancho – 5

Deployed down the left flank when he came on at the break. Switched over to the right flank after the hour mark but did nothing of note to help United get back in the game.

Marcus Rashford – 5

Picked up the position down the left flank when he came on for Mason Greenwood but failed to make an impact.

Donny Van de Beek – N/A

Manchester City

Ederson – 6.5

Had very little to do here as United struggled to create chances. Comfortable with the ball at his feet as always.

Kyle Walker – 7.5

At times picked up a central position when City had possession. Put in a great coss early on which caused real danger at the back post. Looked solid all round in his play and defended well.

John Stones – 7

Helped recycle possession well and was hardly troubled at the back. Should have put City three up following a corner but put his effort wide.

Ruben Dias – 7

Also helped recycle possession well and was hardly troubled at the back. 99% passing accuracy in what was a solid display.

Joao Cancelo – 9

Sometimes picked up a central position when City had possession but was also a great attacking threat down the left flank too. Delivered a good cross which led to the opening goal as Eric Bailly turned the ball into his own net. Also put in a fantastic ball into the box to assist Bernardo Silva which caused all sorts of problems for the United defense. Defended excellently too. Another fantastic performance.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Did well in the press and helped City win the ball back well as a collective unit. Solid performance.

Rodri – 8

Sat at the base of the City midfield and helped to break up challenges and control the tempo. Completed the most passes in the match with 99.

Bernardo Silva – 8.5

Looked sharp in possession with good ball control. Occupied a more advanced role with De Bruyne. Started the move for his goal and City’s second as he switched the ball over to Cancelo. Made a good run into the box and was more determined than Maguire and Shaw as he slid in to score. Excellent display.

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Tracked back to win the ball when City lost possession and helped provide the width down the right flank. Had an effort from close range saved excellently by De Gea. Was not involved too much here for City but did not make any errors.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5

Helped out in defense when required and also did well to win the ball back when needed. Would also look to drop deep and get on the ball. Decent snapshot which forced a decent save from De Gea. De Bruyne never has a bad game and he put in a solid performance here.

Phil Foden – 7.5

Managed to get in behind the United defense, following some poor defending by Wan-Bissaka and managed to pull the ball back to De Bruyne in the first half. Did well up against Wan-Bissaka and Bailly down the left flank. Had an excellent chance to wrap things up with around 10 minutes left but dragged his effort a little too wide as it clipped the outside of the post.