Date: 18th September 2016 at 10:55am
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Manchester City

Claudio Bravo – 5, Bacary Sagna – 6, Nicolas Otamendi – 7, John Stones – 6, Aleksandar Kolarov – 8, Fernandinho – 7, David Silva – 8, Kevin De Bruyne – 9, Nolito – 7, Raheem Sterling – 7, Kelechi Iheanacho – 7.

Subs: Fernando – 6, Leroy Sane – 5, Pablo Zabaleta – 5.

The Manchester derby was certainly the match it was built up to be and more. After City dominated large spells of the first half an hour and taking a substantial lead, United did manage to peg Pep Guardiola’s side back but in the end couldn’t find a second to equalise.

Kevin De Bruyne was the clear star of the match. The Belgian ran the show, scoring the first goal and having a big hand in the second.

Aleksandar Kolarov displayed leadership throughout the match and was part of a resolute City defence which had to work extremely hard during the closing stages of the contest.

As predicted, the midfield battle was key and Fernandinho’s relationship with his defence appears to be improving game on game; the Brazilian continually dropping in to help his back line. His midfield partner David Silva was not totally overshadowed by his Belgian colleague and was integral to all of the away side’s offensive movements.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 6, Antonio Valencia – 6, Eric Bailly – 5, Daley Blind – 5, Luke Shaw – 6, Paul Pogba – 6, Marouane Fellaini – 5, Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5, Wayne Rooney – 6 Jesse Lingard – 6, Zlatan Ibrahimovich – 7.

Subs: Marcos Rashford – 6 Ander Herrera – 7 Anthony Martial – 5.

United and Jose Mourinho will be extremely frustrated with how they performed in the first half-an-hour. Eric Bailly had, arguably, his worst performance of the season so far and Daley Blind was inevitably found out against the higher quality opposition. Paul Pogba struggled to influence the game and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was an isolated figure for the majority of the match.

Wayne Rooney was left frustrated for lengthy spells and finished the game on a yellow card when he lost his patience with City Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo; the Chilean will not be proud of his debut performance, after several awkward moments left the City faithful with their hearts in their mouths.

The brightest appearances for United came from their bench. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rashford changed the game and the Spaniard in particular showed Mourinho why he deserves to be starting more often.