3 Tackles, 1 key pass, but did City full-back Clichy deserve MOTM award vs United?

Clichy

Gael Clichy was named man-of-the-match as Manchester City overcame rivals Manchester United on Sunday, but did the Frenchman truly deserve this accolade? Here we look at the statistics behind his performance.

Manchester City held on to win the bragging rights in their local derby as Sergio Aguero's 10th league goal of the season proved to be the difference at the Etihad Stadium.

A late replacement for the injured Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael Clichy gave a lively showing down the left flank. 

  MatchKey PassesAssistsPassing AccuracyDribblesTacklesInterceptClearTouchesMins
Gaël Clichy Man City vs Man Utd 1 1 76% 0 3 5 6 84 90

He made three tackles in his attempts to break-down opposition attacks, whilst weighing in with five clearances and six interceptions - a match best. He also emerged victorious from three aerial duels. 

Playing almost in a left-wing role as the match progressed, he made an excellent run and pass for Aguero's opener. Although, in terms of an end product, this is the extent to which he assisted in the final third.

Throughout his 90 minute cameo he failed to play a single cross, or even complete a successful dribble. He also completed just 75.9% of his 54 attempted passes. 

He may have received the plaudits for his role in Manchester City's goal, but this was by no means a polished performance by the French full-back. Defensively he proved solid, but in the final third he was less successful than it first seemed.

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