GK: Willy Caballero (6/10) – Hardly called upon in the first half but perhaps could have done better to attempt to stop Juan Mata’s strike in the 54th minute.
LB: Gael Clichy (6/10) – Frenchman Clichy looked comfortable in the first half but struggled once Jose Mourinho’s team began to improve after half time. The former Arsenal left-back, alongside the rest of City’s back four, lost focus and appeared vulnerable at times in the second period.
RB: Pablo Maffeo (7/10) –Spaniard Maffeo was making his Manchester City debut and made an impressive start. The pacey Marcus Rashford was afforded just a solitary chance in the first half, due to a positional error by Maffeo, but the 19-year-old right-back recovered well to deny the United forward. One of City's bright sparks, but Maffeo’s inexperience emerged in the second half, especially when up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
CB: Vincent Kompany (7/10) – Manchester City looked much more assured and defensively organised with their captain Kompany in the team. The Belgian centre-back looked a little rusty, including stray a handful of stray passes, but City will be delighted that Kompany is back on the road to full fitness. Kompany was given 45 minutes of match practice before being replaced by Aleksandar Kolorov (6/10) at half time.
CB: Nicolas Otamendi (7/10) - Kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet throughout the first half and when paired alongside Kompany was largely untroubled by any of United’s attacking threats. On occasion, Otamendi looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet – a facet of his game that will need to improve under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage
CM: Fernando (7/10) – Alongside Garcia in central midfield, Brazilian Fernando kept world-record signing Paul Pogba to an almost anonymous presence in the game. Fernando’s experience was needed in the second half, as the home side applied a little more pressure in City’s defensive third. Possibly fouled in the build up to Mata’s goal.
CM: Aleix Garcia (7/10) – Garcia was making only his third appearance for Manchester City but looked more experienced than that. A tidy, confident display from the 19-year-old when in possession, but failed to track Juan Mata’s run in the lead up to the game’s first goal. It's indicative of City's poor performance in that Garcia was one of their better players.
RM: Jesus Navas (6/10) - Navas was a constant outlet for Manchester City along their right side and the 30-year-old’s pace troubled United on several occasions. Unfortunately for City, despite Navas giving United left-back Luke Shaw a torrid time, the Spaniard’s end product continued to be a huge disappointment.
LM: Nolito (5/10) – The man signed from Celta Vigo in the summer possesses an admirable work ethic and his energy and forward movement became a nuisance for Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind in the early stages. His impact was minimal in the second half though and, as City attempted to get back into the contest, it was Nolito who was sacrificed for Sergio Aguero (6/10) with 20 minutes remaining.
AM: Leroy Sane (5/10) – The German international has not completely settled at City since his £37 million summer transfer and - despite glimpses of his talents - his performance remained on the periphery of the game before being replaced by Raheem Sterling (6/10) just after the hour mark.
FW: Kelechi Iheanacho (7/10) - Manchester United’s defence could never switch off with Iheanacho around. The Nigerian missed a great chance to open the game’s scoring on 39 minutes but elected to cut inside before shooting, rather than dispatching a first-time strike. Effectively linked play with the midfield but needed more support before Aguero’s arrival.
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