The Manchester United player ratings are here as the men in red and black suffered a humiliating 3-6 defeat to local rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
A grounding result at the Etihad saw the Red Devils get dominated for most of the ninety minutes. United struggled to cope with the home side’s quality in possession whilst remaining passive in their application on the pitch. With much to improve upon, Erik ten Hag will be keen on rectifying errors moving forward as the Red Devils head into a demanding period of fixtures over the coming weeks.
Lacking intensity and aggressiveness on the pitch from the first whistle, United failed to impose themselves on the opposition on Sunday.
Struggling to cope with City’s progression up the pitch, a lack of discipline in possession combined with poor decision-making during defensive transitions culminated in a raft of goals conceded within the first half, with both Phil Foden and Erling Haaland each registering a brace before the half-time break.
A marginal improvement in the second half saw United wipe out City’s clean sheet owing to a thunderous strike by summer signing Antony from outside the penalty box in the 56th minute. However, despite the team’s quest for a comeback, the visitors continued struggling to cope with City’s transitions, with both Foden and Haaland netting once; each completing their respective hat-tricks in the second half.
A brace by Anthony Martial following his introduction helped United bring down the deficit in the final quarter of the game. However, having struggled to challenge the opposition, United inevitably failed to salvage a result on Sunday.
Man United Player Ratings Vs Man City: Starting XI
David De Gea (GK): 6/10
A victim of United’s poor defensive display, De Gea produced a handful of crucial saves throughout the ninety minutes. Expected to remain between the sticks for the foreseeable future, the Spaniard will be keen on contributing to the team’s prospects moving forward.
Diogo Dalot (RB): 4/10
Having struggled to cope with City’s overloads down the flank, Dalot failed to deliver a convincing defensive display on Sunday. Expected to retain his place, the Portuguese full-back will be keen on redeeming himself over the coming weeks.
Raphael Varane (RCB): 4/10
Subbed off following a minor knock, Varane struggled to cope with City’s constant penetration into the 18-yard-box. Having been amongst the team’s most consistent players in recent weeks, the Frenchman will be looking to deliver improved performances moving forward.
Lisandro Martinez (LCB): 5/10
Amongst the better performing defenders on the afternoon, Martinez remained a reliable presence at centre-back. Expected to remain a core part of the team’s set-up moving forward, the Argentine will be keen on remaining consistent moving forward.
Tyrell Malacia (LB): 4/10
Much like Dalot, Malacia too failed to cope with City’s overloads down the flank. Unsupported by the winger in defensive transitions, a poor performance saw the Dutchman make way for Luke Shaw at half-time.
Scott McTominay (CDM): 4/10
Poor in his positioning and tracking of opposition players, McTominay failed to provide adequate support to the defence on Sunday. With Casemiro likely to be granted a start in the Europa League, the Scotsman will be keen on retaining his place in the starting line-up this weekend.
Christian Eriksen (CM): 3/10
Having struggled to cope with City’s dynamic midfield transitions, Eriksen failed to have an impact in possession. Expected to remain a vital part of the team’s prospects this season, the Danish international will be keen on delivering notable performances over the coming weeks.
Antony (RW): 4/10
An impressive strike saw Antony net United’s first goal of the afternoon on Sunday. Yet to perform to his potential, the Brazilian will be keen on delivering notable displays moving forward.
Bruno Fernandes (CAM): 3/10
Ill-disciplined with and without possession, Fernandes remained an unimpactful figure for most of the ninety minutes. Seemingly struggling to adapt to his new role, the attacking midfielder will be hoping to improve his performance over the coming weeks.
Jadon Sancho (LW): 3/10
Poor in his application, Sancho struggled to make a difference in attack on Sunday. Having struggled for consistency this season, the winger will be looking to improve on his overall contributions moving forward.
Marcus Rashford (ST): 3/10
Underwhelming in possession, Rashford remained a passenger for most of the ninety minutes on Sunday. With Anthony Martial having returned from injury, the England international is expected to battle it out with Sancho for a place on the left flank over the coming weeks.
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Man United Player Ratings Vs Man City: Substitutes
Victor Lindelof (RCB): 5/10
Replacing Varane before the break, Lindelof remained a steady presence in the backline. Unlikely to cement his place in the first-team line-up anytime soon, the Swedish international will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Luke Shaw (LB): 5/10
Having struggled to cope with the intensity of the game, Shaw failed to make a notable difference on Sunday. Likely to be granted opportunities moving forward, the left-back will be keen on cementing his place in the starting line-up over the busy period of fixtures.
Casemiro (CDM): 5/10
Whilst expected to be included in the starting line-up, Casemiro, yet again, found himself on the bench on Sunday. Expected to eventually slot into the midfield, the Brazilian midfielder will be keen on making the best of his opportunities moving forward.
Anthony Martial (ST): 7/10
Having netted a brace following his introduction, Martial is expected to return to the starting line-up this weekend. Likely to emerge as a pivotal contributor to the team’s prospects this season, the Frenchman will be keen on staying fit and avoiding injuries over the coming weeks.
Fred (CM): 6/10
Introduced to add bodies in the midfield, Fred produced a decent cameo on Sunday. Expected to be granted starts over the busy period of games, the Brazilian will be keen on regaining his place in the starting line-up moving forward.
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