After a turgid display against Shakthar Donetsk, Manchester City produced another poor performance – dropping two points at Newcastle. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, with City throwing away their lead as Jetro Willems equalised shortly after. Kevin De Bruyne’s outrageous strike late on looked like it had given the blues all three points but, yet again, more sloppy defending and questionable decisions allowed Jonjo Shelvey to lash home for a share of the points.
Here’s how we rated the lads following a disappointing afternoon on Tyneside:
Unable to do anything about either goal and had minimal to do all game.
Kyle Walker: 5
Spent most of the first-half in central midfield where his passing ability is nowhere near good enough to do so. Consistently beaten by Saint-Maximin and gave away the ball far too often.
John Stones: 5
Fifth consecutive start in the Premier League and things don’t really seem to be improving. Won lots aerially and challenged well, but was caught napping when Willems strolled passed him for their opener.
Overall, he was the best of a bad group at the back – providing some great balls through the channels. On another day, he could have seen red after needlessly fouling Javier Manquillo on the edge of the box in the final few minutes.
Benjamin Mendy: 3
Another dismal performance for the Frenchman on his road back from injury. Poor crossing, passing and defending led to a dreadful afternoon. His mis-control late on allowed Manquillo to win the free kick which ultimately got Newcastle back into the game.
Ilkay Gundogan: 5
I usually prefer him in the ‘six’ role but today disappointed with his lack of incision and chance creation. Picked up a needless booking – meaning he now misses the Burnley fixture on Tuesday night, and struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Kevin De Bruyne: 7 – Man of the Match
Today’s performance wasn’t exactly vintage De Bruyne but a strike like that deserves to win any football match. Created plenty of opportunities including an excellent ball for Sterling in the dying minutes.
David Silva: 6
Wonderful assist for the first goal providing Sterling with a beautifully cushioned backheel. Gradually faded as the game went on and was unsurprisingly taken off just after the hour.
Riyad Mahrez: 5
Struggled to get into the game but when he did, provided width and occasionally linked well with De Bruyne. After last week’s belter against Chelsea, and a rest midweek, it’s surprising that he offered so little.
Gabriel Jesus: 4
The phrase ‘born offside’ would be apt for the Brazilian’s performance this afternoon. Had one clear cut chance and fluffed his lines by shooting straight at Dubravka (he may have been offside anyway), as well as getting in the way of Sterling when he was bearing down on goal.
Raheem Sterling: 6
Showed pure quality to break the deadlock – a goal eerily similar to his strike against Atalanta, with his performance matching that night in Milan. Consistently tried to create but a frustrating afternoon for the English star who could have won it for the blues at the end.
Bernardo Silva: 5
Brought on at 1-1 for his trickery and ability to break teams down, but comfortably failed in his task after dragging a shot wide with just the keeper to beat.
Phil Foden: 5
It was great to see him come on in a must-win crucial situation and the young star did provide energy and got into spaces, as well as mistiming a headed chance just as he came on.
Introduced for his height and strength to see out the game. Being harsh, you could say that he could have blocked Shelvey’s strike but in reality, it was struck before he properly got there.
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