Pep Guardiola surprised everyone when he didn’t name a single recognised striker in the starting XI, but we didn’t need to worry, as the Blues treated us to a superb opening 45 minutes, scoring three fantastic goals. Marcus Rashford’s second half goal has given Manchester United some hope going into the second-leg; but City are in pole position to appear in their third consecutive Carabao Cup final.
Here’s how we rated the players after a brilliant derby win…
Bravo – 7
Made a few good saves and read the game well coming off his line to good effect. He had no chance of saving Marcus Rashford’s goal and was hardly found wanting.
Benjamin Mendy – 7
The left-back was mostly solid and looked comfortable throughout the game. The Frenchman played rather conservatively, but the left-back position no longer looks a link weak link when he’s on the pitch.
Fernandinho (C) – 8
A captain’s performance and solid as ever. He was strong aerially, commanded the defence well, and covered well when Walker bombed forward.
Nicolás Otamendi – 7
The Argentine defended well when called upon and was calm and collected throughout the game.
Kyle Walker – 8
The full-back played very well and didn’t do much wrong during an impressive 90 minutes. He also played a great reverse ball for Bernardo’s thunderous opener.
Rodri – 7
A relatively good night for Rodri – solid defensively whilst his passing was excellent. The Spaniard bossed the midfield until a half-hearted challenge led to United’s goal.
Ilkay Gundogan – 7
The German’s link-up play was good, as was his pressing and defensive contributions. Gundogan’s intelligence and ball-retention proved pivotal in City building from the back.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
De Bruyne capped his 200th City appearance with a fine performance. He revelled with the freedom presented to him as a result of both Gundogan and Rodri sitting deeper in the midfield, giving him fewer defensive responsibilities. The Belgian created City’s third goal with some fantastic skill turning past Phil Jones, and excelled in the advanced role until he was substituted for Gabriel Jesus following a heavy collision.
Riyad Mahrez – 8
Looks confident after a good run of games and his experience showed against the young left-back Brandon Williams. Easily rounded De Gea after a well-timed run to double City’s lead and was involved in the build-up to City’s third goal.
Bernardo Silva – 9 (MOTM)
His best performance of the campaign. He opened the scoring with a sweet strike before assisting City’s second with a fantastically weighted pass. Bernardo looks to be a natural replacement for David Silva in the long-run.
Raheem Sterling – 6.5
Sterling’s movement and work-rate were good but fluffed several chances to increase City’s lead. The England star struggled against the physical Aaron Wan-Bissaka and his final ball was lacking.
Gabriel Jesus (on for Kevin De Bruyne 80’) – 6
Jesus had little time to impact the game apart from his regular job of giving the linesman something to do when he drifts offside.
Phil Foden (on for Riyad Mahrez 85’) – N/A
Unused Substitutes: Ederson, Garcia, Cancelo, Silva, Aguero
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