Goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay in each half sealed a valuable three points for Manchester United in a 2-0 win over Manchester City that keeps us in the hunt of the top four places.
Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Everton earlier in the day keeps them three points above us but we have reduced the deficit on Leicester City to five points before they face Aston Villa on Monday night football.
Manchester City dominated possession and territory on Sunday afternoon but an excellent defensive display from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side saw us keep another clean sheet.
Here are my player ratings from Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City:
David de Gea 7 – The Spaniard wasn’t forced into many difficult saves as Sergio Aguero didn’t produce a single shot all afternoon. The three central defenders and midfielders in front of him protected David de Gea very well.
Victor Lindelof 8 – Made numerous defensive clearances to keep the Citizens away from our goal all afternoon. Victor Lindelof has been in good form of late.
Harry Maguire 9 – Superb defensive display which included a slide tackle on Raheem Sterling inside the penalty area to deny the City forward a shot on goal. Harry Maguire lead the back three by example with a number of tackles, blocks and clearances.
Luke Shaw 8 – Didn’t look out of position playing on the left of a back three once again. Luke Shaw made a number of tackles as Phil Foden wasn’t too influential out on the wing for the visitors.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 9 – Superb defensive performance from Aaron Wan-Bissaka who spent most of the game as a right-back in a five man defence. The England international was rarely beaten and made tackle after tackle to win the ball back for his. He even had time to venture forward to put a couple of crosses into the box.
Fred 7 – A battling effort in the middle of the park from the Brazilian. He overplayed numerous through balls in the final 20 minutes as he missed the opportunity to play a teammate in time and time again. Booked for simulation when he should have had a penalty.
Nemanja Matic 8 – Excellent defensive performance in midfield which included a last ditch challenge to deny Manchester City a one-on-one. Our midfield was poor in maintaining possession today, particularly when our defence needed a breather in the second half.
Brandon Williams 6 – A quiet performance at left wingback as Brandon Williams didn’t get his foot in on any Manchester City players whilst also seeing little of the ball when going forward. Was replaced in the final quarter of an hour.
Bruno Fernandes 9 – Another superb performance from the Portuguese superstar in the number 10 role. His cheeky free kick assisted the opening goal whilst he got himself in some good goalscoring positions but for teammates failing to pick him out.
Anthony Martial 8 – A fine finish to give us the lead even if Ederson should probably have saved it. Anthony Martial was a threat to Manchester City on the counter-attack too but for the Manchester City goalkeeper denying a couple of times.
Daniel James 8 – Ran himself into the ground with a hardworking effort. Daniel James offered relief to our defence with a couple of long dribbles to bring the ball out of our half. Tested Ederson a couple of times too.
Eric Bailly (14 mins) N/A – Wasn’t on the field for too long today but still time to make a couple of clearances and continue his run without conceding a single clean sheet this season.
Scott McTominay (14 mins) N/A – A defensive change for Anthony Martial as we needed more bodies and energy in midfield for the final quarter of an hour. Scott McTominay failed to look after the ball time and time again though but produced a fine effort to seal the game in stoppage time.
Odion Ighalo (4 mins) N/A – Although he was only on for a couple of minutes, including the five of stoppage time, Odion Ighalo worked his socks off, held the ball up and brought teammates into play to help run the clock out.