Amongst all one city derbies in the world football,currently Manchester derby, of over $550 million worth of players easily comes at the top hierarchy of world football.
It was a boring derby,one can’t blame you if you dub the match as between MancheSnore City vs Manchester Yawnited.After 2003, it was the first time when Man Utd didn’t get a shot on target in the first half(it took them 82minutes). Both team came for 1 point it seems,as City without Aguero and Silva, maintained a high line and Man United benched Darmian and Depay,looked out of pace and intent.Rooney had a clash with city captain Kompany ,which made his head splattered with blood.
Lingard came closest to score as he hit the crossbar and Smalling forced a great save from Hart. Wayne Rooney continued his bad patch as he looked in “I am just married mama” Adam Sandler mode.
De Gea 6: Didn’t have much to do,kept his first clean sheet in his 10th Manchester Derby
Valencia 6: A lot of eyebrows were raised when Darmian was dropped as rightback. Valencia played as RB ,started confidently,got into good positions,got the better of Kolarov but lacked maturity. Valencia has completed 100% of his passes in the opening 25 minutes.Was good in going forward ,”one direction” anyone?
Phil Jones 5.5: was shaky,passing was poor,gave away corner.Kaya Hall was on the stands?
Smalling 6: Didn’t have much to do.Almost found the back of the net with his header. Didn’t go for blind pace
Rojo 7: United”s best defender on the pitch.Always kept Kevin De Bruyne in check.Reached the ball before he did.Put up some dangerous crosses. Marcos Rojo’s game by numbers vs. Man City: 100% aerial duels 5 clearances 4 crosses 3 tackles won 2 interceptions. Top notch Rojo made KDB look like Kevin Doyle
Schweinsteiger 6: Did well,was solid, Schweinsteiger completed 62 passes against City, 10 more than any other player on the pitch. 83% pass accuracy 4 blocks 2 clearances 1 tackle won.Controlled the midfield with.
Morgan Schneiderlin 6.5: Put up another decent performance,was doing breaking up of play. Morgan Schneiderlin vs Man City: 87% pass accuracy 5 interceptions 2 tackles won 2 fouls 1 clearance . Was best DM in the house.
Herrera 6: almost won his team a penalty.Was very defensive and alert.Using Herrera as no. 10 won’t work
Mata 5: A rare off day for him,was replaced by Lingard.Mata couldn’t find space and was ineffective. failed to complete a single take-on today. 86% pass accuracy 1 completed cross 0 shots 0 chances created 0 take- ons :his stats
Martial 7: was the only united player who looked hungry to score ,was the source of pace,made darting runs,displayed fantastic hold up play. Martial was brilliant whenever the ball came to him.Playing him as winger to accomodate Rooney was baffling. 81% pass accuracy 13 take ons 3 crosses 2 blocks 1 chance created read his stats
Rooney 4: Was bad,after 300+ goals,140+ assists,it looks like his time for united is up.Misplaced balls and passes,looked non existent,whenever a ball was passed to his feet with pace,looked in trouble.Rooney looked like the Robert De Niro character in “the fan” who kidnaps kids( read martial and herrera) and forces to play football with him
Hart 7: Showed immense maturity,handled a Kompany back pass with elan and made a brilliant save of Smalling shot. On the 62″ made a crucial tackle. registered his 100th Premier League clean sheet with Manchester City .
Sagna 5: struggled throughout against Martial.The throw he took is the highlight of his today
Kompany 6: Needlessly yellow carded and made needless tackles. Kompany and Otamendi was a Perfect partnership.
Otamendi 7: Solid,deleted Rooney like a virus. Oh wait, Rooney was pathetic anyway. His dangerous shot was blocked by Rooney. His stats: 10 clearances 3 interceptions 3 tackles won 2 aerial duels won. Superb.
Kolarov 5: poor display.Almost fed Lingard to score a goal.His cross to Otamendi was amazing.Yes, ” Few people strike a dead ball better than Kolarov”
Fernando 6: Solid Dm,was protecting the defence with Fernandinho
Fernandinho 6: City looked much stronger in defender as fernando and fernandinho played together
Kevin De Bruyne 6.5: rare off day for the belgian.Was pocketed by Rojo.Fruitlessly moved to left wing.Made 7/8 misplaced passes.Caused some problems when moved at left though,gave good corner to
Yaya 5: was bad,missed chances
Sterling 5 :made zero impact ,was off the pace
Bony 6: Good linkup play,but ineffective,didn’t offer the penetration