Some where describing it as the most important Manc Derby in history. I personally wouldn’t go that far but it was a big one.
Both sides see themselves in 4th and 5th respectively, but both are aiming for Champions League football next season and with one point separating them, you could say this one was a big deal.
Manchester derbies are special anyway, with such a rich rivalry between two Premier League heavyweights. While this derby wasn’t the most entertaining or the highest scoring, it did have its good moments.
Despite the stalemate and no goals to talk about (other than Jesus’ offside goal in the 91st minute), the game did have a big talking point with Fellaini’s late red card. The tall Belgian was booked for fouling Aguero before receiving another booking not 30 seconds later for a ‘coming of heads’ with the Argentine striker.
While this game may have lacked goals, it certainly didn’t lack drama. The city most likely will be painted purple tomorrow morning (it won’t really) due to the share of points, but with City dominating the game and the result still leaving them above United by a point, some may think City will have the upper hand in the town of Manchester tomorrow.
The draw leaves City in 4th and United in 5th both with games in hand on Liverpool. Work will need to be done but it may look like both Manchester Clubs could get into the top 4 with Liverpool coming up short.
Manchester City Player Ratings:
C Bravo: 6 – Didn’t actually concede a goal, but did make a few mistakes resulting in injuring himself and was replaced late on.
P Zabaleta: 7 – Had a few shaky moments against Martial but other than that, had a decent game.
A Kolorov: 7 – Like his other full-back counterpart, he did have a few shaky moments up against some pace but was decent nonetheless.
V Kompany: 7 – Did well in defence but wasn’t tested too much throughout the game. Come back at the right time for City.
N Otamendi: 6 – Did struggle at times with pace and surprisingly, strength up against Rashford but didn’t do anything majorly wrong.
Y Toure: 7 – Done well in midfield with a range of good passing.
K De Bruyne: 7 – Played some of his best football again and was creative and opened the United defence up at times with his passing.
Fernandinho: 6 – Looked comfortable in midfield for the course of the game.
R Sterling: 5 – Didn’t look he’s usual self tonight and was poor in parts of the game.
L Sane: 6 – Like Sterling, also didn’t look at his best tonight and the City wingers, in general, struggled.
S Aguero: 8 (MOTM) – In a stalemate it can always be difficult to choose a star man but the striker has to get it despite not scoring. Looked the most likely to score on several occasions and did run the United Centre-backs tirelessly at points in the game.
W Caballero: 5 – Practically done nothing for the 15 minutes he was on but kept a clean sheet nonetheless.
J Navas: 5 – Didn’t have enough time to impress or influence the game.
G Jesus: 6 – Came on late and thought he had scored the winner in the 91st minute but ruled out for offside. Also booked for a foul on Rashford.
Manchester United Player Ratings:
D De Gea: 7 – Made a string of incredible saves and helped keep the game 0-0. Also picked up another clean sheet.
M Darmian: 7 – Didn’t really put a foot out of like and defended well throughout the game.
E Bailly: 7 – Impressive again in defence, turning into one of the league’s best centre backs.
D Blind: 6 – Looked to be exposed by Aguero at times, still done well and got the clean sheet.
A Valencia: 7 – The right back continued his solid form this season, with another solid performance.
M Carrick: 6 – Found it harder than usual and couldn’t pick out as many decisive balls for the attackers as usual but still had a decent game.
A Herrera: 6 – Played his role well but didn’t look as comfortable as usual without Pogba.
M Fellaini: 5 – He didn’t play terrible but he didn’t play great. The red card did him no favours whatsoever.
H Mkhitaryan : 6 – Wasn’t at his best tonight and didn’t have much to do with United playing a defensive game.
M Rashford: 7 – Also struggled with chances cause of United’s defensive game. However, on occasion he tore the City back 4 apart with his pace, strength and skill. The full-backs and Otamendi couldn’t handle him.
A Martial: 6 – Had a better first half completing 4 take-ons in just 20 minutes (more than any other player). Did struggle in the second half though. Looks more dangerous at LW than as a striker.
J Lingard: 5 – Couldn’t get into the game enough and didn’t have enough time to make an impact.
T Fosu-Mensah: N/A – Didn’t play long enough to make a real impact.
A Young: N/A – Merely brought on to waste time in stoppage time.
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