David de Gea: 6
To return to a familiar theme, he couldn't do much with the goals — De Bruyne did him with his eyes, Iheanacho by standing unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box — and he didn't do much else wrong. Sent one vandersaresque pass out to the left wing in the second half.
Antonio Valencia: 5
Quiet in the first half, better and more aggressive in the second. Played the full 90 minutes despite having trekked back from South American in midweek. Let's hope Matteo Darmian enjoys the Europa League.
Eric Bailly: 4
Crucially failed to compete for a header with Kelechi Iheanacho, a failure that might have been forgiven had the ball not ended up in the United net a few seconds later. Shaky at moments with the ball at his feet, and visibly shattered by the end of the game, though by that point he was basically a one-man central defence, which sounds quite tiring.
Daley Blind: 3
Flat-footed when he needed to anticipate Kevin de Bruyne nipping in front of him, and flat-footed again when Iheanacho should have been half a yard offside. Neither City goal was entirely his fault — United's whole defence struggled with City's movement, particularly in the first half, and the move for the second goal was far too simple at every stage — but the man that makes the last mistake looks the silliest. To add insult to insult, Mourinho then came out and had a go at his passing.
Luke Shaw: 6
Coped okay with City's early tactic of targeting his right side, and got forward as often as he was able. Largely blameless in the grand scheme of things, and combined promisingly with Rashford in the second half.
Marouane Fellaini: 4
Generally effective whenever he managed to get a foot in, but it's games like this that really expose his technical inadequacies. City found it all to easy to play around him, and the ball doesn't stick to his feet. And despite having by his standards a relatively clean game, managed to knock out one of Aleksandar Kolarov's teeth.
Paul Pogba: 5
Looked excellent in fleeting moments, but was kept very quiet by and suffered in comparison to City's slick and busy passing. He was bought to make United's midfield competitive against the very best, and he has to offer more in games like these.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 3
Very, very poor. If that was down to his thigh injury, then this was a gamble that didn't work; if he just couldn't get a handle on the game, then that's worrying. Was presumably one of the unidentified players that Mourinho castigated directly after the game, though his manager did go on to clarify that the poor first-half performance couldn't be laid entirely at his and Lingard's door.
Wayne Rooney: 4
Busy but not particularly effective, and though he kept urging more pressing from his teammates, he wasn't always able to do his part. Should have had a penalty; got booked for an entirely witless revenge tackle on Claudio Bravo which, while vaguely amusing, let City off the hook in a moment of pressure. Still, if the measure of a Premier League captain is in their ability to chirp at the referee, he's the best in the country.
Jesse Lingard: 2
Probably United's worst performer, and doesn't even have the excuse of international football to fall back on. Spent the opening half hour or so miscontrolling everything that came his way and then just seemed to to vanish. If you told us he'd walked off early and found something better to do with his afternoon, we'd believe you.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 5
Took his goal magnificently but this was otherwise a weird and bitty performance from United's front man. Snatched at a chance to equalise when he had time to look up and place his finish, and quite why he was so far offside when Marcus Rashford had to shoot through him, only he knows. Didn't quite dominate in the air the way United might have expected him too, and wasn't always able to link up with his teammates.
Ander Herrera (on for Mkhitaryan, 45'): 6
Pretty decent for the twenty-five minutes or so between his introduction and United going full long ball. Less good after that because, well, he's a fairly small midfielder.
Marcus Rashford (on for Lingard, 45'): 7
Another sparkling cameo from United's new Official Silver Lining partner, who is surely going to start on Thursday against Feyenoord. We know about his finishing, but the contemptuous ease with which he dismissed Bacary Sagna out by the touchline suggests he could thrive starting wide.
Anthony Martial (on for Shaw, 81'): -
Didn't have much time to make an impact on the game, but the fact that it was Rashford rather than Martial that Mourinho turned to at half time is further evidence that the young Frenchman has yet to shake his post-Euros hangover.