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Player Ratings: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

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Uselessness all over the pitch

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Another Manchester Derby in the books and I think most of us would like to forget this one. Manchester United fell 3-1 to defending champions Manchester City. United did put up a fight when the second half rolled around, but it was a rather forgettable match. Here are our player ratings.

David De Gea: 5

David De Gea let three goals past him, but that wasn’t all his fault. His defense crumbled around him at times. He made a few great saves, in an attempt to keep United alive, even if he could have done better on the second goal.

Ashley Young: 6

Ashley Young sported the captain’s armband again on Sunday and rightfully so. He plays hard, defending the goal while also daring up the pitch to produce offensively. It wasn’t his best game, as he was beat out a few times by the City forwards, but he did what he could this match.

Luke Shaw: 5

Luke Shaw will be sitting out next week’s game after receiving his fifth yellow card. I think Shaw has really proved himself this season but needs to use his head a bit more when it comes to unnecessary fouls. He was all over the pitch but failed to make any big moves.

Victor Lindelöf: 4

Lindelöf stood strong in the first half but made a defensive blunder on City’s second goal, standing there and failing to aid De Gea. Sergio Aguero shot the ball straight past him, scoring his first Derby goal since the 2014-2015 season.

Chris Smalling: 4

Another poor match from Smalling. He nearly handed David Silva a late penalty. He has been making little mistakes in the box that add up.

Nemanja Matić: 4

Matić again seemed to be invisible on the pitch this weekend. He stood there like a spectator as Ilkay Gündogan netted the final City goal.

Ander Herrera: 4

Pointless possession after pointless possession this match. He made no significant impact on the pitch whatsoever.

Marouane Fellaini: 5

I am no Fellaini fan, but I must give credit where credit is due. He was pretty good defensively in the derby. Sure, he made no offensive impact, but one thing at a time.

Anthony Martial: 7

The lone Manchester United goal was scored by Martial on a penalty. He is still on his scoring rampage and for that I am thankful.

Marcus Rashford: 5

One thing I have to say about Rashford is regardless of performance, he always puts in the effort. He was just alright in this match. He made no big mistakes but didn’t produce much either. He charged at the goal with nothing to show for it.

Jesse Lingard: 4

Oh, Lingard, you break my heart. He hand-delivered Sergio Agüero with his breakaway goal. After an ineffective performance, he was an early sub. Why do those we love hurt us so badly?

Romelu Lukaku (Sub, 57’): 6

Lukaku came in as a sub and immediately drew the penalty that resulted in the only United goal of the match. He has been in a scoring slump and I was hoping this match would be when he’d come back to proper form, but I will happily take this contribution even if he didn’t actually score the goal.

Juan Mata (Sub, 57’): 4

Mata came on as a sub mid second half and didn’t produce anything aside from the ending argument with Raheem Sterling that got him scolded by Pep Guardiola. That was fun to watch.

Alexis Sánchez (Sub, 73’): 3

I wish I had something to say about this performance, but I do not. Alexis came in as a sub with Mata and did virtually nothing but pretend to be badly injured on a mediocre challenge.