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Player Ratings: Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United (Premier League)

Vayam Lahoti

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Player Ratings: Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United (Premier League)

Manchester City put Manchester United to the sword from minute one as the Blues claimed a sensational 6-3 win on a glorious Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

Phil Foden opened the scoring after a lively start from the hosts with a clever finish at the near post past Manchester United keeper David De Gea, who saw Erling Haaland head in a second from Kevin De Bruyne's corner just past the half hour mark.

Haaland made it three shortly after with his second as he leapt to the end of another inch-perfect De Bruyne ball to seal a devastating team move.

It was four before the interval and Haaland turned provider on this occasion as the Norwegian set up fellow boyhood City fan Phil Foden for his second - a tap-in at the end of another quick counter from the men in blue.

Antony scored a beautiful goal from distance to reduce the deficit to three at the start of the second half but City made it five soon after as Haaland completed his third hat trick in three consecutive Premier League home games.

It was Foden who sealed a treble as he finished expertly past De Gea after being played in by Haaland to increase his side's lead before Anthony Martial headed in from close range in the final 10 minutes.

Martial reduced the deficit further with a penalty in stoppage time but Manchester City revealed once again over the course of 90 minutes the difference in class between the red and blue halves of the city.

Here's how we rated the Manchester City players in another resounding triumph on their patch-

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden (Alamy)
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden (Alamy)

Ederson - 7/10

Could not have done much about Antony's strike from distance and was in no position to stop Martial heading into an empty net late on but his distribution was key in the genesis of many City attacks throughout and he did

Kyle Walker - 7/10

Was key in the build up to the opener and despite a shaky moment at the back or two, he dealt well with the pace United possessed the few times they broke on the counter. Was unlucky to be hauled off just before half time with injury.

Manuel Akanji - 8.5/10

Akanji was one of the best players on the pitch - which is testament to just how good the Swiss international was throughout.

He won his aerial duels and was a rock at the back against a dangerous United attack in the absence of Ruben Dias and John Stones from the lineup.

Pep Guardiola rejoices on the touchline against Manchester United (Alamy)
Pep Guardiola rejoices on the touchline against Manchester United (Alamy)

Nathan Ake - 8/10

Similar to Akanji, he was composed in possession and often drove into midfield and played into the likes of De Bruyne and Gundogan to set up attacking plays.

Joao Cancelo - 8/10

Combined creatively with Jack Grealish on the left flank throughout. His ability on the ball, passing range and technical prowess were on display against City's bitter rivals.

Kevin De Bruyne - 8.5/10

There's very little that hasn't been or needs to be said about Kevin De Bruyne but do keep an eye on the assist charts if you can keep count!

Ilkay Gundogan - 8/10

Deserves a lot of praise for doing a stellar job in one of the most demanding areas of the pitch in the absence of the excellent Rodri.

A true captain's performance from Gundogan as he tied the defence and attack together and stepped up when Guardiola needed him to fill in ahead of the back four.

Bernardo Silva - 8/10

His work rate off the ball, positional sense and technical ability are a manager's dream and you can only wonder why Guardiola is desperate to keep hold of City's little magician season after season. Another brilliant showing from the Portuguese, who set up Foden for the opener, on the big stage.

Phil Foden - 9.5/10

Certainly one case where the words need to be written. Foden has received criticism for a supposed 'slow' start to the season and for his recent displays for a lacklustre England side.

The Stockport-born starlet shut his critics with one of his most decisive and inspiring outings in blue as he caused havoc amongst the United defence and came away with one of the matchballs!

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden (Alamy)
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden (Alamy)

Erling Haaland - 10/10

No words needed. Further praise due when he scores against Copenhagen next week in the Champions League.

Jack Grealish - 8/10

After silencing his doubters partly with an early opener against Wolves the last time City were in Premier League action, Grealish made a fast start against United and was heavily involved in the early stages as the hosts sorcered wave after wave of attacks against Erik ten Hag's men.

City's record signing deserved to be rewarded for his showing with a goal involvement but he should be proud of what he put on the plate on derby day.

Substitutes-

Sergio Gomez - 7.5/10

Did a stellar job filling in at left back after Walker went off and set up Haaland for his third.

Cole Palmer - N/A

Riyad Mahrez - N/A

Aymeric Laporte - N/A

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Premier League, Manchester United, Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, Pep Guardiola, Erik Ten Hag, Anthony Martial, Antony, Football

Vayam Lahoti
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