Ratings: Stagnation seems to have separated the men from the boys; derby disaster for United once again

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. David Silva opened the scoring in the 12th minute of the game, Sergio Aguero doubling City’s lead in the 48th minute. United won a penalty in the 58th minute with Anthony Martial firing from the spot. United could have been back in the game but Ilkay Gundogan scored the third goal for City in the 86th minute, meaning United were now 12 points from the summit.

The analysis from the game, from the supporters will be that the manager was to blame, players were finished when it should be said that City were just better than United in every respect. United have a lot of investment to make if the owners and the hierarchy of the club want to contend for trophies in the future. After what happened in the summer, it is clear to see that contending for titles is not something the Manchester United of new wants to do. As long as the money is piling in. Business is the way forward.

There is not a Man of the Match for a defeat but there were some players who did better than others. However, there is a massive amount of improvement that will need to be made in order to turn this team into a collection of bumbling idiots to a team worthy or contesting for the major honours in the game. In five years, despite the amount of money spent, United have not really improved. Stagnation seems to have set in for the long haul.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one got a hand to David Silva's opening goal and could have done more to deny Sergio Aguero. Conceding a third was poor based on what he is capable of. Could he be becoming fed up of this United side being poor with the owners and hierarchy seemingly uninterested in competing at the top level?


18 Ashley Young

Had determination, which was something many of his teammates could not say they had. City gave him plenty of struggles.


12 Chris Smalling

Could have conceded a penalty but Silva scored anyway after the referee gave the advantage. Poor in defence and seemed to give in too soon. Will probably get a new contract, one which he does not deserve.


2 Victor Lindelof

Seemed comfortable in the first half but was done over by Aguero for the second goal. Has been the best defensive player recently. He's had a tough week playing against Ronaldo and Aguero. Positives to see though.


23 Luke Shaw

Could have reacted quicker to thwart Bernardo Silva to stop City from taking an early lead. Booked for a poor challenge on Riyad Mahrez and will miss the match agains Crystal Palace.


21 Ander Herrera

This was Herrera on an off day. He was slow on the ball, wanted too much thinking time before playing a pass. Was dispossessed often, although he did bust a get to get the ball back one.


31 Nemanja Matic

Caught watching the ball as Gundogan scored City's third. City's midfield had the better of United and Matic with height not always being an advantage.


27 Marouane Fellaini

Struggled to have an impact in the game, other than at defending set-pieces. He can hold his head high though, he was nor disgraced, although United were.


14 Jesse Lingard

Wanted to get involved and seemed to have the hunger, but after a long layoff, he's clearly very rusty. He needs to play in order to find his form again.


10 Marcus Rashford

Led the line from the start of the match. Did not have the ability to find the best places, like the blind leading the blind. He has the time to improve but playing as the main striker will need hard work and plenty of improvement, across the board, not just for Rashford. United created very little again.


11 Anthony Martial

Scored the penalty but seemed to be lacking confidence, which after being beaten by City again, could have brought. United need to bring in better players of continue to be left behind, this time by every team, not just those in the top six.



9 Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Lingard 56'. Had an immediate impact in the game, winning a penalty that Martial converted, taking it to 2-1. United failed to put the pressure on City to take something more, welcoming the pressure, conceding a third goal four minutes from time.


8 Juan Mata

Replaced Herrera 73'. Had little impact in the game after his introduction.


7 Alexis Sanchez

Replaced Rashford 73'. Not really involved in the game. Might not have been fully fit but it was too late in the game to get some attacking prowess, even at 2-1 down.


Goals: David Silva 12′, Sergio Aguero 48′; Anthony Martial 58′

Assists: Bernardo Silva 12′, Riyad Mahrez 48′;

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera (Mata 73′), Matic, Fellaini; Lingard (Lukaku 56′), Rashford (Sanchez 73′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Jones, Darmian; Fred

Bookings: Bernardo Silva 33′; Luke Shaw 42′

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