David Silva sparks Manchester City’s precious derby victory over United

first_img 18 Delph 20 Bernardo Silva Share on LinkedIn 8 Gundogan Twitter 9 Lukaku Corners 17 Fred Pep Guardiola made one change from the previous league outing, preferring Riyad Mahrez to Leroy Sané, a surprise considering the German’s flying form. Alexis Sánchez could also count himself unlucky to be dropped for similar reasons as Mourinho made four changes from the win at Bournemouth. Marcus Rashford replaced Sánchez at No 9 and Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera came in for Juan Mata, Fred and Paul Pogba, who failed a late fitness test.City soon began enjoying the kind of space that makes them lethal. First a raking Fernandinho pass was collected by Bernardo Silva and he let go with a 30-yard shot that narrowly missed to David de Gea’s left. A few moments later David Silva got in behind United but no City man could finish.Twelve minutes in and the visitors capitulated. Ashley Young failed to tackle David Silva, who turned the ball around the corner to Raheem Sterling. His cross curved in front of De Gea and Luke Shaw allowed Bernardo Silva to ping the ball back across goal, where David Silva was waiting to crash home for a seventh time this season. Share on WhatsApp Possession 47 Foden Guardiola’s men ended the half as they began, bombarding United’s goal as the two Silvas again terrorised and Sergio Agüero might have doubled the lead when the Portuguese one played him in: he could only find the side-netting.Given the gap in points, a win was desperately required if United were to keep any title pretensions alive. Instead City dealt them a hammer blow. Lingard fumbled a regulation control near halfway, Bernardo Silva pinged the ball to Agüero and when he swapped passes with Mahrez the Argentinian smashed home a ninth derby goal to go level with Sir Bobby Charlton. With this victory Manchester City surely killed any lingering hopes Manchester United had of competing for the league title.José Mourinho’s side made a fight of it but City always appeared a class – at least – above and left United staring at a 12-point gulf to the leaders and seven from a Champions League berth. 23 Shaw Ederson Distribution was excellent but his bungled challenge on Lukaku gave United a penalty and belief. 4/10 Kyle Walker Did not raid forward as often as usual but the England defender was generally solid. 7 John Stones Tidy in possession and unperturbed at the back for most of the game. 6 Aymeric Laporte Read the game with authority and passed progressively. But shot waywardly after going forward. 7 Benjamin Mendy Always available on left to join in interplay or deliver crisp early crosses but not with usual precision. 6 Fernandinho Intelligent and precise, providing both security and stimulus for his team’s magicians. 8Bernardo Silva A constant threat, making mischief – and two goals – with vision and skill for the home side. Booked. 8 David Silva Ubiquitous yet elusive, ingeniously pulling strings throughout the match. 9 Riyad Mahrez Threatened down the right with clever running and passing until his departure. 7 Sergio Agüero Swiped at fresh air at early chance but finished emphatically to score at start of second half. 7 Raheem Sterling Sharp throughout. Superb cross for City’s opening goal. But not clinical when given chance to score. 8Subs: Leroy Sané (for Mahrez 62) 7, İlkay Gündoğan (for Agüero 75) 7, Phil Foden (for D Silva 90) n/aRatings by Paul Doyle City’s David Silva and Sergio Agüero display their enduring brilliance (s 57′) Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest 10 Rashford 7 Sterling (s 73′) (s 90′) Substitutes 27 Fellaini Was this helpful? Man City Match stats Goal attempts MNU MNC José Mourinho defends Manchester United from ‘outplayed’ claims MNU36MNC64% 7 Sanchez Manchester City Sign up for The Fiver, the Guardian’s daily football email. match reports Share via Email Share on Twitter Read more Thank you for your feedback. Fouls Pinterest 14 Laporte 5 Stones 22 Mendy The contest was unfolding inside a raucous Etihad Stadium, the atmosphere as vibrant as would be hoped for this occasion. By the midway point of the half United had, at last, gone some way to quietening their opponents and the crowd. Fellaini, Rashford, Herrera, Shaw, Lingard and Anthony Martial were starting to combine and an effort from the latter crashed off John Stones to leave him momentarily floored. This new-found composure was illustrated by a dinked left-foot pass from Fellaini to Young along the right as City were pinned back: hardly a regular experience for them at this venue.United had managed to compress the game into the middle third – a far safer area than that near their goal. This had Guardiola shaking his head and the visitors able to launch the odd attack as when Shaw found Martial in City’s area, though the No 11 could not control the ball. 25 Fernandinho Hide 19 Sane Quick guide Manchester City player ratings (s 73′) Reuse this content 4 Kompany 26 Mahrez Juan Mata of Manchester United reacts after Manchester City’s third goal. Photograph: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images (s 75′) Show 36 Darmian 33 Gabriel Jesus Man Utd Manchester United 31 Matic 36 64 31 Ederson 18 Young 5 1 Topics 2 Walker Share on Facebook 2 Lindelof (s 62′) 14 Lingard 12 11 21 Ander Herrera 11 Martial 12 Smalling 4 Jones Read more 8 Mata 1 de Gea Quick guide Manchester United player ratings Thank you for your feedback. It was now the toe-to-toe affair Mourinho – and the neutral – hoped for. A Fernandinho shot was saved low to De Gea’s right, Lukaku headed a corner clear and, on 72 minutes, Mourinho went for it via a double substitution that removed Herrera and Rashford for Sánchez and Mata. Guardiola answered by bringing on Ilkay Gündogan for Agüero. 12 Man City Off target 5 Man Utd 5 Man City On target 0 Man Utd 49 Muric Facebook Premier League Lineups 10 Aguero This put the volume level through the roof and, when Fernandinho put Sterling in, the forward might have made it game over if he had not dawdled. Instead Lingard was replaced by Romelu Lukaku and a Mourinho substitution was again successful. As with the introduction of Mata against Juventus last Wednesday, Lukaku’s entrance led to a goal. Martial put the ball through and Ederson inexplicably challenged and pulled the centre-forward down.Anthony Taylor awarded the penalty and Martial slotted the ball to Ederson’s left, the Frenchman’s seventh goal of the campaign arriving just before the hour to set-up a fascinating final third of the game. The City manager’s move worked a treat as the German confirmed the win with a late strike when Nemanja Matic was left ball-watching. Gündogan’s finish was as accomplished as the move that created it: a sweetly rhythmical, 44-pass sequence that offers a microcosm of the difference between the blue and red half of Manchester.If United had fashioned this it would be hold-the-front-page news. For Guardiola’s supreme team it is merely par for the course. They enter the international break in fine mood. In contrast Mourinho’s side remain, at best, a work in progress. Hide 22 Romero David De Gea At fault for their second, showing uncharacteristically slow reflexes after a weak kick. 3/10 Ashley Young Tormented by Sterling but always tenacious and made an important tackle to thwart Sané late on. 5 Chris Smalling Defended competently, for the most part, and had United’s first shot of the match. 6 Victor Lindelof Dutiful and determined in the face of swarms of attackers but his best is not good enough. 5Luke Shaw Lost track of Bernardo Silva for City’s first goal and booked after being lured into rashness by Mahrez. 4 Ander Herrera Looked out of his depth. Unable to keep tabs on David Silva and caught frequently in possession. 3 Marouane Fellaini Wholehearted and very useful for clearing crosses and set-pieces but carried no danger. 5 Nemanja Matic Like Herrera, unable to implement José Mourinho’s containment plan for the visitors. 3 Jesse Lingard The bad pass that ruined a counter‑attack summed up his failure to make an impact. 4Marcus Rashford Game but ineffective. Ran into a blind alley when given rare chance to lead rare counter-attack. 5 Anthony Martial Shoddy and too casual at times but converted the spot‑kick well and then perked up. 4 Subs: Romelu Lukaku (for Lingard 57) 6, Juan Mata (for Herrera 72) 5, Alexis Sánchez (for Rashford 72) 5Ratings by Paul Doyle 21 Silva Show Share on Messenger Substituteslast_img