Silva and Otamendi lead the way as Man City claimed deserved derby win

Silva and Otamendi lead the way as Man City claimed deserved derby win
From ESPN - December 10, 2017

In a Manchester derby where one team coveted the ball and the other paid too much attention to closing spaces, the points went to City. The 2-1 win ended United's 40-game unbeaten run at home and, perhaps, some of the arguments that City can be caught in the title race. There were some gaps and weaknesses but, overall and despite moments of panic at the end of each half, the leaders deserved to go 11 points


Rewarded for 42 minutes of stylish possession with the first goal, Pep Guardiola's men also showed how to dig in when the going got frantic and Nicolas Otamendi was immense at the back. Ball retrieval from Kevin de Bruyne and tough tackling by David Silva also featured as City put in a real shift.


The first half's good work was thrown away in an instant as Fabian Delph's error allowed a scarcely deserved equaliser to United. With Vincent Kompany also looking hesitant early, City's backline faltered at times when put under pressure from long and high balls.

Manager rating out of 10

8 --Guardiola chose to play Gabriel Jesus ahead of Sergio Aguero in an attack with a strange look to it: Jesus on the left, Leroy Sane on the right and Raheem Sterling breaking through the middle. Sterling hauled his marker Ander Herrera all over the place, but Sane and Jesus both looked better when they reverted to their normal positions in the second half.

Player ratings (1-10, 10 = best, players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson, 9 -- With a lot of attention on his opposite number David De Gea's majestic form, Ederson pulled off a miraculous double save late on to deny Romelu Lukaku with his chin and Juan Mata with his hands. City's No. 1 also dealt with shots from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Fast in recovery and mainly active in defence and midfield, as United came through on his side. He was booked early for a crunching tackle on Herrera and caught dithering on a couple of occasions.

DF Vincent Kompany, 6 -- Looked hesitant from the start and his first pass was an unnecessary punt out of play. Pulled back by referee Michael Oliver for an excellent tackle on Herrera and replaced at half-time.

DF Nicolas Otamendi, 9 -- Snuffed out an early threat from Martial and was always keen to launch attacks. Involved in both goals, with the ball breaking from him for Silva to open the scoring and then netting the second himself. Otamendi also made critical blocks.


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