Player ratings [Manchester United]: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

Manchester United managed to prolong Manchester City’s title celebrations as they secured a stunning 3-2 comeback win at the Etihad Stadium. Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan handed a 2-0 advantage for City at the break, but a brace from Paul Pogba and a Chris Smalling strike ensured a strong second-half showing from Jose Mourinho’s men.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea – The Spain international was partially at fault for City’s second goal of the game, but made up for it with another point-blank save to deny Sergio Aguero late on – 7/10

Antonio Valencia – Needlessly have away a first-half opened which resulted in City’s opener. However, he was thereafter much comfortable with his positioning, whilst limiting the threat of Leroy Sane – 6.5/10

Eric Bailly – The Ivorian struggled to adjust to the pace of the City game during the first period, but came out after the break with a different mentality which worked to United’s benefit – 6/10

Chris Smalling – Poor with his marking of Vincent Kompany prior to City’s opening goal. However, he managed to resurrect himself with the United faithful with a powerful match-winning header – 7/10

Ashley Young – Struggling initially with the pace of Raheem Sterling on the right. Gained confidence as the game went on, and was fortuitous to have not conceded a penalty for his lunging challenge on Aguero – 6/10

Nemanja Matic – The Serbian had a rather poor display in the first-half as he struggled to get his passing game going. After the break, he moved the ball with better intent and this allowed Pogba to influence play higher up the field – 7/10

Ander Herrera – The Spaniard was tasked with the job of limiting David Silva’s movement through the game. Worked tenaciously in the derby, and provided a brilliant assist for Pogba’s opener – 7.5/10

Paul Pogba – Following a dismal first-half display, the Frenchman stepped up to change the complexion of the game. Pogba scored two goals in the space of 97 seconds, and this turned the tide in United’s favour – 8/10

Jesse Lingard – Probably one on his average displays in a long while. Lingard was nearly non-existent during the first half, and could not capitalise on his positional advantage in the second  – 5.5/10

Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean appeared on course for another naive display, before turning things around. During the second period, Sanchez offered an excellent lobbed assist for United’s equaliser before another precise delivery for Smalling’s winner – 7.5/10

Romelu Lukaku – Lukaku has been so pleasing to the eye of late, but he was disappointing in the derby. Struggled to gain possession from the long-balls but his commitment and attitude remained positive through the match – 6.5/10

Substitutes:

Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay

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