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Manchester United’s four worst players against Manchester City

October 3, 2022

All the momentum Manchester United had built up following the massacre at Brentford evaporated after being pummelled 6-3 in the Manchester derby.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored a hat-trick apiece as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City gave the Red Devils a footballing lesson at the Etihad Stadium.

After winning four Premier League games in a row, which included back-to-back home wins against Liverpool and Arsenal, Ten Hag would have been forgiven for thinking that his side had turned a corner.

But just like at the Brentford Community Stadium, the Red Devils went in at half-time trailing the opposition 4-0.

With an inquest set to be held at Carrington tomorrow following today’s chastening defeat, we take a look at Manchester United’s four worst players against Manchester City.

Manchester United’s worst players against Manchester City

Diogo Dalot

The Portuguese right-back came into the derby in the form of his life and with his confidence soaring after netting his first senior goals for his country.

But United’s number 20 paid the price for being too eager at the start of the match against City.

Dalot wanted to get touch tight to Jack Grealish and following a neat turn, the former Aston Villa captain had the right-back on a booking inside a minute.

Playing in his first Manchester derby, the former Porto man looked a rabbit in the headlights when trying to defend against the tricky Grealish.

But he will no doubt learn from the experience and bounce back.

Tyrell Malacia

Like Dalot, the Dutchman was also playing in his first Manchester derby and like Luke Shaw at Brentford, the former Feyenoord man was hauled off at half-time today.

His case wasn’t aided after Marcus Rashford played a hospital pass which resulted in United’s number 12 pulling down Foden and being booked for a professional foul.

With City already three goals to the good, Malacia couldn’t prevent Foden from slotting home his second of the game on the stroke of half-time.

After impressing against Liverpool and Arsenal, Malacia was given the run around by Foden.

Bruno Fernandes

You wouldn’t have known Fernandes was on the pitch in the first half and the former Sporting Lisbon man struggled to get involved in the game.

In the second half, United’s number eight, who was once again wearing the captain’s armband, grew frustrated as City cruised to a big win.

Fernandes got a booking for answering back to referee Michael Oliver and both him and Christian Eriksen struggled to influence the game with them both uncharacteristically being wasteful and reckless in possession.

Jadon Sancho

But with his place in Qatar seemingly on the line with every performance, United’s number 25 wouldn’t have caught Gareth Southgate’s attention for the right reasons with his latest display.

The former Borussia Dortmund ace has struggled for consistency since joining the Red Devils, and he desperately needs to address that if he wants to stand any chance of making a late dart for the World Cup.

And with both Rashford and Anthony Martial back available for Ten Hag, the 22-year-old will need to step it up with the competition for places set to intensify.

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