Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-0 Sheffield United (Premier League)

Manchester City extended their winning streak to 12 after a comprehensive - albeit slightly nervy - win over an in-form Sheffield United side. Here's how we rated the players...
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Manchester City extended their winning streak to 12 after a comprehensive - albeit slightly nervy - win over an in-form Sheffield United side. 

City took an early lead thanks to Gabriel Jesus tapping in from close range after some excellent play by Ferran Torres, but the Blades’ defensive stubbornness prevented City from extending their lead.

Here's how we rated the players...

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Ederson – 7

Another day at the office. Ederson once again had very little to do as he recorded his 12th clean sheet of the season. 

Kyle Walker – 6

Preferred to Cancelo thanks to his superior physicality, Walker played well on his return to the side, his work-rate was typically excellent, and his pace helped to negate the ever-looming threat of the Blades’ breaks. Occasionally suspect in possession.

Ruben Dias – 9 (MOTM)

The Portuguese expertly directed the defence, was strong in possession and easily neutralised the threat of Burke’s pace throughout the game. Dias’s exceptional reading of the game allowed him to anticipate and nullify several Sheffield United attacks and Dias again proved integral in City recording yet another clean sheet. Flawless.

Aymeric Laporte – 7.5

On his return to the starting line-up, Laporte was faultless. The Frenchman was strong aerially and often displayed his renowned ball-playing ability as he looked to kickstart City attacks and assist with the build-up play.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 8

Excellent positionally, rarely lost the ball and created several chances. Zinchenko linked up very well with Fernandinho and Foden throughout the game and forced a good save from Ramsdale midway through the second half. Probably his best performance of the season. 

Fernandinho – 8

Could’ve been stronger in possession but had a very good game overall. ‘Dinho helped set the tempo, but his eagerness to venture forward compelled Gundogan to stay back and this perhaps hindered City creatively.

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Had less of an impact than in recent matches, but the German still created several great chances courtesy of his accurate crosses and was unfortunate not to record an assist.

Bernardo Silva – 8

Tenacious performance. Silva's work-rate throughout the game was nothing short of immense, he contributed well both going forward and defensively and looks to be again nearing his 2018/19 form.

Ferran Torres– 7.5

Did immensely well to provide an assist for Jesus’ opener, but could have done more throughout the game. 

Gabriel Jesus – 7

Gifted his first goal in 10 appearances early-on courtesy of some poor defending and linked up well with the midfield throughout the game. Jesus’ positioning is often suspect, and he should be looking to hit the front post more often akin to Aguero and Ferran Torres. Jesus should have killed the game in stoppage time but his telegraphed effort was well denied by Ramsdale.

Phil Foden – 6.5

Quiet in the first half with much of City’s play focused on the right flank, but was much more lively after the break. Foden played a well-weighted through ball to Jesus in stoppage time but the Brazilian fluffed his lines. Final ball lacking at times.

Substitutes:

Rodri – N/A

Introduced in the 90th minute to help see the game out. No real time to mark.

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