Man Utd player ratings as Malacia struggles and Fernandes fumes

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Manchester United were beaten 6-3 in a stunning Manchester derby against rivals City, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scoring hat-tricks. Here is how Express Sport rated the Red Devils players as they staged a late but ultimately unsuccessful comeback. 

David de Gea – 4

De Gea had little chance of saving any of City’s goals. The Spaniard struggled to command his penalty area and United looked like conceding almost every time the ball was in their box. 

Diogo Dalot – 3

Dalot started as he meant to go on with a booking inside 100 seconds for a clumsy challenge on Jack Grealish. He and Tyrell Malacia endured a disastrous first half, in particular. 

Raphael Varane – 4

Varane and centre-back partner Lisandro Martinez were bullied by Haaland. The entire back four struggled to their line and City breached them with impunity. 

Lisandro Martinez – 4

While there has been too much made of Martinez’s lack of height, this was a game when he struggled to impose his physical attributes. The Argentine 

Tyrell Malacia – 3 

This was an unfortunate day for Malacia to produce his worst performance for United to date. The young Dutchman has been excellent since his move from Feyenoord – and will surely retain his place in the side – but failed to copy with Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Foden. He was hauled off at half-time. 

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Scott McTominay – 5

The struggles of Dalot and Malacia meant that McTominay constantly had to cover for his full-backs, while also attempting to prevent attacks in midfield. He seemed shattered as he was withdrawn for Casemiro on the hour. 

Christian Eriksen – 5

Bizarrely appeared to be marking Haaland for the Norwegian’s first goal – a header from a set-piece. Eriksen struggled to get into the game and therefore United lacked any grip of possession. 

Antony – 6

The Brazilian was one of few players in red who looked like they wanted to make something happen. Antony scored a stunning 25-yard strike to make the score 4-1, but was largely nullified by a City defence playing at walking pace. 

Bruno Fernandes – 4

Fernandes was anonymous at the Etihad Stadium and struggled to get into the game. His frustration at maybe his own performance was epitomised with an 80th minute yellow card for taking out his anger on referee Michael Oliver – bellowing at the official following the award of an relatively soft free-kick for the hosts. 

Jadon Sancho – 5

There were times in the first half when Sancho looked like he might cause some danger on the counter-attack. Sancho can take some credit for endeavour, but he was largely kept quiet by City’s full-backs. 

Marcus Rashford – 4

With United struggling for meaningful possession in the first half, there was little chance of Rashford having an impact. He had no opportunity to chase a pass in behind and was withdrawn for Anthony Martial on the hour. 

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Victor Lindelof (For Varane ‘40) – 4

Replaced Varane before half-time and endured the same struggles as the Frenchman. 

Luke Shaw (For Malacia ‘45) – 5

Shaw was better than Malacia – which was hardly impressive – and advanced forward on a few occasions. 

Casemiro (For McTominay ‘60) – 5

United looked slightly more solid with Casemiro in midfield. 

Anthony Martial (For Rashford ‘60) – 6

Martial will have done himself no harm by scoring twice in his half an hour on the pitch. 

Fred (For Sancho ‘70) – 4

Fred’s introduction coincided with a more controlled United performance. 

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