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Player ratings as citizens reserve last place at Carabao Cup


Manchester City reserved their place in the Carabao Cup final for the fifth time in six years with a 2-0 victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

After an entertaining first half ended scoreless, John Stones gave City the lead four minutes into the second period – with the returning city center returning home Phil’s whipped free kick. Foden with his thigh.

City scored their second in the final 10 minutes, with Fernandinho sending a low volley past Dean Henderson to secure their place in the Carabao Cup final for the fourth consecutive season.

Dean Henderson (GK) – 6/10 – Popped up with a good second half save to score a Sterling header around the post – followed by a fabulous save to tip a Riyad Mahrez effort a few minutes later.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 5/10 – Had a tough night against the very lively Foden. His second-half header was tame and he fell straight to the feet of Fernandinho, who stole City’s second at home.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 6/10 – did well to pick up Mahrez and win the ball past City in the closing stages of the first half as the visitors mounted a promising attack. Had flat feet and failed to handle Foden’s delivery in preparation for City’s opener.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 5/10 – Aimlessly attempted to clear Foden’s free kick as the ball floated to the unmarked Stones for City’s opener.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 6/10 – Did well to dispossess Sterling in the first half in United’s box as City rushed menacingly but were guilty of losing Stones in preparation for City’s opener.

Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes started in an advanced midfielder role for United | Pool / Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CDM) – 6/10 – Pulled from a distance in the first half. Conceded the free kick that led to City’s opener and was substituted 15 minutes from time.

Fred (CDM) – 6/10 – Picked Rashford with a fabulous lofted pass in the first half to put the United striker behind, from where he could have opened the scoring. Replaced by three minutes remaining.

Bruno Fernandes (CM) – 5/10 – Tested Zack Steffen inside 10 minutes with a scathing effort from the edge of the box, and soared wide in the second. Never able to exert his usual devastating creative influence on the game.

Marcus Rashford, Fernandinho
Rashford started wide for United | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Marcus Rashford (RW) – 5/10 – Came close to opening the scoring for United in the first half but was denied by a block from Dias. We had a very frustrating evening, rarely seeing much joy on the right flank.

Anthony Martial (ST) – 5/10 –
It looked crisp and had a few promising driving tracks down the City’s backline, but was kept relatively quiet by the strong Stones – Dias partnership.

Paul Pogba (LW) – 6/10 – Chose Fernandes in preparation for a decent second half for United. Inserted in the central midfielder for the last 15 minutes.

Mason Greenwood – 5/10

Donny van de Beek – N / A

Joao Cancelo, Paul Pogba
Cancelo had a battle with Pogba on the right flank of the city | Pool / Getty Images

Zack Steffen (GK) – 6/10 – Produced a good save to refuse Fernandes in the first 10 minutes, but was rarely tested.

Joao Cancelo (RB) – 7/10 – Often drifted inside when City were in possession, functioning as a fourth central midfielder. Pulled a lightning effort a few inches into the second half of the edge of the box.

John Stones (CB) – 7/10 – Opened the scoring for City in the second half, the most alert man on the box as he returned Foden’s free kick home with his thigh.

Ruben Dias (CB) – 8/10 – Misjudged a play in the opening trade and was fortunate not to be punished – but hardly put a foot down for the rest of the game. Produced a superb block in the first half to prevent a goal-related Rashford effort.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7/10 – Rarely ventured forward in order to stick to his defensive duties rigorously – resulting in a frustrating night for Rashford.

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne was at the heart of the action | Pool / Getty Images

Fernandinho (CDM) – 8/10 – City’s lead doubled with a volley instinctively hit from the edge of the box to the lower right corner of Henderson’s net. Protected the city of four impeccably.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 7/10 – One goal was narrowly ruled out for offside in the first five minutes. Efficient in possession, energetic and stubborn.

Kevin de Bruyne (CAM) – 8/10 – Rocked the post with a bubbly effort from the edge of the area after 12 minutes. Was at the heart of every dangerous move in town.

Pep guardiola
Foden saw a lot of bullet | Pool / Getty Images

Raheem Sterling (RW) – 7/10 – Spoiled a promising opening for City in the first half, attempting to beat Shaw when he could have faced de Bruyne. Bound well for a header in the second half, but he was dismissed by Henderson.

Riyad Mahrez (ST) – 6/10 –
Playing in an artificial false nine role, Mahrez made a fantastic second-half save from Henderson with a well-hitting practice from a distance. Replaced by 12 minutes remaining.

Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – Picked Gundogan with a perfect cross in five minutes but the German’s goal was ruled out for offside before seeing his own well-taken goal scored for offside. Prepare for City’s first game with a teasing dead ball.

Rodri – 5/10