Man City vs Huddersfield Player Rating as City run riot as De Bruyne returns

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Manchester City showed their class as they beat Huddersfield 5-0 with Kevin De Bruyne returning from injury.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in complete control early on, with Jack Grealish looking dangerous down the left, but it was a major blow for the visitors as Manuel Akanji came off injured in the 15th minute.

In the end, City’s class showed when Phil Foden buried an effort from a tight angle after good work from Julian Alvarez.

The visitors went further ahead after the break when Oscar Bobbo’s deflected effort beat the keeper badly and went under the crossbar.

Arguably the biggest cheer of the afternoon, however, came when De Bruyne returned to action after exactly five months on the sidelines.

City were now going through the gears and got a fourth as Foden completed a fine team move for his second of the afternoon.

De Bruyne was then involved in City’s fifth when he crossed for Jeremy Doku who was tapping in from behind.

Man City  Player Rating

Stefan Ortega (6/10): Barely touched the ball until facing Sorba Thomas one-on-one and did exactly what he needed to do to prevent him scoring.

Manuel Akanji (5/10): Took an early bang to the ankle and after persevering he had to come off in the 18th minute.

Ruben Dias (6/10): One of the most comfortable games he has had for a while as Huddersfield barely attacked.

Josko Gvardiol (5/10): Switched over from usual spot of left-back to his favoured position of centre-back. Still not entirely on same wavelength as his peers.

Sergio Gomez (6/10): Made a rare start and shrugged off a bang in the face to put in a decent performance, especially in an attacking sense.

Mateo Kovacic (7/10): A fine display in every sense. Dominated the midfield, snuffing out any danger caused by the visitors, and key to some of City’s best moves.

Rico Lewis (6/10): Had to shift from midfield to right-back after Akanji came off but still very involved in attacking moves, setting up Alvarez’s goal.

Phil Foden (9/10): Continued his sensational form with two excellent finishes – especially the second – while calling the shots in midfield.

Oscar Bobb (8/10): Made the most of a rare start an looked like he had been in the first team for years. Superb touch and vision and the third goal had his prints all over it even if it was given as an own goal by Ben Jackson.

Julian Alvarez (7/10): Scored the second with a sliding finish but given the quality of the opponent he should have filled his boots.

Jack Grealish (6/10): Did what is usually asked of him but didn’t take the next step.

Subs

Matheus Nunes (6/10): The perfect game for him to get some confidence after a slow start to his City career.

Kevin De Bruyne (7/10): The roof almost came off the Etihad when he came on for the first time in five months and gave the people what they wanted by setting up Doku’s goal.

Jeremy Doku (6/10): Another triumphant return from injury, conjuring a classy half-volley for the fifth goal.

Micah Hamilton (6/10): Introduced in the 86th minute.

Jacob Wright (6/10): Made his competitive debut when he came on in the 75th minute.

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