Manchester City vs Man United Player rating as Foden and Haaland lead Man City to comeback win against United

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Manchester City came from behind to win 3-1 over Manchester United to cut their lead over Liverpool at the top to just one point.

City dominated possession in the opening minutes, with United content to sit deep and try to counter through Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnach.

It was Rashford who opened the scoring with a simply stunning strike from 25 yards, beating Ederson after Bruno Fernandes equalised.

City responded with Phil Foden testing André Onan from a tight angle inside the box. A few minutes later, the Cameroon goalkeeper denied the England midfielder with another smart save.

United’s counter continued to cause problems for the home side, with Rashford the main threat in the opening 25 minutes.

The half ended with one of Erling Haaland’s mistakes of the season. After Phil Foden headed the ball across the box after a cross from Rodri, the Norwegian goalkeeper sent it over the bar from less than two meters to the astonishment of everyone present.

In the 56th minute, Phil Foden equalized for City with another incredible strike. After collecting the ball on the right, he went past Victor Lindelof before driving a left-footed shot past Onano.

A second City goal looked likely as the game went into the final 20 minutes, with Pep Guardiola’s side continuing to have almost all of the possession.

That goal came in the 80th minute and it was Foden again. A one-two with Julián Álvarez put him in the box and his low shot slipped past Onan to give City the lead.

Haaland made up for his earlier mistake with the third and final goal of extra time after Soyfan Amrabat gave the ball away on the edge of the box.

United remain in sixth place but are now 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa. As for City, they now face a mammoth title clash at Anfield.

Manchester City player ratings

Ederson: 6 – Barely had anything to do. Distribution as good as ever.

Kyle Walker: 7 – Some really good covering defending with his pace.

Ruben Dias: 6 – Costly slip wasn’t punished in the first half. Looked a little flustered.

Nathan Ake: 7 – Solid as ever. Couldn’t maraud forward as much as he usually does.

John Stones: 6 – Got on the ball in midfield but didn’t provide a good shield against counter attacks.

Rodri: 8 – Drove City on, as always, from midfield. Had a good volley saved in first half and grabbed two assists.

Bernardo Silva: 7 – Buzzed around in midfield and always trying to find gaps. A menace.

Phil Foden: 9 – Two brilliant goals and oozed class throughout. He’s City’s go-to play and is coming of age.

Kevin de Bruyne: 7 – Not his most influential game but still created so many chances.

Jeremy Doku: 6 – Saw plenty of the ball but couldn’t find the right final pass or cross. It will come.

Erling Haaland: 6 – Missed an absolute sitter in the first half. First touch was off but got his goal as he slotted home late on.

SUB: Julian Alvarez (59′ for Doku) – 7/10

SUB: Oscar Bobb (90′ for Foden) – N/A

Manchester United player ratings

Andre Onana: 8 – Kept United in it, especially in the first half, with a string of fine stops.

Diogo Dalot: 7 – Defended well at full back and won the battle against Doku.

Raphael Varane: 6 – Did his best to dig in but was caught out badly for Foden’s second goal.

Jonny Evans: 6 – Subbed off in the second half after suffering an injury. Did okay in sitting deep and making clearances.

Victor Lindelof: 7 – Like Dalot, kept Bernardo Silva quiet. Showed Foden inside for the goal but couldn’t do much about the finish.

Casemiro: 6 – A little slow in holding midfield and was caught out by Foden for his second goal. Looked tired in the second half.

Kobbie Mainoo: 7 – Did his best to keep hold of the ball when he could and provided a good shield for most of the game.

Bruno Fernandes: 7 – Lovely assist for Rashford’s goal and played the false nine well to give City a problem defensively.

Scott McTominay: 6 – Some surging runs upfield but United rarely found him with the final ball.

Alejandro Garnacho: 5 – Really struggled to impact the game. Had a few good counters but didn’t make the right pass.

Marcus Rashford: 6 – Stunning strike but pretty much everything else went wrong. Not sure what he was looking for as he went down before Foden’s equalizing goal.

SUB: Willy Kambwala (69′ for Evans) – 6/10

SUB: Antony (74′ for Rashford) – 5/10

SUB: Omari Forson (82′ for Garnacho) – 6/10

SUB: Sofyan Amrabat (82′ for Mainoo) – 4/10

Player Of The Match – Phil Foden (Man City)

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