Pep Guardiola’s men had to dig deep to grab all 3 points and maintain their 8-point gap at the top of the pile. West Ham looked a different outfit as Moyes set his team up with a certain game plan in place. Things looked bright for the Hammers as they went ahead thanks to a towering header from Ogbonna just minutes before the first half. City then came back all guns blazing as they scored yet another winner late in the game, to win by 2 goals to 1. Here are the player ratings of Manchester City.
Was hardly called up to make saves but could do nothing about Ogbonna’s header as he did everything to get a hand on the strike but the power and placement was too good.
Kyle Walker (6):
Was more of a winger than a fullback for the majority of the game. Always an attacking threat with his pace and crossing.
Nicolas Otamendi (6):
Was out-powered by Ogbonna for West Ham’s first but his touch at the face of the goal levelled things up. Very little in terms of defensive duties for the Argentine.
Eliaquim Mangala (5):
Was found shaky at times at the back and almost put City in trouble as he was out-muscled by Arnautovic a little too easily.
Was not the greatest attacking threat although he was higher up the pitch most of the time. Defensively had very little to do. Was subbed off at the half for Jesus.
Kevin De Bruyne (6.5):
He wasn’t at his fluent best on the night and was left frustrated that got him booked. Despite a rare off day, he managed to provide the assist for City’s winner by Silva; a beautifully floated cross.
David Silva (8):
City’s match winner and Man of The Match for tonight’s game. His silky movements and passing were simply brilliant. Angled his body brilliantly to grab the winner and the 3 points.
Raheem Sterling (6):
A quiet day for the speedster as he was surrounded by West Ham bodies constantly. Missed a glorious opportunity to find the back of the net following a save from Adrian.
Sergio Aguero (6):
Could hardly find an inch of space to manoeuvre the ball to have a clear sight on goal. West Ham defenders did well to stick close to him and not allow any sort of room.
Leroy Sane (6):
Did his best to fling in some crosses for the City attackers but was well regimented by the Hammers. Was not his most fluent of displays.
Gabriel Jesus (7):
Made a huge difference to City’s attack in the second half as they looked a lot more threatening. His movements on and off the ball caused a lot of problems for the West Ham defenders.
Bernardo Silva (NA)