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Walker Gets 8, De Bruyne With 7.5 | Manchester City Players Rated In Victory Vs Sheffield United

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester City clashed heads with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane earlier today hoping to pick up all three points on the road. The visitors made a dominant start to the game and created some glorious chances to score the opener. They finally managed to grab the lead in the 28th minute courtesy of Kyle Walker’s long-range goal. However, Chris Wilder’s men showed some grit and determination to go into the half-time break just one-goal down.

Both sides battled hard in the second 45 minutes but couldn’t add to the goal tally as the match finished 1-0 in favour of Pep Guardiola’s men.

Let’s take a look at how each Man City player fared during the clash against the Blades.

GK: Ederson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian goalie hardly had a save to make in the game and secured a comfortable clean sheet at the back.

RB: Kyle Walker – 8/10

The English full-back did not give away anything defensively and was always willing to join in on the attack. He scored the only goal of the match with a solid, driven strike from long range and deserved to be named the man of the match.

CB: Ruben Dias – 7/10

Dias dealt with everything that came his way and managed to keep track of Rhian Brewster’s runs on the counter. He will be happy with the clean sheet today.

CB: Aymeric Laporte – 7/10

He struck up a good understanding with his centre-back partner and did well to neutralise the threat of Ollie McBurnie during the 90 minutes.

Manchester City player ratings vs Sheffield United (Man City's Kyle Walker is seen shooting in the picture)
Kyle Walker of Manchester City scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Manchester City at Bramall Lane on October 31, 2020, in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

LB: Joao Cancelo – 7.5/10

The Portuguese full-back was defensively solid and even made some promising runs in the opposition half. It was a much-improved display from him today.

CM: Bernardo Silva – 7/10

Silva worked his socks off in the middle of the park and retained possession well for his side going forward.

CM: Rodri – 6.5/10

Rodri had a couple of nervy moments inside his half but did enough to help his teammates earn the all-important clean sheet.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7.5/10

The Belgian international was a joy to watch as he picked out some mesmerising passes during the game and created plenty of chances for his teammates to kill the game. He also tested Aaron Ramsdale with his powerful strike from a freekick.

LW: Raheem Sterling – 7.5/10

The English speedster got himself into some dangerous areas in the offensive end of the pitch. However, he failed to deliver a telling ball inside the opposition penalty box and was left a frustrated figure up top.

ST: Ferran Torres – 7/10

The Spaniard was clever with his movements but did not have the poacher’s instincts of a striker. He should have got his name on the scoresheet but still deserves credit for causing all sorts of problems for the Sheffield centre-halves.

RW: Riyad Mahrez – 6/10

The Algerian international was a constant menace for the Blades defenders but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.


ST: Phil Foden – 7/10

The youngster produced a bright cameo off the bench and did enough to help his side get over the finishing line with the clean sheet intact.

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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