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Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City REVIEWS: Bruno Fernandes and Raheem Sterling left frustrated

The Manchester derby turned into a largely boring affair at Old Trafford on Saturday night and neither team was able to break the deadlock.

United saw a second half penalty kicked out by VAR after Marcus Rashford was sidelined in a game with very few clear chances.

Both Kevin de Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes, who dropped below his usual high standards, also struggled to inject much-needed creativity into the clash.

SportsmailRichard Tanner has reviewed the performances of both sets of players …

Bruno Fernandes fell below his normal standards in Saturday's goalless Manchester derby

Bruno Fernandes fell below his normal standards in Saturday's goalless Manchester derby

Bruno Fernandes fell below his normal standards in Saturday’s goalless Manchester derby

Both Harry Maguire and John Stones were eye-catching as both sides had kept clean sheets

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-1-2)

David De Gea – 6

Atoned for a midweek foul with an essential first half save of Riyad Mahrez, but had little else to do.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6

Improved after a difficult start and kept Raheem Sterling on the line.

Victor Lindelof – 7

Threatened with two headers in the first half and was instrumental in improving United’s defensive play.

Harry Maguire – 8

Timely block on Sterling’s shot and came close with a header in the first half. Hardly set foot wrong, although booked to travel on Gabriel Jesus in the second half.

United captain Maguire barely got one foot on the wrong foot and blocked the bet of Raheem Sterling well

Luke Shaw – 6

Defended well and kept Mahrez quiet, but did not venture over the center line too often.

Scott McTominay – 6

Showed a lot of characteristic aggression in his tackling, covered a lot of ground and protected the back four well.

Fred – 6

Recovered from an early challenge by Kevin De Bryune who slowed him down for a while to produce a disciplined midfield.

Paul Pogba – 7

Justified Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to start him off with arguably his best performance of the season. Showed discipline and passed well.

Paul Pogba had arguably delivered his best performance of the season and justified his start

Bruno Fernandes – 6

As usual, United’s most creative player looked, but a fairly quiet game by its usual high standards.

Mason Greenwood – 5

Worked hard but didn’t get much service. Only the first half shot blocked and should have done better with the second half effort before being replaced by Martial.

Marcus Rashford – 5

Not one of his best games, but he didn’t enjoy much service, though a bad touch let him down when Fernandes passed him on. It seemed he had only won a penalty for VAR to sideline him.

Marcus Rashford went through a difficult evening, but did not enjoy much service from teammates

Substitutes:

Anthony Martial (for Greenwood 74th min). No real impact. 4.

Booked: Maguire.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)

Ederson – 6

The Brazilian didn’t kick his best, but he didn’t have a serious save to make.

Kyle Walker – 6

Well defended apart from a hasty challenge at Rashford when he was saved from a penalty by VAR.

John Stones – 7

Justified Pep Guardiola’s decision to play him with a solid defensive show that will have given on-going Gareth Southgate food for thought.

Stones also performed very well at Old Trafford and would have impressed Gareth Southgate

Ruben Dias – 6

Solid performance showed why City paid £ 60m for him – produced a fine block of Greenwood shot in the first half.

Joao Cancelo – 6

Sterling supported well on the left flank and played his part in City’s defensive play.

Rodri – 6

Typical solid show in the Spaniard’s midfield. Covered a lot of ground and knocked out United’s midfield.

Fernandinho – 6

Helped Rodri protect City’s defense while frustrating United’s midfield with his tackling and reading of the game.

Fernandinho was his usual busy midfield self and also left United frustrated with his tackling

Riyad Mahrez – 6

Denied by De Gea’s save in the first half when he should have scored. Substituted for Ferran Torres halfway through the second half.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7

The Belgian was behind all of City’s best work, but was off target with two decent chances and looked frustrated at the end.

Raheem Sterling – 5

Always searching with his skill and pace, but still looking for his first career goal against United.

Sterling has always been investigating United’s back line, but has yet to score his first goal against them

Gabriel Jesus – 5

Held by Maguire and Lindelof and wasted any chance in the first half when Mahrez put him in.

Substitutes:

Torres (for Mahrez 66th min) 5.

Booked: Fernandinho.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

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