Manchester United's four worst players against Manchester City

Manchester United have been beaten in the derby for the second time this season. After a competitive first half, United were completely outplayed after half-time.

City deserved the three points and controlled the game in the second half, with United tiring and struggling to get hold of the ball.

There are very few positives to take from this performance, and all United can do is dust off and move on, and hope to be more competitive against City next season.

Before we move forward, let’s check in with United’s under performers. There were quite a few to choose from amid a sobering defeat.

Harry Maguire

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United’s captain find himself among the team’s worst performers far too often. Kevin de Bruyne’s first goal went through his legs, and for the second, his defending was bizarre.

Maguire seemed to dummy a rebound from De Gea, when he could have cleared it for a corner. Instead he let it run through his legs, for City to knock into De Bruyne’s path to score again.

Riyad Mahrez’s volleyed third goal took a big deflection off Maguire, out of David de Gea’s path. It summed up another bad day for the captain.

Maguire also picked up a booking for a poor challenge on the halfway line, his seventh in the league this season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

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Many of City’s best moments in this game came down Wan-Bissaka’s right hand side. He struggled to get to grips with the interplay from Jack Grealish and Phil Foden in the first half.

Going forward, Wan-Bissaka did not contribute anything of note. As well as a weak point in defence, he was a weak point in attack, completing just 72 per cent of his passes.

Diogo Dalot should now return to the side. Wan-Bissaka is not the player to take United forward at this position, and this match seemed to underline this.

Scott McTominay

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Scott McTominay had no influence on this game and was totally bypassed by City’s passing. While he cut out the odd City attack, United need a central midfielder in his role who can contribute offensively too.

The Scotsman can do it against lesser opposition, but against a team like City there is no hiding place. He had no shots at goal and created no chances.

If United are going to improve as a team, a better quality starter than McTominay is required, and midfield partner Fred was no better.

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Fred has previously shown to be valuable to United but this was a particularly poor game from him. He was frequently caught out of position.

He gave away a free-kick on the edge of the City box too with a particularly needless foul which almost led to a goal.

Like McTominay he did not contribute enough on the ball or help United to keep it. Midfield remains the priority position where the team need to upgrade in the summer.

Honourable mention: Jesse Lingard, who came on in the 63rd minute and managed only two touches.

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