Man United, Man City fail to demonstrate their title credentials


Man United 0-0 Man City

Manchester United and Manchester City missed the chance to demonstrate their title credentials with a cagey stalemate in their derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United had beaten their neighbours home and away in the league last season and thought they had won a penalty at the start of the second half when Kyle Walker clipped Marcus Rashford, but VAR rightly stepped in to correct a missed offside.

City were unusually lacklustre but did force under pressure David de Gea to deny Riyad Mahrez in a one-on-one and United captain Harry Maguire came up with key blocks from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne shots.

In total, there were just four shots on target in the match, and on an evening when caution appeared to be the focus for both sides, neither deserved the win. Instead, the draw leaves United and City four and five points, respectively, off leading sides Tottenham and Liverpool ahead of their games on Sunday.

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (5), Lindelof (8), Maguire (7), Shaw (6), Fred (7), McTominay (8), Pogba (7), Fernandes (6), Greenwood (5), Rashford (5).

Subs: Martial (6)

Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (6), Dias (6), Stones (8), Cancelo (7), Rodri (6), Fernandinho (6), Mahrez (6), De Bruyne (7), Sterling (6), Jesus (5).

Subs: Torres (6)

Man of the match: John Stones (Man City)