PLAYER RATINGS: Ederson was uncharacteristically horrendous whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka shone

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Manchester United stunned their rivals City to continue their march towards the top four on Sunday.

Anthony Martial gave the hosts the lead after a well-worked free-kick from Bruno Fernandes before Scott McTominay rounded off the 2-0 win late on.

Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan has the ratings from Old Trafford…

Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a first half lead after firing home from a free-kick

Anthony Martial gave Manchester United a first half lead after firing home from a free-kick

Manchester United (3-4-1-2)

David De Gea – 6.5

Hardly anything to do as City failed to fashion meaningful chances – good late save to stop Gabriel Jesus.

Victor Lindelof – 7

No-nonsense performance, refusing to take any risks and swept up intelligently when City broke.

Harry Maguire – 7.5

A few shaky moments but held his own against Sergio Aguero and marshalled the United back line.

Harry Maguire had a few shaky moments but held his own against Sergio Aguero on Sunday

Harry Maguire had a few shaky moments but held his own against Sergio Aguero on Sunday

Luke Shaw – 6.5

Continues to look more at home in a back three. Stood up to City’s movement in the early exchanges.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8.5

Relished the challenge of Raheem Sterling and defended superbly throughout. Ventured forward menacingly.

Nemanja Matic – 7

Kept things simple and underlined why United will give the central midfielder a new contract.

Fred – 7

All-action display as his stock keeps rising at Old Trafford. Gives them plenty of energy in midfield.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka relished the challenge of Raheem Sterling and defended superbly

Aaron Wan-Bissaka relished the challenge of Raheem Sterling and defended superbly

Brandon Williams – 6.5

Had the measure of Phil Foden; less so Riyad Mahrez. Always seems so composed in tight areas.

Bruno Fernandes – 7.5

Ingenuity has given United a different dimension. X-ray vision to assist the opening goal.

Daniel James – 7

The youngster’s pace gave Nicolas Otamendi all sorts of problems. Final ball occasionally lacking.

Anthony Martial – 8

Always a threat in behind and the goalscorer’s movement a constant thorn in City’s side.

Strikes from Scott McTominay and Martial earned United a huge 2-0 win over rivals City

Strikes from Scott McTominay and Martial earned United a huge 2-0 win over rivals City

Subs

Eric Bailly (for Williams, 78)

Scott McTominay (for Martial, 78)

Odion Ighalo (for Fernandes, 88)

Subs not used: Romero, Mata, Greenwood, Tuanzebe

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 7

Game plan worked a treat again in a big fixture. Gamble to sit back with the substitutions late on paid off.

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson – 4

Uncharacteristically horrendous error for Martial’s first-half opener. And another for the second in stoppage time.

Ederson made an uncharacteristically horrendous error for Martial’s first-half opener

Ederson made an uncharacteristically horrendous error for Martial’s first-half opener

Joao Cancelo – 6

Still attempting to grasp City’s style of play on the ball, although defended with more assurance.

Fernandinho – 6

Appeared relatively comfortable, even with United’s pace on the break. Mopped up well to cover for others.

Nicolas Otamendi – 5

Offered barely any protection from his left back. Still, should be smarter in one-on-one situations.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4.5

Looked like a left back who has started just two Premier League games since December. Out of sorts.

Nicolas Otamendi was offered barely any protection from his left back but should be smarter

Nicolas Otamendi was offered barely any protection from his left back but should be smarter

Bernardo Silva – 6

City did not see enough of the Portuguese’s driving runs from midfield. Lacked movement around him.

Rodri – 5.5

Won his duels, completed the majority of passes, but played a little too safe, slowing City down.

Ilkay Gundogan – 5

Given the burden of creative responsibility but played the percentage ball on far too many occasions.

Phil Foden – 6.5

Quiet afternoon out on the right when isolated. Was more involved in the middle, attempting to give City a cutting edge.

Phil Foden had a quiet afternoon out on the right where he was isolated during the match

Phil Foden had a quiet afternoon out on the right where he was isolated during the match

Sergio Aguero – 6

Link-up play started positively but was starved of quality service before coming off just before the hour.

Raheem Sterling – 6

Came alive when he drifted into central positions after the break. Will feel he should have equalised.

Subs

Gabriel Jesus (for Aguero, 59) – 7

Riyad Mahrez (for B Silva, 59) – 6

Benjamin Mendy (for Zinchenko, 77)

Subs not used: Bravo, Walker, D Silva, Garcia

Manager: Pep Guardiola – 6

Hindered by Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, probably halting the urge to attempt another inventive formation.

Referee: Mike Dean – 5

City will argue Dean was incorrect when awarding the key free-kick before half-time.

Referee Mike Dean booked United midfielder Fred for diving instead of giving a foul

Referee Mike Dean booked United midfielder Fred for diving instead of giving a foul

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