Saturday was a happy day for Manchester City fans. The Derby victory over Manchester United was a statement to Jose Mourinho and the rest of the Premier League: Pep Guardiola is not playing around. This City team is for real, and will look to play great football and win every match, even the big ones.
The Derby was sensational, and plenty of Citizens had great contributions to the result. Our friend Nick Patches rated every one of the fourteen City players who played at Old Trafford, and you can check them out below:
Claudio Bravo: 5.0
Bravo looked very much like a player who hasn't played with his teammates yet. Some were surprised to see him in the starting XI after reports surfaced that he only had two days of practice beforehand. Despite some gaffs, Bravo did secure the W for City.
Bacary Sagna: 7.5
Sagna was imperious down the right all day. He was able to link play with both Sterling and Sane, when the latter came on. In the first half Lingard looks lost. I might have put in a better performance than him today. Ashford offered much more in the second half, but Sagna stood firm.
John Stones: 7.0
Stones was his usual calm composed self today, unfortunately that got him into trouble a few times. But when City had their backs agains the wall (which was the majority of the second half) he was up to the task. The mix up that led to the United goal was unclear whether it was Stones' fault or Bravos'.
Nicolas Otamendi: 7.5
I know we all love Nico's sliding tackles, but with Pep Otamendi looks to have almost cleared that from his game and become a better on the ball defender. Just like in the Champions League last year he was tasked with containing Zlatan and for the most part did.
Aleksandar Kolarov: 8.0
Kolarov was fantastic today. Someone who we all knew was as good as gone when the Pep announcement came has down a complete 180. He looked lively and inspired and some of his cross field passes to Sterling were magnificent.
The Brazilian played very well int he first half today but once Fernando was brought on we saw Fernandinho sent further forward where he showed quality, but not the same in his favored position.
David Silva: 8.0
Silva was a force to be dealt with today. He is the perfect example of a world class player who does so much that doesn't show up on the score sheet. He was dominant in possession and hardly put a pass wrong all day.
Kevin De Bruyne: 9.0
If Silva was a force to be dealt with, then De Bruyne was a force that couldn't be dealt with. Scoring and setting up the winner with a cheeky pass off the post, the Belgian international has been nothing short of phenomenal since coming over from Wolfsburg last year.
Raheem Sterling: 6.5
Sterling played well in spurts and provided what City needed today. He stayed wide and linked with the midfielders very well. It wasn't the most dominating performance, and we've seen better this season, but by no means did Sterling play poorly.
Another splendid performance by Nolito, as he continues to make a bid for the best bargain in the league this season. He may not have made the scoresheet but his passing and possession were superb and his tenacious defending and tracking back was excellent.
Kelechi Iheanacho: 7.0
Iheannacho played a good game and got the winner but was sacrificed for the more defensive minded Fernando early into the second half. It may have been too early an exit, but the Nigerian international left his mark on the derby forever.
Was good in his role, but everything he does looked labored. Had Gundogan been fit I believe this would have been him.
Leroy Sané: 6.5
Did his best when the directive was clearly defend first. Could have been a bit better going forward (use the right foot!), but good to get his feet wet.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6.5
Despite his limited time, Zaba forces you to acknowledge his contributions. Only playing 5 minutes, it was a very good and intense 5 minutes.
Do you agree with our Ratings? Who's your man of the match? Comment below!