Manchester City’s winning run came to an end on Sunday as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against rivals Manchester United at the Etihad.
An early penalty from Bruno Fernandes set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on their way, before defender Luke Shaw doubled the lead in the second half.
City certainly weren’t short on chances, however, and it is definitely fair to suggest that if they were a lot more clinical on the day, then their unbeaten run could have continued.
One man who was guilty of missing some of City’s best chances is Raheem Sterling. Although it was late in the game, he missed arguably the Citizens’ best opportunity to get back into the tie, when he failed to connect with Kyle Walker’s superb cross.
As per SofaScore, the former Liverpool man would earn a disappointing 6.0 rating for his performance, which was the worst of any player from either side.
During his time on the pitch, Sterling would have just 45 touches of the ball, which was the fewest of any Man City outfield player bar Gabriel Jesus, as he struggled to have much impact on the game.
He would also miss two big chances during the 90 minutes, whereas no other City player would have a big chance during the game, which emphasises how much he let his team down on Sunday.
The England international, who Owen Hargreaves dubbed “remarkable” earlier this season, would complete 26/33 passes at the Etihad, resulting in a 79% pass accuracy, which is some way lower than the 86.1% he has averaged in the Premier League this season.
To compound an awful display by the 26-year-old, he would fail to win any of his three duels during the game, and would lose possession 14 times, despite rarely being involved.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka clearly had the better of him at right-back, as he earned an impressive 7.5 rating for his display, and would make five interceptions and three tackles, whilst he wasn’t dribbled past once, which demonstrates how effective he was in nullifying the threat of Sterling.
Therefore, you can definitely argue that Sterling let Pep Guardiola, and Kevin De Bruyne down – with the Belgian playing an extraordinary eight key passes during the game – as he was unable to take the chances that fell to him, which, as a result, brought an end to City’s unbeaten run.
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