Manchester City secured their place in a fourth successive Carabao Cup final after beating rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side will face Tottenham Hotspur in the final in April after second-half goals from John Stones and Fernandinho proved enough to defeat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Whilst those two may steal the headlines for their performances, it was perhaps Ruben Dias who impressed most for the Citizens.
As per SofaScore, the Portuguese international picked up an 8.1 rating for his display, with only Stones rated higher of any player on the pitch.
The 23-year-old has formed a superb partnership with Stones in City’s defence since his summer arrival from Benfica and has quickly established himself as a key part of Guardiola’s side.
During the game at Old Trafford, Dias would enjoy 107 touches of the ball, impressively completing 85 of the 92 passes he attempted in the 90 minutes.
Perhaps most impressively, the young centre-back would win all five of the duels he was involved in during the game, whilst also making six clearances, two interceptions and two tackles in what was an all-round dominant display.
He would also lose possession on just seven occasions, whilst five of his 10 attempted long balls would find a Manchester City shirt.
Despite the dangerous United attackers on display, Dias was not dribbled past once during the game and he also blocked two shots, helping Zack Steffen to an impressive clean sheet.
Manchester Evening News rated the former Benfica man an 8/10 for his performance, although they rated the goalscorers higher with both Stones and Fernandinho receiving a 9/10 rating for their displays.
He and Stones are certainly blossoming into a superb centre-back partnership and Guardiola will surely be confident for every game he can start the duo in going forward, although it would not be a surprise to see the youngster rested for City’s next game, which sees them take on Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
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