It ended all square in the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will go away the happier of the two teams as they held City to a goalless draw in the first Manchester derby of the season, having conceded seven goals in their past three games in all competitions.
It was a relatively even first half with clear cut chances few and far between as Gabriel Jesus sliced his shot wide whilst Scott McTominay missed United’s best opportunity as he couldn’t reach a layoff from Victor Lindelof.
VAR was once again the centre of attention when Marcus Rashford went down in the box after a challenge from Kyle Walker, only for the decision to be overturned after it was revealed the striker was offside.
Despite the result, there weren’t too many positives to take away from a solid albeit unimpressive team performance overall, although Harry Maguire was the real standout.
Maguire has oft been criticised for his inconsistent run of form after he suffered a defensive meltdown during the humiliating defeat to Tottenham Hotspur towards the start of the season.
But the centre-back seems to have exorcised those demons as he kept Raheem Sterling in his back pocket for large parts of the game and made some key blocks to deny both Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
SofaScore graded the 27-year-old as the best player on the pitch with a high 7.5 rating – he won 100% of his aerials, 100% of his tackles, made two interceptions, two clearances and blocked three shots, which shows that he was a ballast at the back as United kept their first clean sheet since the 1-0 win at home to West Brom.
The Manchester Evening News gave him a similar grade, claiming he ‘dominated the majority of his duels with Sergio Aguero absent’, whilst 90min were equally impressed, as they insisted he ‘did well overall and held his own in the odd one-on-one situation he was left in.’
Maguire has been a much-maligned figure in recent months after a string of incidents on-and-off the field, but it looks like he has begun to turn things around, if this latest showing is anything to go by, at any rate.
Valued at £45m via Transfermarkt, he was recently described as an “inspirational” player by Solskjaer and has started to show signs that he is rediscovering the form that saw him win a trio of awards during his time at Leicester City.
AND in other news, Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford was woeful against Man City…