Heading into the game at Old Trafford, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was in the midst of yet another impressive campaign.
The England international had struck 20 goals in 38 games across all competitions, and would surely have been itching to make his mark against Manchester United after failing to net in his previous three meetings against them.
Unfortunately for him, he came up against an in-form Aaron Wan-Bissaka who simply wasn’t having any of it.
As per Sofascore, Sterling’s match rating of 6.2 was by far and away the worst of any outfield player on the pitch. And when looking at his underlying numbers, it is easy to see why. The England international won just three of his 15 total duels, completed just one dribble, and lost possession 23 times.
And a lot of Sterling’s horror showing was to do with how aggressive Wan-Bissaka was. The United ace won 12 of his 13 ground duels, nipping in front of City’s attackers, and muscling them out of the way with ease. On certain occasions, it felt like men against boys.
Wan-Bissaka also made eight tackles, three interceptions and two clearances, and was just an all-round monster on derby day. He refused to let anything get by him, and wasn’t dribbled past even once. The 22-year-old was tigerish and physical to the perfect extent, and it really seemed to unsettle Sterling.
The City forward looked out of his groove, and it was no surprise that he ended up without a goal once again in a clash involving United. The £144m-rated star was made to look like a fool by Wan-Bissaka, with one moment in particular seeming the ball roll under his foot as he lost concentration – no doubt due to the Red Devils full-back getting into his head.
It was a defensive masterclass from United’s summer signing from last year, and made one of the Premier League’s most prolific goal-scorers look completely ordinary.