Revealed: The three players who impressed Man United fans most vs Man City

Saturday’s Manchester derby won’t be forgotten quickly, but not for the reasons we expected before kickoff. Rather than Manchester City humiliating their local rivals with the earliest top flight title win in the history of English football, it was Manchester United who etched their name into folklore – pulling off a huge win with an emphatic three-goal comeback in the second half.

Paul Pogba was a key instigator in that, bursting from midfield to score twice within the space of just three minutes. But according to Football FanCast readers, there were two Manchester United players who impressed Red Devils supporters more against the noisy neighbours. We asked United fans earlier this week to issue individual performance ratings out of ten for each player involved in the 3-2 win – here’s a rundown of the top three…

Paul Pogba celebrates scoring against Manchester City

Paul Pogba – 7.8: Despite an ill-advised choice of hair dye it was the France international who truly took Saturday’s derby by the scruff of the neck in the second half. His early warning shot from just outside the box didn’t really test Ederson but it was only a sign of things to come – shortly after, Pogba had put United level by bagging a brace. His first half performance wasn’t anywhere near as spectacular though, and it seems the former Juventus star is still to convince everybody at Old Trafford.

David De Gea – 7.9: For all of the aggression and quality United showed going forward in the second half, it would have meant little without the efforts of David De Gea between their own sticks. The Spain international made four saves, none more significant than the last one in the 89th minute when he parried a close-range header from Sergio Aguero over the bar.

Sanchez stats v Man City

Alexis Sanchez – 8.1: Alexis Sanchez has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford but a mesmerising display against City must have been a cathartic experience for the January signing. While Saturday’s performance lacked his usual goal threat, the Chilean emerged as United’s master creator – in addition to directly assisting United’s second two goals, he also provided the cross for Ander Herrera to flick into Pogba’s path for United’s first. It felt like a bit of a turning point for Sanchez at United, which is perhaps why fans valued his contributions against City so highly.

View the full results of our poll below…