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Haaland is inevitable! Man City winners, losers and ratings as Foden gets in on the act during derby demolition

7:47 PM GMT+4 02/10/2022
Erling Haaland Manchester City 2022-23
City had two hat-trick heroes at the Etihad Stadium as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season in thrilling fashion

Manchester City have had some memorable derby victories in their previous 187 meetings with Manchester United, but none were as one-sided as Sunday's crushing 6-3 win at the Etihad Stadium.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored hat-tricks as United were torn apart by an incredible City attacking performance.

Two late United goals took some of the shine off what was otherwise an emphatic display from the champions, who are now the only unbeaten team in the Premier League this season.

But who were the stars, and how did the City stars rate? GOAL breaks it down:

  • The Winners

    Erling Haaland:

    He's not done against big-six sides? Well he has now. Haaland is a phenomenon - taking his tally to 17 goals in 12 City matches with a third successive hat-trick at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag said he wouldn't devise a plan to stop Haaland, but it might be a good idea to think about it before the return at Old Trafford next year!

    Phil Foden:

    With Wythenshawe-born Marcus Rashford starting for United on opposite sides to Stockport-lad Foden, there was a welcome local feel to the derby. Boyhood City fan Foden has enjoyed plenty of games against United both as a fan, ballboy and as a player, but this will be an extra special memory for the 22-year-old as he netted not only his first goal against United, but a hat-trick against City's bitter rivals. Foden was brilliant throughout, but it took just eight minutes to get his first goal in his eighth derby appearance - and there were two more to come on a remarkable day.

    City fans:

    Foden is the embodiment of the supporters and his joy will be amplified all across the city. There was a lot of talk ahead of the game that Ten Hag's side were closing the gap on the Premier League champions - but the reality is it might be bigger than ever. In 90 minutes, Guardiola's side show how superior they are in every department; from quality to work rate. If fans were worried their rivals were catching up, they were gone by full-time at the Etihad as they enjoyed the humiliation.

    Jack Grealish:

    This may have been the £100-million man's most impressive performance in a City shirt. Grealish set the tempo from the opening minutes when he quickly ran at Diogo Dalot and tricked him into an early yellow card. It was a non-stop performance, and it was a shame that he didn't get an assist or goal that his performance deserved. Haaland and Foden will take the headlines, but Grealish won't care about that if he keeps playing like this.

  • Kyle Walker Manchester City 2022-23

    The Losers

    Kyle Walker:

    You will struggle to find anyone in the blue half of Manchester who feels like a loser after such an incredible victory. But Walker's afternoon didn't end as he would have wanted, when he was substituted just before half-time with a knock. The defender appeared to injure his ankle after an aerial challenge, and after missing three games before the international break, he will be praying the setback is not too serious.

    Ruben Dias:

    In a five-way fight for two centre-back positions, Dias suddenly looks like the least in favour. It's a strange position to be in for the Portugal international, who made such a significant impact in helping to sort out the backline following his arrival two years ago this week. With John Stones injured and Aymeric Laporte still on the comeback trail, Dias would have been an expected starter for the derby. But Nathan Ake and new signing Manuel Akanji were preferred, and now Dias is facing a battle to become a regular.

  • Nathan Ake Manchester City 2022-23

    Man City ratings: Defence

    Ederson (7/10):

    Was quick off his line early on to shut down any hope United might have had of catching the home side out with long balls over the top, but will have been disappointed to concede three times.

    Kyle Walker (6/10):

    Suffered an injury setback and had a couple of dodgy moments before City killed off the visitors.

    Manuel Akanji (9/10):

    Brought back memories of Vincent Kompany in the way he elegantly controlled the defence and bullied Rashford.

    Nathan Ake (8/10):

    Has perhaps been City's standout centre-back this season and again gave a faultless performance to justify his inclusion.

    Joao Cancelo (8/10):

    Terrorised United going forward down the left-hand side but his influence was less when he switched to the right, and gave away a late penalty.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2022-23

    Midfield

    Ilkay Gundogan (8/10):

    Injuries to Rodri and Kalvin Phillips forced Gundogan back into the holding midfield role, and he made the most of the extra space to dictate the game.

    Bernardo Silva (8/10):

    Linked the defence and attack brilliantly as United had no answer in how to deal with his clever movement.

    Kevin De Bruyne (8/10):

    His link-up with Haaland is starting to get very scary for rivals with his pinpoint pass perfectly setting up another goal for the Norwegian.

  • Erling Haaland triplé Derby Manchester City United

    Attack

    Phil Foden (10/10):

    Too quick for Tyrell Malacia both literally and in thought as he tore apart the young full-back on his way to scoring a hat-trick.

    Erling Haaland (10/10):

    Simply unstoppable! Has a player every made such an impact on the Premier League in such a short time?

    Jack Grealish (9/10):

    Brimming with confidence as his individual skills completely destroyed the hapless Dalot.

  • Pep Guardiola Manchester City 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Sergio Gomez (6/10):

    Not quite as effective as City's full-backs generally are, but set up Haaland's hat-trick goal with a clever cross.

    Aymeric Laporte (6/10):

    Will be delighted to get his first minutes of the season after recovering from a knee injury.

    Cole Palmer (6/10):

    Another Manchester lad who will have been thrilled by such an incredible derby.

    Julian Alvarez (6/10):

    Had one sight of goal and pressed high up the pitch.

    Riyad Mahrez (6/10):

    Kept City on the front foot.

    Pep Guardiola (9/10):

    His tactics were perfect as his side dominated until the final few minutes. Choosing Ake and Akanji was the right call in defence and set the platform for City blitz their opponents, although he will disappointed by United's late goals.