Manchester City vs. Everton – 21/8/17
The busier of the two goalkeepers, Jordan Pickford made five saves as Everton threatened to run away with the three points. Couldn’t get anywhere near Raheem Sterling’s volley.
Put in an assured performance before one error cost his side two points – as is the cut-throat nature of top-flight football. Made an absolute mess of a clearance to gift an opening to Raheem Sterling, who buried the opportunity to level the scores.
A little shaky in possession early on, giving the ball away carelessly, but largely stood up well as Manchester City turned on the pressure as the game went on.
His sliding block on Sergio Aguero was surely all that was in the way of Manchester City going 1-0 up, and he was well-positioned once again to header the Argentine’s lobbed effort out for a corner. Won the joint-most tackles (4) of the game. Still showing plenty of quality at 35.
Kept the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero quiet for most of his 62-minute spell on the pitch, and was interestingly taken off in a more attack-minded move for Davy Klaasen.
A positive outing for the Englishman. Made several key challenges and got the better of Kyle Walker.
A strong shield in front of the defence, as always. Won 4 tackles and kept Everton ticking over in midfield, completing 33 of his 37 passes.
Dropped in deep alongside Idrissa Gueye to form a formidable defensive screen to frustrate the home side. Perhaps slightly unfortunate to be shown a second yellow, but took the risk by going to ground.
Made a bright start to the game with his penetrating runs and pace. Got the assist for Wayne Rooney after calmly jinking inside Fernandinho and squaring the ball. Could play an important role this season based on this performance.
Certainly not shy of the occasion and one of many exciting up and coming youngsters at the club. Booked for diving in the first half, but was otherwise positive in his approach. Taken off for Gylfi Sigurdsson on 61 minutes.
In the right place at the right time to provide the simple finish. Had moments where his concentration drifted, giving the ball away cheaply in midfield and inviting pressure from Manchester City, but put in a display that suggests he’s got much more left in the tank.
An interception from the Dutchman might have been the difference between one point and none; David Silva looked set to get on the end of Bernardo Silva’s dinked ball into the box, only for Klaasen to make a desperate and vital clearing touch.
Came on as Ronald Koeman clearly wanted his side to have more of the ball higher up the pitch, but the former Swansea man barely had a touch. Gave Danilo too much time to cross in the build-up to Raheem Sterling’s equaliser.