Women's Football

Man City 3-0 Man Utd: Player ratings as Caroline Weir wonder goal caps stunning performance

Ali Rampling
Feb 13, 2021, 10:50 AM GMT
Manchester City Women 3-0 Manchester United Women
Manchester City Women 3-0 Manchester United Women | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City leapfrogged rivals Manchester United into second in the WSL table with a 3-0 victory in Friday evening's Manchester derby at the Academy Stadium.

Having conceded two goals from set pieces during last weekend's shock defeat to Reading, United were at it again inside 23 minutes, Lucy Bronze the beneficiary as she stabbed home from close range.

Lauren Hemp doubled City's lead in the second half as her half volley deflected in off Amy Turner, before Caroline Weir wrapped up the victory in sumptuous style with a phenomenal chip from the edge of the box.

Let's get into some player ratings.

Manchester City

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Roebuck made two big saves for City
Roebuck made two big saves for City | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Ellie Roebuck (GK) - 6/10 - Was off her line quickly to deny Press in the second half as the United forward got in behind the City backline. Cool as you like playing out from the back.

Lucy Bronze (RB) - 7/10 - Opened the scoring for City with an instinctive close range finish in the first half. Up and down the right flank all evening, a classic Bronze performance.

Steph Houghton (CB) - 6/10 - Did a good job on Press between her and Dahlkemper, with the United forward catching the backline out and getting behind dangerously just once in the second half.

Abby Dahlkemper (CB) - 6/10 - Seems to already have the makings of a good central defensive partnership with Houghton. A sound, solid, dependable performance.

Alex Greenwood (LB) - 7/10 - A rare lapse in concentration played Press onside for United's most promising opportunity of the game. Linked up really well with Hemp, the pair causing all sorts of problems down the left.

2. Midfielders

Weir netted City's third
Weir netted City's third | Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Keira Walsh (CDM) - 6/10 - City's ability to play out from the back has come on leaps and bounds this season and Walsh was again pivotal to this with her willingness to receive the ball off the defence on the half turn.

Caroline Weir (CM) - 8/10 - A creative force for City, so confident driving forward with the ball at her feet. Marked her performance with a moment of individual magic, audaciously chipping Earps from the edge of the box for City's third.

Georgia Stanway (CM) - 6/10 - Came close doubling City's lead with an improvised cross-come-shot in the first half. A typically all action performance.

3. Forwards

Hemp was a livewire
Hemp was a livewire | Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Chloe Kelly (RW) - 8/10 - The sort of performance that is becoming a weekly occurrence from Kelly, she was at the heart of everything City did. Instrumental in City's second, with her shot palmed into the path of Hemp.

Ellen White (ST) - 7/10 - Put in a proper shift and linked up well with Hemp and Kelly either side of her. Was denied a goal herself by a couple of really good saves from Earps in either half - including a wonderfully improvised overhead kick.

Lauren Hemp (LW) - 8/10 - City look lethal down either flank. Never gave the United backline a moments rest, willing to take on Thorisdottir time after time. Grabbed City's second with a half volley.

4. Substitutes

Rose Lavelle - N/A

Laura Coombs - N/A

Manchester United

5. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Earps made a number of good stops for United
Earps made a number of good stops for United | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Mary Earps (GK) - 7/10 - Conceded three but could have done little about any of them, and kept the scoreline down with a number of smart reaction saves to deny White.

Maria Thorisdottir (RB) - 5/10 - Had a tough time of it up against Hemp who got the better of her on a number of occasions. Question marks over her defending for the first goal, heading Kelly's corner up but not away and then losing sight of Bronze.

Mille Turner (CB) - 5/10 - Gave White too much space on a couple of occasions and was fortunate not to be punished. Partially culpable for City's second, with her poor defensive header falling straight into the path of Kelly.

Amy Turner (CB) - 6/10 - Popped up with an important block to keep out a goal-bound White effort in the first half. Slightly unfortunate with Hemp's strike deflecting in off the top of her head for City's second.

Ona Batlle (LB) - 6/10 - Had a really fascinating battle with the lively Kelly and gave as good as she got - including pulling off a cheeky nutmeg.

6. Midfielders

Groenen played at the point of United's midfield three
Groenen played at the point of United's midfield three | Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Hayley Ladd (CDM) - 5/10 - Conceded possession cheaply in the first half and attempted to atone with a cynical foul. Struggled to contain the energetic Weir, replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

Katie Zelem (CM) - 5/10 - United were second best in midfield, lacking the ability to zip the ball about that City had in the second half. Zelem looked dangerous from set pieces but was otherwise quiet.

Jackie Groenen (CM) - 6/10 - Playing slightly forward than she has done earlier in the season. Sent Galton away with a clever pass in the first half in what would prove to be one of United's most promising attacking moves of the game.

7. Forwards

Press led the line for United
Press led the line for United | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Ella Toone (RW) - 6/10 - Picked out Groenen with a lovely cross field pass in the first half. Full of energy and running but rarely had an opportunity to make it count in the final third.

Christen Press (ST) - 5/10 - Had two of United's best chances of the game, creating both with her clever movement in behind. However, she was thwarted by Roebuck on both occasions.

Leah Galton (LW) - 6/10 - Looked United's most dangerous player in the first half with her desire to run at the City backline. Forced off on the stroke of half time with injury - and United were all the poorer for her absence.

8. Substitutes

Kirsty Hanson - 5/10

Jess Sigsworth - 5/10

Ivana Fuso - N/A