Man Utd Women 2-2 Man City Women: Player Ratings as Stunning Red Devils Comeback Earns Point

Nov 14, 2020, 2:46 PM GMT
Kirsty Hanson
Manchester United 2-2 Manchester City | Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Manchester United came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with rivals Manchester City in the WSL on Saturday afternoon.

City were much the better side in the first half and were ahead inside 10 minutes. The buildup play and defending was scrappy but the finish was sublime, as United failed to clear Alex Greenwood's corner and Chloe Kelly deftly flicked the ball home.

The visitors doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Laura Coombs collected Sam Mewis' blocked shot and sent a fizzing effort into the top corner.

City were playing out from the back to great effect in the first half as they dominated possession, but were caught out attempting to do so in the second, Tobin Heath punishing Lucy Bronze's loose pass to fire a superb effort past Ellie Roebuck.

Half time substitute Kirsty Hanson changed the game and grabbed an equaliser 16 minutes from time, stabbing home from close range at the second time of asking to complete an impressive United comeback.

Never mind all that, let's get into some player ratings!

Manchester United

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mary Earps, Ellen White, Millie Turner
Earps was off her line quickly to make a couple of important saves for United | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Mary Earps (GK) - 5/10 - Pulled off a good save to deny Stanway from close range, but put United in danger on occasions after being sporadically careless in possession.

Ona Batlle (RB) - 5/10 - Struggled to cope with Stanway's physicality, with the City forward and Stokes getting the wrong side of her on multiple occasions in the first half. Put in a more solid second half display.

Amy Turner (CB) - 7/10 - Produced a superb block to keep out a thunderous Bronze volley in the first half, and was unfortunate that another excellent block fell straight to Coombs for City's second.

Millie Turner (CB) - 7/10 - Won everything in the air in the second half. A typically solid performance.

Leah Galton (LB) - 6/10 - Galton's tame attempted clearance fell to Houghton in the buildup to City's opener, but she atoned for her error with a superb block to keep out a goal-bound Kelly effort. Rarely had the opportunity to venture forward with Kelly pinning her back in the first half, but provided more of an attacking outlet in the second.

2. Midfielders

Manchester United Women v Manchester City Women - Barclays FA Women's Super League
Toone started in the middle for United | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Hayley Ladd (CM) - 6/10 - The entire United midfield were second best in the first half, but Ladd was much improved in the second as the Red Devils played with a greater intensity and had long spells of possession deep in the City half.

Jackie Groenen (CM) - 6/10 - Hardly saw the ball in the first half as City's midfield ran the show. Summed up United's performance with a much improved second half display.

Ella Toone (CM) - 6/10 - The game passed her by in the first half, but was more involved in the second. Lively and assured once she found her rhythm.

3. Forwards

Tobin Heath, Christen Press
Heath and Press started up front for United | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Jess Sigsworth (RW) - 4/10 - Hardly had a sniff going forward and was forced to defend for large periods against the lively Stokes. Was replaced at half-time.

Christen Press (ST) -
4/10 - Demonstrated one great turn of pace in the first half to escape from the City backline but otherwise hardly saw the ball as United were pegged back for much of the first half. Was substituted after 55 minutes.

Tobin Heath (LW) -
7/10 - Her energetic press was rewarded as she capitalised on Bronze's loose pass, and she rattled in a terrific first time strike.

4. Substitutes

Lauren James
James came off the bench for United | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Kirsty Hanson - 8/10 - A game changing substitution. Willingly ran at the City backline, causes all sorts of problems and levelled to scores with a close range finish.

Lauren James - 7/10

Lucy Staniforth - 6/10

Manchester City

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Ellen White, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton
Bronze started at right back for City | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Ellie Roebuck (GK) - 6/10 - Had very few saves to make and could have done nothing with Heath's goal. Typically sound with the ball at her feet.

Lucy Bronze (RB) -
5/10 - Combined well with Kelly to force Galton back in the first half. Her slack pass fell straight to Heath, directly leading to United's first.

Steph Houghton (CB) -
6/10 - Showed excellent reading of the game to block a number of crosses from the United right. Composed on the ball.

Alex Greenwood (CB) -
7/10 - Playing against her former side in an unnatural central defensive position - a role she occupied in the FA Cup final two weeks ago. Greenwood's superb set piece deliveries caused absolute chaos all afternoon.

Demi Stokes (LB) -
8/10 - Marauded forward menacingly multiple times in the first half as City overloaded Batlle down the left flank and produced a selection of promising openings - one of which almost led to Kelly grabbing her second. Produced a vital goal line clearance on the stroke of full time.

6. Midfielders

Laura Coombs, Keira Walsh
Walsh and Coombs started in the middle for City | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Keira Walsh (CDM) - 6/10 - Gave possession away in tight positions on a couple of occasions but constantly demanded the ball off the back four and was otherwise tidy on the ball.

Sam Mewis (CM) -
8/10 - An absolute monster in midfield - as we've come to expect - intercepting everything, charging forward with purpose, ruthlessly efficient in possession.

Laura Coombs (CM) -
7/10 - Perhaps a surprise inclusion with Caroline Weir left on the bench, but was well worth her starting spot with a terrific first half performance. So lively, combining well with Stokes and Stanway down the left in the final third and doubled City's lead with a fantastic strike. Faded in the second half.

7. Forwards

Chloe Kelly
Kelly grabbed City's first | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Chloe Kelly (RW) - 8/10 - Opened the scoring with a wonderfully improvised first time finish. Always looked to get on the ball and drive at the United backline, and enjoyed a really good battle with Galton.

Ellen White (ST) -
7/10 - Dropped really deep to receive the ball on a few occasions as City played out from the back. Put in a great shift, never giving the United backline a moment's rest, while her link up play was superb. Sliced a good chance over in the second half.

Georgia Stanway (LW) -
6/10 - Missed two good opportunities in the first half, firing one into the side netting before another was saved by Earps. Gave Batlle a torrid time in the first half, winning the physical battle and getting goal side of the United fullback time after time.

8. Substitutes

Janine Beckie - 5/10

Caroline Weir - N/A

Jess Park - N/A

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