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Three Stars of the 175th Manchester Derby

Late in the second half of the Manchester derby, Man City goalkeeper Ederson makes two reflex saves from close range to preserve a 2-1 win.

The Manchester Derby did not disappoint in terms of tackles, entertainment, and drama, with the match in the balance for 90 minutes despite Manchester City’s advantage in play.

While Paul Pogba’s absence was notable on one side, there was no shortage of stars at Old Trafford on Sunday (and a few duds as well, Messrs Delph and Lukaku).

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My boss from across the ocean often uses the phrase “Top Man” when proffering a compliment, so we’ll call today’s winners our three Top Men.

Three Top Men

  1. David Silva -- There’s a good chance that he’ll go down as one of the most overlooked superstars of his era. He’s always been third- or fourth-fiddle at Man City and even Spain, but was a menace and not just in attack. Silva’s a competitor of a very high order, and his goal was richly-deserved.
  2. Ederson -- He wasn’t called upon often, but his dynamite double stop to preserve the win was worth its weight in gold. The stop on Romelu Lukaku was a positional stop, but the follow-up on Juan Mata was all skill and reaction.
  3. Ander Herrera -- Forgive the man his late dive -- he was desperate. Herrera is an exceptionally strong disruptor who reads opposition possession as well as the top dogs in the game. He had to be especially good with Paul Pogba out, and he was United’s best player.

Who’d we miss? De Bruyne? Rashford?

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