Sheffield United vs Man City player ratings: City overcome late scare to win again

Sheffield United vs Man City player ratings: City overcome late scare to win again
Manchester City's Erling Haaland scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: Sunday August 27, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport

  • Man City run out as 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Erling Haaland and an 88th-minute winner from Rodri.
  • Jayden Bogle had equalised for Sheffield United in the 85th minute and looked as if he had earned the Blades a hard-fought draw.
  • Haaland missed a penalty in the first half but rectified his mistake to help City to their third consecutive Premier League win.

Sheffield United player ratings: Plucky Blades fall just short

Wes Foderingham 9/10 – Made some excellent saves to deny City at 0-0 and could have done nothing for either goal.

Sam Baldock 6/10 – Did okay defensively, but perhaps should have shown more ambition going forward.

Anel Ahmedhodzic 6/10 – Missed a great opportunity to make it 2-2 in stoppage time.

John Egan 6/10 – Got caught underneath Haaland for City’s opener and gave away a penalty.

Jack Robinson 7/10 – Looked the most assured of the Sheffield United centre backs and did okay against Haaland.

Ben Osborn N/A

Gustavo Hamer 6/10 – Battled away in midfield but lacked a bit of quality on the rare occasions he touched the ball.

Oliver Norwood 7/10 – Similar story to Hamer off the ball but looked more confident on it.

Vini Souza 7/10 – Tried his best to get close Rodri and Kovacic and made life difficult for them at time.

Beni Traore 8/10 – A bright spark down the left wing and forced the mistake from Walker for Bogle’s goal.

William Osula 6/10 – A fairly anonymous display before being taken off.


Jayden Bogle 8/10 – Took his goal well and helped push Sheffield United further up the pitch.

Oli McBurnie 7/10 – Made a big difference when he came on and put in a peach of a ball for Ahmedhodzic who should have made it 2-2.

Chris Basham N/A

Man City player ratings: Haaland doesn’t let his penalty miss get in his way

Ederson 5/10 – Some iffy distribution and tried to blame McBurnie’s position for letting Bogle’s shot in.

Kyle Walker 6/10 – Was at fault for the Bogle goal but responded excellently and played a big part in the winner.

Ruden Dias 7/10 – Didn’t put a foot wrong at the back but will be disappointed to have lost a clean sheet.

Nathan Ake 6/10 – Lazy defending at times.

Josko Gvardiol 6/10 – Still adapting to the Man City system and a new role.

Rodri 8/10 – Took his goal expertly despite it being on his weaker foot.

Bernardo Silva 6/10 – Wasn’t his best game in a City shirt and took too many touches at times which allowed Sheffield United to get in their shape.

Mateo Kovacic 7/10 – Another solid outing for the Croatian.

Jack Grealish 8/10 – His best performance of the season so far and put in a peach of a cross for Haaland’s opener.

Julian Alvarez 6/10 – Missed a few good opportunities and struggled in a deeper role. Needs to play closer to goal.

Erling Haaland 7/10 – Missed a penalty but turned into a man possessed to put it right.


Phil Foden N/A

Sheffield United vs Man City Match Summary and Highlights

Going into the match, most people were simply curious about how many goals Manchester City would put past Sheffield United. While the visitors are the reigning Premier League champions, Sheffield United are heavy favourites to get relegated from the division this season.

However, the game didn’t transpire as many expected with Sheffield United keeping Haaland and co quiet for an hour. It wasn’t an easy task, with West Foderingham making a series of stunning saves and Erling Haaland hitting the post from the penalty spot in the first half.

Eventually, though, the pressure took its toll and City took the lead through Haaland, who nodded home from close range following an inch-perfect cross from Jack Grealish. The game seemed over at that point, however, the home side then threw caution to the wind and got an equaliser with five minutes to go through Jayden Bogle following a terrible mistake from Kyle Walker.

Unfortunately for the Blades, five minutes wasn’t long enough and City regained the lead just three minutes after Bogle’s equaliser courtesy of a thumping left-footed effort from Rodri. City finished the game as the only team in the league with three wins out of three while Sheffield United join Everton on zero points after three games.

Player of the match: Jack Grealish

It was a frustrating afternoon at times for Manchester City with Sheffield United keeping them at bay for a good hour. As a result, patience was required and Grealish gave City exactly that. He didn’t try to force anything and instead ensured that the Blades were under constant pressure with his clever wing play. His ball for the Haaland opener was exquisite and the assist was exactly what his performance deserved.

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