Pep Guardiola’s men had all the possession, but were wasteful in front of goal. Sergio Agüero was poor missing several chances including a fantastic chance in the opposition penalty area, but placed it high and wide. In the 91st minute it was Middlesborough who got the equaliser via Marten de Roon, who out jumped Gael Clichy, and it’s hard to argue that they didn’t deserve it.

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo – Had a decent game, made three good saves especially one where he was nearly caught out by Alvaro Negredo and couldn’t do much about the Boro goal. 7/10

Gael Clichy – Didn’t really get involved in the game. Was out jumped for the Boro equaliser but was never going to win the header due to his lack of height. 6/10

Aleksandar Kolarov–  Played quite well, brought the ball out from the back well, won headers and got stuck in. 7/10

John Stones- Bossed Negredo in the air, superb reading of the game and as always excellent on the ball. Couldn’t do anything about the equaliser. 7/10

Kolarov was solid at the back all game

Pablo Zabaleta– A warrior, got stuck in on the ground and won almost every header. Going forward he offered little but that is because he is ageing. Still solid defensively and showed that today. 7/10

Ilkay Gundogan–  Probably the best player in the first half, he won tackles, spread balls around the pitch and controlled the game. Why he was taken off in the second half baffles me, but maybe it was due to tiredness? 7.5/10

David Silva–  Wasn’t as effective as he normally is, passes didn’t come off and barely had a shot on goal. He found space and got into it but his end product unlike normal wasn’t there. He tracked back and won tackles, which was key to City dominating in midfield in the first half. 7/10

Jesus Navas–  He but a good ball in for Agüero who hammered it wide, and actually beat a man for a change. However, most of his crosses didn’t reach a City player and he failed to play a ball over the top to Nolito and Kevin De Bruyne when they were clean through on goal, which shows his lack of vision and lack of quality in his end product. 6.5/10

Fernandinho- Spread balls around the park in the first half and won virtually all of his challenges, hardly put a foot wrong. 7/10

Kevin De Bruyne– Struggled to have an impact at the start, but slowly drifted into the game and put an exceptional ball in the box to Agüero for the opening goal of the game. Closed down opposition players well and was at the centre of everything City created in the second half, and missed a decent chance to wrap the game up. 7/10

Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero were the duo that came up with the first goal of the day.

Sergio Agüero– Although he scored a tap in, the little Argentine wasn’t at the races. He missed at least three good chances to score a second, in particular in the second half from ten yards out, where he blasted it high and wide. An unusually poor game from him, although he was isolated for parts of the game, but should have done better with his chances. 6.5/10

Subs

Nolito – Didn’t have much time to have an impact on the game, but didn’t put a foot wrong. 6/10

Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

Aleix Garcia – N/A

This article was written by Ben Tipper. Twitter – @bentippermcfc

Featured image credit: Cléria De Souza 

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