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Manchester City run riot at Elland Road as Leeds United put to the sword in heavy 4-0 defeat | Player Ratings

Manchester City put themselves back in command of the Premier League table after Pep Guardiola’s outfit ended up running rampant at Elland Road to the tune of a 4-0 win against Leeds United this evening.

The pressure was on City to some extent after Liverpool laid the benchmark with a dominant win against Newcastle United on the road in the afternoon kick-off, but the holding league champions responded in a resounding fashion while officially going sixteen unbeaten away from home, setting a new club record.

Leeds fans can hold their heads high after the manner in which they supported the home side was brilliant throughout, speaking to the passion that the locals have for their beloved Whites, but the reality of the performance was far from acceptable and there remains a real threat that they could go back down to the Championship if Everton find their voice in the final weeks of the season.

Leeds United Player Ratings

Meslier (5.5) – Normally you can excuse the keeper for surrendering four against City, but two set-piece goals are inexcusable and smack of poor organization.

Stuart Dallas (6) – A competitive outing from Dallas even if he was not entirely effective. Sadly taken off before half-time with what looks to be a season-ending injury.

Luke Ayling (5.5) – Tasked with a tough role on the right side of the back three against City, Ayling failed to meet the challenge. Not his best day.

Robin Koch (6) – The former SC Freiburg standout defender was okay today, but still a long way off from the player that was courted by much bigger fish last summer.

Pascal Struijk (6) – Halfway decent on the day from Struijk, though should Leeds remain in the top-flight, upgrading on him may become a viable decision to make.

Junior Firpo (5.5) – Firpo has struggled mightily to adapt to life at Leeds. Today was another example of that, which was rounded off by an early booking.

Raphinha (6.5) – A hard performance to gauge by the gifted Brazilian. Once unleashed from temporarily slotting into right-back, he was much more effective.

Kalvin Phillips (6) – Largely overrun in midfield, trying to lock down the center of the park against City’s trio is never easy. Not his best day but not awful.

Mateusz Klich (6) – Not expected to start today but pressed into service after Liam Cooper was injured in warm-ups, Klich was okay throughout.

Jack Harrison (6) – Lively from the winger and had one or two moments where he was influential but remains in a down period this season like most of the Leeds team.

Rodrigo (5) – Not good enough from the Spanish striker who failed to manage any influential moments. Leeds truly miss Patrick Bamford.

Dan James (6) – A slightly better day for Dan James in the final third after coming on just before half time but not even his pace could break the goal plain.

Joe Gelhardt (6) – Nearly scored a consolation goal for Leeds in the second half as the youngster put in a pretty decent shift. His potential is clear.

Sam Greenwood (N/A) – Only given seven minutes before stoppages to influence matters and really did not have enough time to make his mark.

Manchester City Player Ratings

Ederson (7) – Typical performance from Ederson who made a handful of big saves in the latter stages to keep Leeds from securing a consolation goal.

João Cancelo (8) – Struggled in phases in the first half when Leeds pressed incredibly well, but once he settled, he was his usual reliable self.

Rúben Dias (8) – Bagged an assist for Aké’s goal and was his usual monstrous self at the back in a very good display which included a key block against Raphinha.

Aymeric Laporte (7) – A good day at the office for Laporte who was reliable when his number was called in defense.

Nathan Aké (7.5) – Very solid from the Dutch international defender, who slotted home City’s second goal of the evening in the second half to round out a good display.

Rodri (8.5) – Another fantastic display in the middle of the park from the Spanish midfielder. Hard to argue against him being the best holding player in Europe.

Ilkay Gündogan (7) – Good overall. The German midfielder remains as consistent as ever under Pep Guardiola and the same can be said today.

Raheem Sterling (8) – Unlucky not to take something away from the match on a personal level but Raheem Sterling was City’s best player for much of the match.

Phil Foden (8) – A brace of assists tonight for England starlet Phil Foden, operating behind Gabriel Jesus in the ten role. Struggled in small patches but overall he was good.

Jack Grealish (7) – It was a good performance from Jack Grealish who may feel as though he should have won a penalty and probably deserved a goal or an assist on the day.

Gabriel Jesus (8) – Gabriel Jesus cannot stop scoring at the minute for City. He was good once again, and his desire to leave the club may come back to haunt them.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (6) – Nothing more than okay when coming off the bench to replace Nathan Aké, who potentially picked up a knock in the first half.

Bernardo Silva (6) – More about getting some miles into his legs than expecting him to put in a top performance. Decent enough from the Portuguese.

Fernandino (7) – Came off the bench to replace Rodri and delivered a well-struck goal from just outside the box for City’s fourth. A good substitute offering.

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Key central defender Liam Cooper was injured in the warm-up before Leeds United took to the pitch against Manchester City in what was a big blow for Jesse Marsch’s outfit, who remain in the fight for Premier League safety.

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Liverpool FC 34 25 7 2 86 22 64 82
2 Manchester City 33 25 5 3 80 21 59 80
3 Chelsea FC 33 19 9 5 68 28 40 66
4 Arsenal FC 33 19 3 11 52 40 12 60
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 18 4 11 56 38 18 58
6 Manchester United 35 15 10 10 54 52 2 55
7 West Ham United 34 15 7 12 52 44 8 52
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 15 4 14 33 29 4 49
9 Newcastle United 35 11 10 14 40 56 -16 43
10 Leicester City 32 11 9 12 47 51 -4 42
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 9 14 11 31 42 -11 41
12 Brentford FC 34 11 7 16 41 49 -8 40
13 Southampton FC 34 9 13 12 40 56 -16 40
14 Crystal Palace 33 8 14 11 43 41 2 38
15 Aston Villa 32 11 4 17 42 46 -4 37
16 Leeds United 33 8 10 15 38 68 -30 34
17 Burnley FC 33 6 13 14 29 45 -16 31
18 Everton FC 32 8 5 19 34 55 -21 29
19 Watford FC 33 6 4 23 31 67 -36 22
20 Norwich City 33 5 6 22 22 69 -47 21

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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