England stars Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling were rated by the media as the worst players on the pitch in Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Little was created in terms of clear goalscoring opportunities in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, and that is reflected in the poor ratings all round for the attackers from both sides.
Manchester City winger Sterling, who was replaced after only 55 minutes by Jesus Navas, earned the lowest average rating of 4.75 by the Independent, Mirror, Telegraph and Times.
United captain Rooney, whose form has been under scrutiny all season, was given a 5 by all four papers after another underwhelming display. His opposite number, City striker Wilfried Bony actually received the same average rating, although having been awarded two 6s and two 4s, the media are clearly split on whether he was decidedly average or extremely poor.
Pundit Gary Neville labelled the first half as the best 45 minutes he has seen all season in terms of defensive intensity, perhaps explaining why Chris Smalling, Joe Hart and Nicholas Otamendi all got the best average rating of 6.75.
Tellingly, no player received an average of 7 or over.