Man City player ratings as Stefan Ortega and Kevin De Bruyne poor in cup final disaster

Kevin De Bruyne
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Manchester City lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup Final as their season came to a disappointing end at the hands of their nearest rivals.

Pep Guardiola's side had outclassed United in the league this season and were heavy favourites going into the game with their opponents trying not to be consumed by questions about the manager's future. However, they were stunned at Wembley by a United side who produced a performance level they had struggled to do previously with goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo giving United a half-time lead.

City made changes and dominated the second half but did not get on the scoresheet until the 87th minute and that proved too late to force extra time. Here are how the players rated.

Ortega: City's hero at Spurs was too rash for most of the first half, and having come out for the first goal he had to get there. Some solid saves, still. 5

Walker: Did well to deal with Rashford's pace and one of the few City players to really test Onana even if it was from distance. 7

Stones: His first start since the FA Cup semi-final here last month and he looked undercooked, short of his usual class. 5

Ake: Managed to avoid the panic at the back for much of the first half but eventually got caught up in it. 5

Gvardiol: Had looked good moving forwards in the first half until his unfortunate part in the first goal. Kept going without doing too much. 6

Rodri: Sloppy by his extremely high standards, giving the ball away too often and unable to control as he normally would. 6

Kovacic: Almost gifted United the ball in the six-yard box but just escaped. He was solid, even if he didn't progress City forwards. 6

De Bruyne: Struggled to find his radar all game and couldn't complain when he was taken off before the hour mark. 5

Silva: Worked well with Walker but too much of what he tried didn't come off up against his Portugal teammate Dalot. 6

Foden: City's matchwinner so often couldn't find his rhythm here, with either the shot or the last pass falling short. 6

Haaland: Not his day. City were determined to keep him high but he couldn't find the space he craved and his one big chance came back off the bar. 5

Substitutes

Doku (for Kovacic, 46) Instantly improved the team and troubled United with his runs and trickery, with a deserved late goal. 8

Akanji (for Ake, 46) Had less to do with United retreating but still found Garnacho and Fernandes a handful. 6

Alvarez (for De Bruyne, 57) Brilliant in the way he was able to create and find space, less than good in the way he finished two very good chances. 6

Not used: Carson, Dias, Akanji, Lewis, Nunes, Doku, Grealish, Bobb, Alvarez