Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United - Player Ratings

  • Bristol City pulled off a shock victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, check out the player ratings.
Modified 21 Dec 2017, 04:51 IST

Bristol City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final
Smith volleyed past Romero to seal a historic night in Bristol City's history

Korey Smith's stoppage-time goal booked Bristol City a place in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup after their shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

The home side took the lead after a great run by Joe Bryan ended with a venomous strike past Sergio Romero in the United goal. But just seven minutes later, near the hour mark, Zlatan Ibrahimovic drove a powerful free-kick past Luke Steele to grab the Red Devils an equalizer.

As extra-time looked inevitable, Bristol City poured forward, and as substitute Matty Taylor chipped the ball in behind, Smith, on the turn, struck it past Romero to get the winner.

Here are the player ratings from yesterday's match:

Bristol City

Luke Steele – 7

Steele could have arguably done better as Ibrahimovic’s free-kick flew past him on his side, but he made up for it with plenty of other impressive stops to keep United from scoring again.

Bailey Wright – 7

Saw Martial drift past him a couple of times early but improved as the match went on. Martial grew quieter as the game went on as Wright put in a brilliant defensive shift.

Aden Flint – 7

The center back put in a fantastic performance, staying tight to Ibrahimovic and throwing his body on the line whenever necessary.

Bristol City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final
Bristol City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

Nathan Baker – 7

Alongside flint the center back put in the performance of his life, not allowing United to score from open play.


Hordur Magnusson – 6

Magnusson didn’t break forward too much, but put in a very good defensive shift and kept Rashford very quiet before being taken off late in the game.

Josh Brownhill – 7

Brownhill tracked back brilliantly to help out his full-back Wright to keep Martial and Rashford quiet as they switched wings.

Marlon Pack – 8

The Championship midfielder put on an excellent show battling with Pogba in midfield, coming out on top numerous times. Then to top off an already great performance, his excellent pass set up a thunderous goal from Bryan.

Korey Smith – 9

Smith battled excellently with Pogba in midfield, working tirelessly to make sure he had very little time, along with McTominay, and he reaped the rewards in the final minute making an intelligent run in behind and volleying past Romero on the turn.

Joe Bryan – 10

Bryan was already having lots of joy against Darmian on the left-hand side before scoring the goal of his career. Receiving it from Pack in the box, he unleashed an excellent effort to beat Romero. Then, to keep his team in it at 1-1, he made a brilliant slide tackle to stop Rashford on the charge. It was a faultless performance from the left midfielder.

Bristol City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final
Bristol City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

Jamie Paterson – 6

Paterson was one of Bristol’s worse performers on the night. He didn’t lack the effort but just wasn’t as involved as the other Bristol players.

Bobby Reid – 6

Reid was linking up excellently in the first half and giving the United defence some problems, but he faded later on in the game.


Matty Taylor – 7

Off the bench, Taylor continued to put in Magnusson’s good work, and went one better, playing a great chipped ball to Smith for Bristol’s winner.

Niclas Eliasson – 6

Eliasson continued to put in a shift like Brownhill did, as United began to take control of the game.

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Published 21 Dec 2017, 04:51 IST
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