Manchester City v Fulham player ratings

Fulham were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat against reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Here’s how we rated each Whites player.

Marcus Bettinelli: 6

Had to face a barrage of shots on a tough day at the office. Did well to deflect a Raheem Sterling shot onto the bar with the score at 1-0, but was left exposed by his back line on far too many occasions.

Cyrus Christie: 5

Off the pace defensively, with the tricky interplay between Leroy Sané and City’s supporting attackers getting in behind him on several occasions. Failed to find Aleksandar Mitrović with his few crosses going forwards too, though he provided a good outlet particularly in the first half.

Alfie Mawson: 5

Defended well aerially, but struggled to stay close to City’s attackers when they got their passing game going.

Denis Odoi: 5

Got his body in the way of several shots, which kept the scoreline lower than it could have been. May have played a part in conceding the opener, though the fault appears to lie largely with Jean Michaël Seri who sold him short.

Ryan Sessegnon: 5

Thwarted offensively and defensively by the experienced English duo of Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling on Fulham’s left side. A steep learning curve for the teenager after a full 90 minutes in defence at the home of the champions.

Kevin McDonald: 4

A poor display from the stand-in captain in the injured Tom Cairney’s absence. Gave the ball away several times with errant passes and was generally clumsy with a few challenges, making it much easier for the hosts to get past his shield.

Stefan Johansen: 5

Could have done better to shield Bernardo Silva away from the box in the lead-up to City’s second. Tough for him to make an impact on the game throughout, given that Fulham were left chasing the ball most of the time.

Jean Michaël Seri: 5

Made a costly error in the second minute by losing the ball to Fernandinho and could not keep up with the brilliant Bernardo Silva throughout. Never looked like providing the creative spark in a team already missing Cairney, and was substituted before the hour mark.

Luciano Vietto: 6

Made some bright runs on the counter-attack to stretch the game and found both André Schürrle and Mitrović with passes in good positions, though most of the few attacks came to nothing.

André Schürrle: 6

Came up with Fulham’s best chance, forcing City keeper Ederson to tip over his long-range shot towards the end of the first half. Worked back hard as well, but could not link up effectively with his midfield.

Aleksandar Mitrović: 5

Cut a lonely figure up top most of the time, with much of the play residing in Fulham’s half. Could have grabbed a consolation in the dying minutes, but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by Ederson without too much trouble.

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa: 5

Burst forward from midfield a couple of times after he came on when City eased their pressure, although he struggled to find any incisive through-balls.

Floyd Ayité: 5

Made his first Premier League appearance off the bench after returning from a pre-season injury. Could have done better than dragging his shot wide when he cut inside onto his left foot, but the game was already lost by that point.