MAN CITY PLAYER RATINGS: Erling Haaland’s deadly finishes and sub Kevin De Bruyne made the difference in Everton win… but Mateus Nunes proved a disappointment

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table as Erling Haaland struck twice to sink Everton.

Pep Guardiola’s side had to be patient and it took them 71 minutes to break the deadlock as Everton defended resolutely.

But Haaland’s double, which took his tally for the season to 16 league goals, sent City above Liverpool for at least a few hours.

Here are the City ratings from the game at the Etihad courtesy of Adam Shergold.

Erling Haaland scored twice late on to give Manchester City a 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday

Erling Haaland scored twice late on to give Manchester City a 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday

The Norwegian fired home for the champions in the 71st minute to give City a crucial lead

The Norwegian fired home for the champions in the 71st minute to give City a crucial lead

He doubled his tally for the game on the counter-attack, slotting his effort past Jordan Pickford

He doubled his tally for the game on the counter-attack, slotting his effort past Jordan Pickford

Ederson

Had hardly anything to do as Everton could rarely get out of their own half. Took a bit of a knock early on when Ben Godfrey slid into him which required medical attention but never really tested. 6

John Stones

Far from his busiest afternoon as his former club struggled to get forward and pose a threat. Composed on the ball when required as City worked the ball out from the back. 6

Ruben Dias

Likewise, was rarely taxed by Everton’s forward line. Had a tussle with Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the touchline early on and was able to keep him quiet for the most part. 6

Nathan Ake

Could concentrate on supporting City’s attack with little to do in defence. Glad to provide a threat from set-pieces, of which there were plenty with City forcing nine corners. Claimed the assist for Haaland’s opener after touching it in the middle of a penalty scramble. 6.5

Manuel Akanji

As Ake was able to get forward and a goal kick just before the break was blocked by James Tarkowski, who was checked by VAR for a handball not given. 6

Manuel Akanji sees a first half effort blocked by James Tarkowski right in front of goal

Manuel Akanji sees a first half effort blocked by James Tarkowski right in front of goal

Rodri

As metronomic as ever in midfield and helped raise the tempo in the second half as City pushed for the breakthrough goal. 7

Phil Foden

Heavily involved in the first half on the right and tested the Everton defense with a couple of well blocked efforts. Slightly faded in influence after rest. 7

Matthew Nunes

Made some good early runs in behind but otherwise you never felt he was going to impact the game. Unsurprisingly replaced by Kevin De Bruyne just before the hour mark. 5

Matheus Nunes struggled to make much of an impact for City and was brought off for De Bruyne

Matheus Nunes struggled to make much of an impact for City and was brought off for De Bruyne

Julian Alvarez

Not too influential and didn’t join Haaland with much intuition. Saw a few half chances come and go. 6

Jeremy Doku

Always involved as he caused problems for Ashley Young and Ben Godfrey down the left flank, especially in the first half. Capable of beating his man, but the finished product was mostly lacking. 7

Jeremy Doku was keen to get involved on the left flank during the opening half

Jeremy Doku was keen to get involved on the left flank during the opening half

Erling Haaland

Was barely involved until he was most emphatic. Slammed the first goal with venom after the ball fell perfectly for him inside the box and then never missed the second after he overpowered Jarrad Branthwaite. It took him to 16 league goals of the season and to the top of the leaderboard. 8

SUBS

Kyle Walker (for Akanji, 57 minutes)

Offered more going forward and helped City up the tempo after the hour mark. 7

Kevin De Bruyne (for Nunes, 57 minutes)

Integral to City’s victory as he offered an upward gear shift. Haaland’s second set up with a brilliant ball from inside his own half. 7

Kevin De Bruyne (right) started on the bench but made a significant impact after coming on

Kevin De Bruyne (right) started on the bench but made a significant impact after coming on