Manchester City 2 Newcastle 0: City player ratings as the FA Cup holders book another Wembley date

Here are the Manchester City player ratings as the FA Cup holders booked themselves a place in the semi-final stage of this season’s FA Cup with a 2-nil win over Newcastle.

A pair of first-half deflected strikes from Bernardo Silva were enough for Manchester City to claim a record-breaking sixth consecutive FA Cup semi-final berth. Following last weekend’s chaotic 1-all draw with Liverpool, the FA Cup holders were in complete control against Newcastle. The midfield pairing of Rodri and Mateo Kovacic brought a sense of calm to Pep Guardiola’s side, and it was evident against Eddie Howe’s side.

It was a professional display from the world champions as they dominated Newcastle. It was a performance that built confidence for Manchester City as the pressure intensifies after next weekend’s international break.

City player ratings

Stefan Ortega-7/10: Made one brilliant save in the first half and was composed with his feet

Kyle Walker-7/10: A much better performance from the City captain. Barely tested at the back and good when City had possession.

Ruben Dias-7/10: Made several crucial interventions in a typical Dias display.

Manuel Akanji-7.5/10: A steady outing from Akanji. Barely troubled and did his work with minimal fuss.

Josko Gvardiol-7.5/10: There is an argument that he is City’s best left-back, which is harsh on Ake. A polished performance.

Rodri-7.5/10: Dictated midfield and was his usual self over the 90 minutes.

Mateo Kovacic-8/10: Added more control to the City midfield in a superb performance. He has likely played his way into City’s best eleven at a critical stage of the season.

Phil Foden-7.5/10: Some magical touches and his class were evident over the 90 minutes.

Bernardo Silva-8.5/10: Bernardo’s two deflected strikes effectively ended the contest in the first half. Another all action display from the Portuguese international.

Jeremy Doku-7.5/10: A much better display from the Belgian international. Drifted all over the pitch and was a constant threat to the Newcastle defence. Once he improves his final delivery he could become almost unplayable.

Erling Haaland-7/10: A good all-around display from Haaland. Was more involved in the build-up play, and his presence unsettled the Newcastle defence.


Oscar Bobb-6/10: A nice cameo off the bench. A few nice touches in the 15 minutes or so he was on the pitch.

Julian Alvarez-N/A: Not on long enough to mark.

Tags Bernardo Silva Eddie Howe Erling Haaland Etihad Stadium FA Cup Jeremy Doku Josko Gvardiol Julian Alvarez Kyle Walker Manchester City Manuel Akanji Mateo Kovacic Newcastle United Oscar Bobb Pep Guardiola Phil Foden Rodri Ruben Dias Stefan Ortega