Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Southampton 4-2 Manchester City – Report & Ratings
City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain in the balance as a Sadio Mane hat-trick secured Southampton an easy win
It took just twenty five minutes for the Saints to break the deadlock, when Shane Long struck at the near post, but that lead was soon doubled as Mane bagged his first goal of the afternoon just a few minutes later.
Just before half time, Kelechi Iheanacho’s quick reactions gave the Blues a goal against the run of play, however the Saints hit the ground running after the break and made the scoreline 3-1 soon enough.
Mane then pounced again to secure his hattrick and the win, and later Iheanacho scored a spectacular solo goal – but the match was all but over.
Saturday’s result means that City still remain fourth – three points behind third-placed Arsenal and four ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who drew against leaders Leicester at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team still have a comfortable cushion over their city rivals for now, but face a defining week as they approach the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday, followed by a tussle with Arsenal in the league just four days later.
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) May 1, 2016
Joe Hart – 5
Beaten four times on the day, but in fairness his defence didn’t offer much help.
Pablo Zabaleta – 4
Looks like he’s already seen the best days of his career, struggled to keep up with Southampton’s pace.
Nicolas Otamendi – 4
Was at fault for Mane’s first goal, made life far too easy for the Saints.
Eliaquim Mangala – 4
Looked back to his old self and couldn’t deal with hardly anything that Southampton conjured up.
Aleksander Kolarov – 2
Should be embarrassed for what happened during Southampton’s second goal, looked completely out of his depth all game and probably his worst ever game in a City shirt.
Fabian Delph – 2
Felt like he couldn’t string 2 passes together all afternoon, hard to believe that Pep will find room for him in the squad next season.
Fernandinho – 5
As one of City’s best players this season, the Brazilian will surely feel disappointed with his performance – but he still performed better than most others.
Samir Nasri – 5
Provided a dangerous cross in the build up to Iheanacho’s goal, but otherwise he wasn’t really effective.
Raheem Sterling – 2
You’d be forgiven for forgetting he was on the field, contributed next to nothing all afternoon – he needs a massive change if he’s to further his City career beyond next season.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 7
Was the only City player who could leave the field with his head held high, never gave up and scored a spectacular second goal.
Wilfried Bony – 2
Yet another forgettable performance from the Ivorian, feels like the Blues wouldn’t have been any worse off with 10 men.
Martin Demichelis – 3
Was brought on as an emergency defensive midfielder when the Saints were running riot, which shows how desperate they were.
Jesus Navas – 5
Tried when he came on but the damage had already been done, had a worrying knock late on but should be OK for Wednesday.