Man Utd 1 – 2 Man City – Match Report & Highlights
MANCHESTER IS BLUE.
Manchester city took all the 3 points, all the bragging right, a place on top of the table and maintained their 100% run in the Premier league, all at the expense of their bitter rival, Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Manchester derby produced all its promises; crowd chants, a player-manager clash, quality football moments, mistakes and ultimately a manager moaning.
Early in the first half, unchallenged Kelechi Iheanacho nodded a long ball into the path of Kevin De Bruyne who blazed past Daley Blind, which he buried in the right corner of the approaching David De Gea’s goal, making it look so easy to do that. It was a poor reaction from Eric Bailly allowing kelechi get to the long ball first to set up Kevin De Bruyne on the run that left Daley Blind rather flat footed for City’s first goal.
De Bruyne mazy run in the 35th minute opened up a space to shoot which came off the inside of the post and fell to Iheanacho who turned it back into the net. Luckily, he was played onside by Daley Blind’s lurking figure.
Manchester City had their lead reduced when debutant goalkeeper Claudio bravo lost his nerves, fumbling a long ball into the box from a Wayne Rooney free-kick which Zlatan Ibrahimovic rifled home for Manchester United’s first of the afternoon.
Mourinho had his pep talk made a bit easy for him with a goal to chase, making instant substitutions at the beginning of the 2nd half; Marcus Rashford and Anders Herrera coming in for Jesse Lingard and Henrik Mkhitaryan respectively. But it was Rashford who took the run to City, shooting a neat one from the edge of the box past Bravo before having his celebration cut short as Ibrahimovic was in an offside position right in front of Bravo.
Pep Guardiola reverted to playing a double pivot, taking off goal scorer Iheanacho for Fernando to protect his side from the surging attack of the home team. Ibrahimovic could have levelled it up after Bravo was found in no man’s land, but he fired tamely at goal allowing John Stones to clear.
De Bruyne could have made it worse for United when his long shot stung the post for the second time in the game and rolled clear off goal.
Pep Guardiola would be delighted with the result putting them on the front foot and building some sort of fear factor for his team.
Mourinho seemed clearly unhappy with some of his player’s performance, but it was his own undoing to tinker with his regular line-up before the game.