Saturday’s Manchester derby can best be described as a game of two halves. It was indeed a game in which each side dominated one half.
In the end, Manchester City were beaten at home in the league for the first time since December 2016 when Manchester United came back from 2 – 0 down to win the game 3 – 2.
Jose Mourinho spoiled Pep’s party again.
Let’s look at it half by half:
It seem like just another day at the office for Manchester City. They controlled possession and pressed their opponents. Once City got rolling, around the 25-minute mark, United struggled to keep the ball for more than 10 seconds at a time.
City created opportunities at will. David Silva pulled the strings again. He was always either in space or creating space for his teammates. He was a nightmare for United. The Spaniard kept threading Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva in behind the United defence. The game should have been over during the home side’s ascendancy.
United didn’t track their runners. False-nine Bernardo caused uncertainty. The midfield trio, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, and Nemanja Matic, failed to support the back four.