Manchester City outclassed Manchester United in this Premier League encounter. An own-goal from Eric Bailly and a late goal in the first-half from Bernardo Silva were the only goals of the game, but that doesn’t explain the utter dominance from the visitors from start to finish.
Back-to-back embarrassments at home to our two biggest footballing rivals. One word. Unacceptable.
Story of the game
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were taught a footballing lesson in the early stages of this match. Apart from Harry Maguire’s header which sailed wide in the fifth minute, City were dominant. And it was a minute after one United centre-back went close to scoring at one end of the pitch, another one went and put the ball in the back of his own net.
It was a calamity of errors for Eric Bailly’s own goal in the sixth minute, starting with what should’ve been a goal from İlkay Gündoğan after a teasing cross from Kyle Walker. After a Victor Lindelof clearance off the line, the ball was recycled to City’s left-wing, and yet another dangerous cross was put into the United box – this time from Joao Cancelo.
After his heroics in midweek, United’s Ivorian centre-back attempted another unorthodox clearance, but this time ended up putting the ball into the back of his own net, giving David de Gea no chance.Embed from Getty Images
Pep Guardiola’s team continued to dominate proceedings and were helped by some schoolboy errors from United in the build-up. It was not until the 25th minute that The Reds strung a number of passes together, and it almost led to an equaliser.
Some rare accurate passes saw the ball at Luke Shaw’s feet on the left flank. His cross into the box was straight towards Cristiano Ronaldo, whose weak-foot volley was struck strongly to Ederson’s right, but the City goalkeeper reacted well, and unfortunately, Mason Greenwood couldn’t put away a difficult rebound.
Any thought that United could grow into the game after that chance was shut off three minutes later when Phil Foden beat the hosts’ offside trap and drove towards De Gea’s goal. A low cross to Kevin De Bruyne led to Gabrial Jesus taking a spinning shot towards the roof of United’s net, but it was well saved.
It was more of the same for the majority of the first-half. City dominance. But United did have another chance fall to the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo on 39 minutes, but the forward would’ve been called offside even if he squeezed his shot between Ederson’s legs.
1-0 at the break wouldn’t have been half-bad considering how awful the Reds had been, but yet another mistake in the last seconds of the half took the game away from the hosts. A lack of communication from David de Gea, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw was quite frankly embarrassing and led to Bernardo Silva being left free to receive Cancelo’s cross to the far post and tuck the ball away, with the United goalkeeper having little time to react.Embed from Getty Images
Meanwhile, even though Jadon Sancho injected a little bit of energy into the United attack when he was brought on at half-time, it was more of the same for most of the half. If you tuned in halfway through you would’ve assumed in was a Manchester City training match with the ease that they were keeping the ball against Manchester United’s non-existent press.
It was not until the 80th minute where the visitors decided to turn it on, with a quick transition leading to Phil Foden driving towards goal on the left, but the 21-year-old’s low driven shot went just wide of the bottom corner.
In a similar fashion to the embarrassment against Liverpool, the visitors gave mercy to Manchester United in the latter stage of the game.
The only supporters that were singing Solskjaer’s name by the end of the encounter were the ones that travelled from across the city. It was two weeks ago that the United manager was seemingly gifted three more games to save his job. One win, one draw and one spineless loss to United’s rivals is not the reaction that anyone would have wanted.
It’s the international break now, and United need to make a decision, because seven goals against, and zero for, against your two biggest rivals is unacceptable.
What is next for this team?