Never change a winning formula
You would think Jose Mourinho with all his managerial experience would know better than to change a winning team. He chose to give Mhikitaryan and Lingard their first league starts for the season in this all important clash especially after the former suffered a knock on international duty. The result was two players who clearly looked out of dearth and ceded possession on several occasions. They both got the hook after the first half but the damage had already been done with City taking advantage of their early dominance and grabbing two goals. Zlatan could have gotten them level before the break but a much improved second half performance was ultimately too little too late for Mourinho and his men.
United pay the price for poor start
Poor starts in the Premier League have proved detrimental to most teams and Manchester United suffered a similar fate after a slow start to the game cost them all three points. They were slow and lethargic in the opening exchanges and also gave away the ball on numerous occasions. That kind of start was not something they could afford against a team of City’s caliber. They were made to pay as City took a two goal lead in the first 30 minutes. A much improved second half showing followed but that was not enough for them to recover from that disastrous start in the first half.
Guardiola sends message to contenders
In the build up to this game, the subplot centered on how City would cope without Aguero and if manager Pep Guardiola could pull one over on his arch rival Jose. We got an emphatic YES to the latter question as Pep’s men out fought and outthought United. Kevin De Bryune was the star of the show alongside youngster Iheanacho who proved to be an able deputy to Aguero. When faced with the daunting questions, already Guardiola seems to have the right answers. His team were sublime at times in the first half and with more performances like these, it would take a brave man to bet against them lifting the trophy come May.
Bravo will have to improve to survive for long in this league
Claudio Bravo made his debut in the derby and it wasn’t one he would have fond memories of. He was at fault for what turned out to be a consolation goal for United and almost gifted them an equalizer a few minutes later. His dilly dallying on the ball was also a feature of his game that almost seemed to invite players onto him to claim the ball. It didn’t prove costly in this match but if we have learnt anything from the Premier League, it is that you will get punished for your mistakes at some point in time. Bravo got away with it but opposition teams would have noticed this and he will have to improve fast or risk costing his team vital points.
The Manchester Derby will be one of the most anticipated for years to come
An estimated 900 million viewers tuned in to watch the Manchester Derby. Such was the hype attached to this game and it didn’t disappoint. The match ups and quality of talents on show have now made this derby one that will be watched for years and years to come. Jose and Pep will always remain a spectacle and the rivalry and history both teams share has now made the Manchester Derby one of the most anticipated games ever.