The Manchester derby, finally went down on Saturday afternoon with Manchester United and Manchester City slugging it out in a high tempo game.
Manchester city ran out 2-1 winners at oldtrafford with goals from De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho for the noisy neighbours while Zlatan Ibrahimovich scored for the home team.
Here are five things we learnt from the game;
Way before the season commenced, so much hype was attached to this game, especially when it became official that Pep Guardiola would be joining Manchester City and Jose Mourinho would be joining Manchester United. The game was highly tactical, entertaining, enthralling and had the fans glued to their televisions for the entire 90 minutes.
Prior to this game, it was clear the game would be won from the bench with Mourinho and Guardiola said to have clear philosophies of how they always want their teams to play. Manchester city, did everything right, which left Manchester United chasing shadows all half. They deservedly got into a 2-0 lead and threatened to get more. Eventually, United pulled one back but struggled to get the equalizer even with an improved second half performance. Guardiola’s record against Mourinho now stands at 8-3 while his record against Manunited improved to 4-0.
Pogba, is a very good player but most times tries to make things difficult for himself by constantly holding on to the ball meaninglessly. Big players are known for standing out in big games. Unfortunately for Pogba, in his first real test of the season, he flopped. He was chasing shadows all game and couldn’t take control of the game. It had to take the introduction of Herrera to steady the sinking ship in midfield.
Both players did not in any way make their team proud. Mkhitariyan would definitely have had Mata laughing inside him, making him assured of his place in the next game while Lingard failed to bring in the form that inspired Manchester United in the community shield. One note to these guys, Mourinho hardly forgives and they just might have to do a lot to win back the trust of the Portugese tactician.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper was brought in as a replacement for Joe Hart because Guardiola feels Bravo is the man to suit his style of play. In his first game with Manchester city, he was highly dodgy. He gifted Manchester United a lifeline by failing to hold on to a Wayne Rooney cross that led to Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s goal, and was lucky to still be on the pitch after colliding with Wayne Rooney in the second half after losing the ball, among other incidents. Pep Guardiola will now be hoping Bravo can get used to the premier league as soon as possible as Manchester City looks to mount a title challenge.