An own goal from Eric Bailly and Bernardo Silva’s strike was enough for Man City to claim three points in the Manchester derby.
United were immediately pushed on the backfoot after Eric Bailly scored a terrible own goal.
Man City doubled the lead before the half-time whistle, with Bernardo Silva’s strike breaching through a sloppy effort from goalkeeper David de Gea.
United failed to pick up any kind of momentum in the second half while City could have added a few more goals.
A dominating display from Pep Guardiola’ side has seen them move to second place in the league table ahead of Liverpool.
A lacklustre performance from the Red Devils
Man Utd were expected to build on their impressive track record in the derby in recent years. However, as it turned out, the Red Devils succumbed to a disappointing defeat against City in front of their home crowd. It was another game where United failed to show any great intent, with Man City having full control of the game from the beginning to the end. United’s stats – 1 shot on target, as opposed to City’s 5 (16 attempts) – also sum up their uninspiring display. From the defence to attack, the home side were sloppy throughout the game.
City back on track with a thumping win
Man City’s title race hit a stumbling block when they suffered a shock defeat to Crystal Palace last week. Now, they have made a comeback in style after beating their cross-town rivals at Old Trafford. Guardiola’s men were clearly the better side from the beginning, hardly allowing Man Utd to gain a tinge of momentum. They could have added a few more goals if they had converted their chances in the second half. City leapfrogged Liverpool to second place in the Premier League table and they are separated only by two points from leaders Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s 3-5-2 formation down the drain, his future is in grave danger
United reverted to the 3-5-2 formation following their heavy defeat against Liverpool. While the new set-up yielded results against Tottenham and Atalanta, it was to no avail against Man City. Despite committing numbers in the defence, City managed to make a meal out of United’s passive defending and sloppy errors. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have hit rock bottom after tonight’s defeat. The Norwegian manager has been under enormous pressure due to United’s poor form this season. He was allowed to continue even after the huge defeat against Liverpool. The victory against Tottenham followed by a come-back draw against Atalanta extended his span but he is back to square one after today’s result. Even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, who saved Solskjaer’s blushes in the previous game, were of little help to the Norwegian today. The future doesn’t look bright for the baby-faced assassin after the defeat against City.