It was derby day in the city of Manchester with Manchester City playing host to Manchester United at the Etihad stadium. It was the 177th derby game between both sides with United holding sway when it comes to bragging rights amassing 73 wins as against City’s 51 with 52 of the ties ending in a stalemate. Man for man, City are yards above the Red Devils but it is derby day and anything could have happened, not that I trusted Man Utd to win. City are unbeaten in the 11 games they have played so far this season in the league and were looking to return to the top of the summit after the game. The have also weighed in with 12 goals in their last 2 games, so goals were guaranteed in this one.
Manchester City kicked off the game and there are no prices if you guessed right who dominated possession, it was a no brainer as Man City always had the ball or to humbly put it they had the ball whenever they wanted it. City’s ball play is every EPL’s dream at the moment and It was as early as the 12th minute we were made to find out that it would be a long night for the Red Devils. The Cityzens took the lead through David Silva. The morbid domination of play by City continued up until half time with no further goals scored.
Half time score, 1 nil in favour of the hosts.
Sergio Kun Aguero added to Man City’s lead in the 48th minute and to say I was embarrassed by my team’s display at this point was an understatement. A silly mistake at the back led to City’s second goal.
Romelu Lukaku was brought on for Jesse Lingard in 57th minute and in less than 60 seconds the big Belgian was fouled by Ederson in goal for Man City in the City box. Penalty for United and who else to take it if not their most in form player at the moment. You guessed right if you said Anthony Martial, who calmly slotted home to reduce the goal margin.
2-1 and United fans must have been expecting some sort of miracle, hoping the game would end in at least a draw or come up with the goods to win the game like they did against Juventus in the Champions League mid-week. They thought wrong as substitute İlkay Gündoğan restored City’s 2 goal lead to end the game 3-1.
United’s performance in one word? Awful.
United go into the international break with a loss that would probably haunt me for two weeks as a boring weekend of football looms, not that international football is boring.
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