Review: Manchester City – Manchester United

Manchester City were always in control and showed the difference in class by defeating Manchester United 3-1.

Manchester City starting lineup:
Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero
Manchester United starting lineup:
David de Gea, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

The first shot attempt came in the 2nd minute, when Fernandinho found Bernardo Silva with an excellent long pass. The Portuguese struck the ball cleanly and it went just wide off the post. Next, it was David Silva with a shot on goal which went just wide. Then, in the 12th minute, Manchester City took the lead through David Silva. A brilliant cross by Raheem Sterling was met by Bernardo Silva, who managed to get the ball towards the center of the penalty box. It took a slight deflection and came to City’s other Silva, who took a step in the right direction and scored with ease. An absolutely deserved opener for the hosts.

Manchester United improved after the slow start. They weren’t dominated anymore, but unfortunately (for them), they were already behind. Nothing much happened until the end of the first half. Play was repeatedly interrupted by fouls from both sides. The teams tried to create something in attack (City more so than United) with no evident results.

The second half began in the worst possible way for Manchester United. The visitors went down by two goals after Sergio Aguero blasted a top-shelf fireball following a one-two pass with Riyad Mahrez. A fantastic goal by a fantastic striker to make it 2-0 for City.

United seemed out of it until Ederson decided to trip Romelu Lukaku, who came onto the pitch just seconds earlier. The Brazilian keeper’s reckless challenge forced Taylor to show on the spot. Anthony Martial took the penalty kick and converted to reduce the lead to 2-1.

Leroy Sane entered the frame soon after Martial’s goal, replacing Mahrez. Ten minutes later, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez came on for Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford. Ilkay Gundogan replaced the goalscorer Aguero next. Despite the goal, The Red Devils were far from challengers in today’s contest. City looked calm and comfortable, although tension did rise as minutes ticked by. They disappeared when the substitute Ilkay Gundogan made it 3-1. A timely cross by Bernardo Silva left him unmarked, so he had enough time to receive the pass and fire a shot from inside de Gea’s box. Cool as you like.

Gundogan’s goal sealed the victory and proved that Manchester City are on a whole different level compared to their city rivals at the moment. Can anybody catch them is the question now.

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