Manchester derby ends in a drab draw

A highly anticipated Manchester derby ended in a boring stalemate as both clubs looked more cautious not to lose than to win. Manchester City were not at their very best to test a vulnerable United defence, who looked comfortable defending and a bit more threatening from their set-pieces. A total of four shots on target summed up the game as both teams earned a point to be separated by the same margin in the table.

Strikers for both teams, Cavani and Aguero were absent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named his scrutinised stars Pogba and De Gea in the starting lineup. The best chance of the half fell to Riyad Mahrez, whose shot was brilliantly blocked by De Gea’s leg and the follow up was blazed over by De Bryune. United looked threatening from set-pieces as McTominay couldn’t stretch enough to steer home Luke Shaw’s flick from a corner. Both teams couldn’t create any clear cut chances and headed into the break scoreless.

The opening minutes of second half provided the much needed impetus as Manchester United were awarded a penalty for a rash challenge by Kyle Walker on Marcus Rashford. However, City and Walker were let off the hook after VAR adjudged Rashford to be marginally offside in the buildup. The game slipped back into being a boring affair with both teams content to knock around the ball with no real intent of scoring. Bruno Fernandes had the only shot on target in the second half after collecting Martial’s pass and shooting straight into Ederson’s arms. Both teams settled with a point each to end the most boring game of the season yet and put the footballing fans out of their misery.

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