Manchester City eased past a poor Manchester United to claim the bragging rights in Manchester derby. Manchester United’s defensive issues were at display yet again as Man City handed a fourth defeat to United in their first eleven games.
United were pinned back right from the start as City dominated possession with their slick passing and pressing. City opened the scoring through an Eric Bailly own goal, who sliced his clearance off Cancelo’s cross straight past De Gea. United had to thank their goalkeeper to keep them in the game as De Gea pulled off a string of saves in the first half. City however doubled their lead in the final minutes of first half as Bernardo Silva toe poked his effort past De Gea in the bottom-right corner.
Although City were not at their best in the second half, United couldn’t pose any attacking threat going forward. Boos echoed at the final whistle as United faithful showed their frustration as questions will arise once again on Ole’s future at the club. United have now picked up just four points from their last six games, and could potentially be 11 points behind leaders Chelsea if the Blues win their game against Burnley.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the win Phil Foden expressed his happiness and praised his team for their performance. The England international added “We had the game of our lives today. Everything went right, a lot of possession and chances. We dominated from start to finish.”
“We knew we could exploit the space in behind and we picked the right times to do it. My team-mates found me a few times in behind and on another day I could have finished the chances.”
“We got in at half time and said we had to keep up the possession game and I thought we did that really well. Massive confidence going into the international break – important to get the win before that. Delighted. It was very important to get back to winning ways.”