Manchester City made the statement they needed, and Manchester United showed they may just need a change in manager. On Saturday, City went to Old Trafford and thoroughly outplayed United, winning 2-0 with two goals in the first half to end any drama in what is often one of the Premier League’s most hard fought rivalries. An own goal and a strike by Bernardo Silva lifted the visitors to three points, helping them bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, United have lost four of six in the league, including two of the last three to direct rivals Liverpool and City.
With manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure due to a lack of consistency, this match proved once again that United aren’t even close to the level of those truly fit to challenge for the league title. United had just 31 percent possession, completing 322 passes to City’s 752, and had only one shot on goal from five attempts, while City had 16 shots, putting five on frame.
It all got started just seven minutes in when Eric Bailly knocked a Joao Cancelo cross into his own net in what proved to be the winner: Then on the brink of half time, Silva managed to somehow sneak this ball past David De Gea to double the score United were fortunate that the scoreline was not worse, with Phil Foden hitting the post in the second half, while City somehow also weren’t avoided a clear penalty kick.
Cristiano Ronaldo had one stellar volley on frame that was saved well by Ederson, with United doing nothing else at all in attack as the match ended with a roar of boos from a home crown.
The win for City pulls them, provisionally, within two points of leaders Chelsea, while United may find themselves 11 points back of first place by the end of the day.