City Dominates Ronaldo & Co

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It finished 2-0, but it was never really that close. Reigning Premier League champions Manchester city comfortably won this season’s first Manchester derby, dominating the possession và scoring chances at Old Trafford. The visitors capitalized on two Manchester United mistakes to move khổng lồ within two points of first place.

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A 7th minute own goal by Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, và a Bernardo Silva goal at the stroke of halftime capped a comprehensive first-half performance by the visitors. Then city managed the second half, often controlling possession and keeping Man United at bay. The Red Devils brought on three attacking subs, but they could not affect the match, & Man United meekly succumbed lớn their rivals.

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The result keeps Manchester thành phố in the English Premier League title race, only three points out of first, but Manchester United finds itself nine points off the pace from league-leading Chelsea. With Chelsea, Liverpool và Man city flying ahead after 11 matches of the 38-game season, Man United could be forced lớn settle for a battle for fourth place and the Champions League berth that comes with it.

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Man United came out with a 3-5-2 formation, but the Red Devils were immediately pinned back và failed to lớn disrupt Man City with any meaningful pressure. After the own goal by Bailly on a failed clearance, only Spanish netminder David De Gea prevented the deficit from ballooning with several spectacular stops. The second goal just before halftime was deserved for Man City, and it was emblematic of United"s poor play on the day. Luke Shaw allowed a cross to lớn reach Silva & De Gea bumbled the save attempt at the near post.

Despite a change in formation after the break khổng lồ a 4-2-3-1, the second half felt like more of a training exercise for Man City. Man United enjoyed slightly more possession than in the first half, but despite the entrance of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford & Donny van de Beek, it never troubled Man City. The visitors were actually closer khổng lồ scoring a third and arguably should have had a penalty kick with two minutes left in the game. 

"We started the game off badly, of course. Passive. & when they get the first goal, it was always going to be a difficult trò chơi anyway," said under-fire Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. " played well, of course. They don"t give you the opportunity lớn win the ball off them. Some praise goes khổng lồ them, but we were not at our level. The standard needs lớn be raised."