MANCHESTER DERBY

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

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

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The result keeps Manchester city 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 & Man đô thị flying ahead after 11 matches of the 38-game season, Man United could be forced lớn settle for a battle for fourth place và 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 and failed khổng lồ 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, & it was emblematic of United"s poor play on the day. Luke Shaw allowed a cross to lớn reach Silva and 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 lượt thích 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 và Donny van de Beek, it never troubled Man City. The visitors were actually closer lớn scoring a third & arguably should have had a penalty kick with two minutes left in the game. 

"We started the game off badly, of course. Passive. Và when they get the first goal, it was always going to lớn 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 to lớn win the ball off them. Some praise goes lớn them, but we were not at our level. The standard needs to be raised."