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Match Review: Manchester United vs Manchester City – Premier League Match Review


Manchester United and Manchester City have been rivaling each other for years. In this match review, we take a look at the Manchester derby between Manchester United and Manchester City, which has been dubbed the “Manchester Derby” because both teams are based in Manchester.

Pre-match analysis: Manchester United on the brink

For many years Manchester United dominated this rivalry, but as Manchester City have become more competitive following their takeover by the Abu Dhabi Group, it’s been a tight race since the start of the 2010s.

In fact, in recent years there has even been a reversal of fortunes. In the last decade Manchester City have won the Premier League five times (2011-12, 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2020-21), while Manchester United have won it just once (2012-13). In terms of league results, Manchester United have been outscored by Manchester City.

This dominance is also reflected in the head-to-head results. In the last ten years, Manchester City have won more league matches than Manchester United, with a record of 11 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. In the last 10 years, Manchester City have won 11, drawn 3 and lost 6 of their league matches, while in their home derbies, Manchester City have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2.

With the Manchester derby taking place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, the odds are stacked against the home side.

And Manchester United have been in a bad run of form so far. Despite a 3-0 win over Tottenham last week, Manchester United have lost just one game in October, losing two and drawing three. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being linked with a move away from the club, can Manchester United beat their rivals? Let’s take a look at the starting line-ups for both teams.

Manchester City completely dominate the game

The Manchester derby was played at Manchester United’s home stadium, Old Trafford, with Manchester City beating the home side 2-0. Manchester City completely dominated the game, and it was no exaggeration to say that they were the better team throughout.

Manchester City took the lead through an own goal in the 7th minute of the first half, and then added another in the closing minutes to make it 2-0 at the break. In the second half, Manchester City kept their opponents at bay and the game ended 2-0. The score was 2-0, but the difference was much more than that.

A closer look at the stats shows that this was not the case.

Take a look at the table below.

Manchester United Manchester City
32.6% Possession 67.40%
1 Number of shots in the frame 5
5 Shots on target 16
547 Touches of the ball 977
400 Number of passes 832
18 Tackles 12
22 Clears 5
1 Corner Kicks 9
4 Offside 1
1 Yellow cards 2
9 Fouls 12

Looking at the attacking indicators (possession, shots on target, shots on target, touches on the ball, passes and corner kicks), we can see that Manchester City are ahead in all of them. In particular, the number of touches on the ball and the number of passes is almost double that of Manchester United. Manchester City were in complete control of the game.

So why was it such a one-sided game?

Let’s take a look at the three turning points in the game to find out.

The first turning point in the game was the first chance.

The first turning point came early in the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled and awarded a free kick in the opposition half. The kicker, Luke Shaw, put in a fine cross into the penalty area and Harry Maguire headed over. Harry Maguire headed over from the resulting free-kick, but despite being free, his shot flew wide of the target.

Two minutes later, Manchester City had a chance of their own.

Rhodri picked up the ball and played it to Joao Cancelo, who crossed sharply into the area for the Portuguese defender. Eric Bailly tried to clear the ball but was unlucky to see his effort deflected into the bottom corner. Manchester United were out of luck and conceded the first goal.

As it turned out, the game could have gone very differently if Manchester United had scored in the first five minutes. The home side were looking to keep their opponents at bay and play a long counter-attack, so scoring early in the first half (or at least not conceding a goal) would have given them the edge.

The second turning point was the chance to get the equaliser.

The second turning point of the game came again for the home side.

In the 26th minute of the first half, centre-back Bailly dribbled through the opposition press and passed to Shaw at left-back. In the 26th minute of the first half, centre-back Bailly dribbled through the opposition press and passed to left-back Shaw, who delivered a fine cross into the penalty area for C Ronaldo to volley home with his left foot. It was saved by Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson, but the ball rolled to the feet of Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood. The ball fell to Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, but in his haste he missed the shot. Greenwood had no one in front of him and the goal was empty. If he had kept his cool, the ball would have found the net.

After Manchester United had taken the lead, the ball had been completely dominated by Manchester City, but the home team had defended well and had not allowed any more goals. It would have been a great chance for Manchester United if they had taken advantage of it.

It was inevitable that Manchester United would lose this game, as they failed to take advantage of the chances and opportunities described in Turning Point 1.

Turning Point 3: The way both managers played in the second half of the game.

The final turning point of the game came in the second half, when both managers showed a great deal of skill. The difference between Sourshal and Josep Guardiola was that Sourshal was more aggressive and Guardiola did not make any changes.

With the score at 0-2 at the break, Sourchard replaced Bailly with forward Jayden Sancho at the start of the second half.

Of course, with a two-goal deficit in the first half, and a loss against a rival team, it was understandable to bring in an attacking player. However, the fact that Sancho is on the card is questionable.

After a 50/50 start to the second half, the away team pushed their way back into the game.

Sancho, who joined the club with great fanfare from Dortmund this season, has not scored or assisted in 13 official appearances. He has yet to make the impact that was expected of him. Sancho must have been overwhelmed by the task of turning the tide at a crucial stage of the season, the Manchester derby.

His subsequent substitutions failed to change the game. Manchester United lost the game after failing to take any control of the game. Manchester City’s Guardiola, on the other hand, did not make a change until the end of the game. Guardiola, on the other hand, did not change a single player and kept the game on track.

It is no exaggeration to say that both managers had a big influence on the game.


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