Manchester City have shown ‘why they are now the best club in England’ on Sunday at Etihad Stadium. The Blue side of the Manchester won against their arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League with a margin of 3-1. Jose Mourinho’s side were completely thrashed by the dominant Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Here are the talking points for the match between Manchester United and Manchester City :
1. Bernardo Silva Was The ‘Hero’ Of The Match :
The Portuguese midfielder is playing a vital role in this season for Manchester City. He is not giving a chance to feel the absence of Kevin De Bruyne in the midfeld of the Blue side of Manchester. He was firstly used as a winger by Pep Guardiola; but later he shifted him in the three men midfield. The Portuguese midfielder is doing his job silently. At the 12th minute of the match, he provided the ball towards David Silva who helped Manchester City to take the early lead in the match. At the 86th minute of the match he provided another brilliant cross towards Gundogan who made no mistake to seal the win for the home team against their arch rivals.
2. Presence Of Sergio Aguero At The Front :
Sergio Aguero’s presence at the upfront of the field is really playing a key role in Manchester City’s success in this season. Sergio Aguero has scored a brilliant goal at the beginning of the second half of the match. It has been a brilliant finish by the Argentine centre forward and he is consistently scoring for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
3. Paul Pogba’s Absence :
Paul Pogba’s absence played a key role in United’s huge defeat against their arch rivals at the Etihad Stadium. The reports were also stating that he might not be able to play against Manchester City with a slight niggle. Without Paul Pogba, the midfield of Manchester United looked shaky. Nemanja Matic is nowhere near his prime form at Chelsea FC few seasons back. In the battle of midfield in this big match, Manchester City were way ahead of the Red Devils.
4. Too Much Of A Big Ask For Mourinho To Stop Manchester City :
Jose Mourinho went with his ultra defensive strategy in this match against Manchester City. Before the first goal of the match, the ball possession of the Red Devils was below 15 percent which clearly demarcated that they allowed Manchester City to play their free flowing football. In the second half of the match, the Portuguese manager did the all three possible changes. Initially the presence of Romelu Lukaku in the opposition’s penalty box caused a few problems. United got the penalty too at that moment when Romelu Lukaku was fouled inside the box by Ederson. Anthony Martial pulled one goal back for the Red Devils; but they were never looking the better side in the pitch. Manchester City soon took the control of the match and the goal of Ilkay Gundogan finished off the match for Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.