The best and worst performers from Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
Pep Guardiola 1-0 Jose Mourinho. There’s much more to it than that, of course, such as how it leaves United already three points behind their rivals and how it could leave a physiological blow. After all the hype though, it just seems right to say that Pep has a 1-0 lead. On the pitch, his side dominated for 35 minutes, before the Red Devils regrouped, helped by a Claudio Bravo error, and made it a very equal, exciting game for the remainder, resulting in a 2-1 City win.
Here’s a look at the best and worst performing players of the day:
Kevin De Bruyne
By far the best player on the pitch. He scored, hit the post twice – one of which resulted in the second goal, and was completely involved in every City attack. Much of the talk pre-match was how the Citizens would cope without Sergio Aguero, but his name was not mentioned during the game, and that was mostly down to how well De Bruyne played. He was a significant part in City’s win.
When United were desperately trying to get back into the game, they were firing in crosses left, right and centre. Otamendi was everywhere and clearing everything. John Stones performed well too, but the Argentine international just gets in ahead of Stones due to his commanding performance in his own box towards the end of the game.
He might have been on the losing side but he has to get a mention. Once again, the Swede scored, taking his goal tally to four in four, or five in five if you count the Community Shield. The big-man delivers and today he showed he can still do it on the big stage. He was United’s biggest danger, having plenty of opportunities, showing good hold-up play and also having an effort cleared off the line.
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