Guardiola Beats Mourinho 2-1 in their 1st Manchester Derby

Premier League | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,272 | Scorers: Ibrahimovic 42; De Bruyne 15, Iheanacho 36

Old Trafford, Manchester | Manchester Derby | September 10, 2016

Manchester United

Manchester United
3-1-0, 3rd Premier League
1
Z. Ibrahimovic 42′
Final

Manchester City

Manchester City
4-0-0, 1st Premier League
2
K. Iheanacho, 36′ K. De Bruyne 15′

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola beat Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho in their very first Manchester Derby at Old Trafford on Saturday September 10, 2016. Manchester City dominated the first half of play as United stumbled in the midfield. Paul Pogba lacked ball control or possession and became so selfish, not releasing or passing balls to playmates. For some sad moments, I started thinking that his high priced return to Old Trafford was not worth it.

Photos L-R: United’s Ibrahimovic (C) MANUTD photo | City’s De Bruyne (C) celebrate after scoring the 1st goal | Reuters photo

City took the spoils in the 172nd Manchester Derby after withstanding Manchester United’s late attempts to battle back from two goals down in an exciting encounter at Old Trafford.

Kevin De Bruyne and Nigerian-born Kelechi Iheanacho gave the Blues a two-goal lead against the Red Devils in a first half that City dominated but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s super strike just before the break, his fourth in his first four Premier League games, changed the momentum of the contest – momentarily.

Pep Guardiola emerged victorious from his first Premier League battle with old adversary Jose Mourinho as Manchester City secured a fully deserved 3 points win in a frantic Old Trafford derby that befuddled pundits who had tipped United to win this one.

Guardiola’s Man City outclassed Mourinho’s Man United for most of the opening 45 minutes and I couldn’t understand why Mourinho did not pull out Paul Pogba when it was obvious, even to the uninitiated football enthusiast, that Pogba was the missing link in the midfield and needed to be de-linked to the bench. Maybe Mourinho was hell bent on making returns on his price tag for Pogba which was a hell-raising 83 million British pounds sterling, or thereabout.

United were handed a lifeline just before the break when City’s Claudio Bravo accidentally dropped a free-kicked ball (during struggle with one of his defenders) to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pull a goal back for United. United were much the better team in the second half of play but despite battering City’s goalkeeper United failed to change the equation.

The match ended Man United 1 vs 2 Man City at Old Trafford.

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Photo L-R: Jose Mourinho & Pep Guardiola on the sidelines at Old Trafford | Guardiola got the bragging rights after the encounter at Old Trafford derby on Saturday Sept 10, 2016.

Referee made two big mistakes – Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes referee Mark Clattenburg “made two big mistakes” in his side’s 2-1 defeat at home against Manchester City, but says he “cannot be happy” with United’s first-half performance.

I’m happy with Claudio Bravo’s personality – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is “happy” after beating Manchester United 2-1. He praised the “personality” of his new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for continuing to come for crosses despite the Chile international making a mistake for the host’s only goal.

HALF-TIME STATS
Possession: United 35% City 65%
Shots: United 6 City 6
Shots on target: United 3 City 2
Corners: United 1 City 1

United lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw (Martial 81), Fellaini, Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Herrera 46), Rooney, Lingard (Rashford 46), Ibrahimovic. Subs not used: Romero, Smalling, Mata, Schneiderlin.
Booked: Bailly, Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, Rooney.

City lineup: Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, (Zabaleta 90), Silva, Sterling (Sane 60), Nolito, Iheanacho (Fernando 53). Subs not used: Caballero, Clichy, Garcia, Navas.
Booked: Silva, Fernandinho.

FULL-TIME STATS
Possession: United 40% City 60%
Shots: United 14 City 18
Shots on target: United 3 City 6
Corners: United 4 City 4

Firstly, I still think that United would have beaten City today if Mourinho had tinkered more with today’s lineup before and during the match. Mkhitaryan and Lingard had no business starting the game for United, ab initio.

Secondly, I still think that Paul Pogba should have been yanked off the field and shouldn’t have stepped onto the pitch in the second half – he was useless throughout the match and Mourinho didn’t change him.

Thirdly, Mourinho’s tactics today failed woefully and his failure gave Manchester City the bragging rights at Old Trafford.

Even legendary Sir Alex Ferguson shook his head in disbelieve as Mourinho’s side fumbled from post to post.

While I am still distraught, I don’t want to feel any nostalgia (trying not to) for Louis Van Gaal – whose style of play should have been allowed to mature – and this season would have been the season of maturity for the Manchester United players under Van Gaal – even without the four new signings by Jose Mourinho.

The question is: was the hype before the Manchester Derby match worth all the noise? Please, watch the Manchester United vs Manchester City LIVE DERBY WATCHALONG STREAM! Below:

Finally, watch the Manchester United vs Manchester City 1-2 All Goals and highlights ~10-9-2016, below:

Up Man U!

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