Manchester City 3 – Manchester United 1
Manchester City eased past their neighbours Manchester United with a convincing 3-1 win on Sunday at The Etihad.
The Manchester City victory caught no one by surprise with Pep Guardiola’s side sweeping all before them once again, as they did in 2017/2018.
Any side that loses a local derby will often come in for criticism but for many this match once again showed the gulf in class between Manchester United and their “noisy neighbours”.
This was a hard watch for Manchester United fans, many of whom will remember the time when their side were winning titles whilst Manchester City were in the third tier of English football.
The expected goals numbers between Manchester United and Manchester City pretty much sum up the difference between Manchester’s two biggest clubs.
xG map for the Manchester Derby.
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Graeme Souness vs Gary Neville on Manchester United
After the Manchester derby, there was a fascinating exchange between Graeme Souness and Gary Neville on Sky Sports.
Souness starts off by explaining his disappointment of Manchester United’s performance at The Etihad.
Both pundits and Pablo Zabaleta also confirm that Manchester United missed the influence of the injured Paul Pogba.
Then comes a discussion of Manchester United’s current state and why they appear to be even worse than last season.
Whilst Manchester City are improving.
How do Manchester United build a title winning team?
As the video below progresses, Gary Neville explains many of the problems Manchester United have right now.
Neville blames a lack of “rhythm” in the passing and laments the lack of Jose Mourinho signings that are actually playing for Manchester United right now.
Souness however, appears to be blaming Jose Mourinho and the Liverpool legend asks: “Is the manager getting the best out of the players?”
When Souness asks for a “simple yes or no” – he does not get either from Gary Neville, who skirts the question like an experienced politician.
Like many Manchester United supporters, Souness wonders why Alexis Sanchez doesn’t play for the Red Devils like he did for Arsenal.
As a Manchester City legend, it looks like Pablo Zabaleta enjoyed this heated debate…
“What would you change at Manchester United?”
Neville counters by asking Souness what he would change at Manchester United, if he was the manager.
Souness argues that he would tell the Manchester United midfielders to play “one and two touch”.
It seems fair to say that Souness would have no place in his side for Marouane Fellaini!
Pablo Zabaleta then nails the discussion by asking why Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford track back so much when they are in attacking roles.
Finally, Gary Neville defends Jose Mourinho, which is fair and somewhat accurate from a Manchester United fan perspective.
But, why does Neville not critique the Glazers, who own Manchester United, or Ed Woodward, the CEO?
If it’s not Jose Mourinho’s fault then surely the Manchester United hierarchy are to blame?!