City won Wednesday at Old Trafford against United in the Manchester Derby (2-0). First, the men of Pep Guardiola take a point ahead of Liverpool.
The match: 0-2
Manchester City took advantage of its late match against United to take the lead in Liverpool (2-0). Three days from the end, Pep Guardiola’s men are one point ahead of Klopp’s. At the head of a series of eleven consecutive victories in the Championship, they seem invincible.
Private Kevin de Bruyne, still hurt, they have long seemed too slow, not inspired. Manchester United, more busy leaving ten men behind the ball than attacking, did not open the game in his defensive 3-5-1-1. It was the entry of Sané, in the 51st, which changed the face of the match (see below). In the 54th, the darling Guardiola Bernardo Silva opened the scoring by taking advantage of Shaw’s apathy. In the 66th, Fred lost another ball to Sterling, who was able to serve Sané. At the shot of the German, Gea missed. Too bad, because the Spanish goalkeeper had been reassuring in the first period, on a shot by Bernardo Silva (19th) and a shot from Sterling after a superb collective action (44th).
United, who touched two balls in the first half, was disappointed again. MU has taken just three points in his last four games. Worse: he has not scored in the game for almost six games (and the goal of McTominay in the 13th against Watford). The changes made by Solksjaer (Matic, Martial, Lukaku, Jones on the bench in favor of Lingard or Darmian) have not revived Red Devils who have not made any progress since the Norwegian signed his final contract. OGS has a lot of work to do this summer.
The fact: Leroy Sané has changed everything Pep Guardiola is very strict with Leroy Sané, whom he considers too irregular and not generous enough in the pressing. Thus, he has tenured only four times out of ten games in the Champions League this season and it is hardly better in the Premier League. But when Fernandinho was slightly touched at one knee (50th), the Spanish manager immediately returned the German winger.Without him, City had control of the ball but had created few differences. With him, and the passage in 4-2-3-1, the Citizens tore the lines of Manchester United. One of the combinations ended with a shot from Agüero on the post (56 ‘). In the 66th, he scored the goal of KO, well served by Sterling. His speed was a nightmare for poor Darmian, who had not been started by MU in the Premier League for four months.