All three goals scored by Bernardo Silva against Manchester United and Manchester City were scored at Old Trafford
Manchester City put pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United's struggling manager, as they won with near embarrassing ease at Old Trafford.
Although City's victory may not have been as decisive as Liverpool's 5-0 win here in United's last domestic league game, the gap between the two sides was still wide.
Solskjaer's start against United was disastrous. Eric Bailly turned Joao Cacelo's cross into the net after seven minutes. David de Gea, the goalkeeper, managed to keep City at bay until the end of the first period.
De Gea made a series of outstanding saves that denied Cancelo twice as many times as Gabriel Jesus or Kevin de Bruyne. He also saved Victor Lindelof, his own defender. Bernardo Silva, however, took advantage of Luke Shaw's poor defense to get in on another Cancelo pass at the far end.
United responded with a volley by the subdued Cristiano Rojo. As City moved down the pitch, but City still seemed more likely to score, the second half was just a formality.
Man City in a Different Class
City displayed class and control in this magnificent performance, dominating from the first whistle to the last. It was a great example of how superior they are against United.
They were already in danger before Bailly's goal, and it was unclear how they managed to score a few goals before halftime when they occupied De Gea at Stretford End.
City was kept out by the Spaniard alone (and sometimes with his feet), as they broke through United's defense at will. This was helped and supported by some really terrible defense from Shaw, Maguire, and Aaron Wan–Bissaka.
De Gea seemed almost unable to take anymore when Silva's second for City caught him off guard. But, it is possible that he was expecting Maguire or Shaw to handle the situation before it became fatal.
Everywhere you looked, City was filled with outstanding performers. Cancelo's crosses were freed from defensive pressure and were a deadly weapon. The imperious Rodri was the center of the action and won and gave possession before spraying around passes that allowed Pep Guardiola to showcase their talent in the wide positions.
It was the perfect reaction, at least in Premier League context, to Crystal Palace's shock home loss last week. If Guardiola has a complaint (and this arch-perfectionist is never content) it could be that City didn't rub United's noses in it as much as Liverpool did here two months ago.
However, in the end, it was a strong show of dominance by the Premier League champions over the territory of their derby opponents.
Solskjaer is in more misery
Although it wasn't as devastating for United as their crushing loss against Liverpool, it was yet another pathetic example of how far they are from becoming serious Premier League contenders.
United were on the losing side from the start, with United's penned-in team carrying all the characteristics of a lower league team hoping to win against an elite FA Cup side.
It was a painful sight to see City dominate possession and accept the ball when United gave it back to him.
Ronaldo had one last chance, but it was a rare intrusion into City territory. As against Liverpool, frustration got the better of Ronaldo and he was given a yellow card for a foul upon De Bruyne in his dying moments.
Solskjaer, as he did against Liverpool, looked powerless to change the course of events on his occasional appearances in technical area. During these appearances, he was taunted mercilessly from City's supporters.
With the tone set already, Jadon Sancho's introduction at half-time was minimal. You almost felt for Donny van der Beek when he was dismissed with 10 minutes remaining. It was a moment of greatness as the Netherlands midfielder received a lot of applause at the Stretford End when he warm up and came on, although some of it may have been Fred's relief.
United enter the international break having won only one of six Premier League games. They also have four points out of a possible 18. There are more questions about Solskjaer's beleaguered status.
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Man City Manchester City Manchester United Squad Number 1 Player Name de Gea Average Rating 4.32 Squad Number 34 Player Player player name Bruno Fernandes Average Rating 3.34 Squad Number 10 Player Player named Player Fred Average Rating 3.20 Squad Number 11 Player Playername Shaw Average Rating 3.07 Squad No. 27 Player Player player name Bernardo Silva Average ranking 8.25 Squad no. 47 Player Player Playername Bernardo Silva Average ratings 7.91 Squad numbers 17 Player Playername Playername De Bruyne Average rating 7.00 Squad # 2 Player Playername Walker Average rating of 8.40 Squad 9 Player number 9 Player number 32 Squad rating: 7.35 Squad for 31 Player number 31 Average rating Player named Gabriel Jesus Average rating.
Live Text Line-ups Man Utd Formation 3-5 1 de Gea 2 Bailly 2 Lindelf5 Maguire 29 Wanbissaka 18 Bruno Fernandes39 McTominay 17 Fred23 Shaw 11 Greenwood 7 Cristiano Rore 1 de Gea
3 Bailly substituted for Sancho at 45'minutes
18 Bruno Fernandes
17 Fred Substituted for van de Beek at 80' minutes
23 Shaw Substituted For Telles at 73' Minutes
Rashford Substituted by 11 Greenwood at 67' Minutes
7 Cristiano Ronaldo Booked at 90mins Substitutes 9 Martial
34 van de Beek Man City Formation 4-3-3 31 Ederson 2 Walker 5 Stones 3 Rben Dias 27 Cancelo 17 De Bruyne 16 Rodri 8 Gndogan 9 Gabriel Jesus 20 Bernardo Silva 47 Foden 31 Ederson
3 Rben Dias
27 Cancelo Bookings at 48 Mins
17 De Bruyne
9 Gabriel Jesus
Booked by 20 Bernardo Silva at 58 mins
47 Foden Substitutes 6 Ak
80 Palmer Referee Michael Oliver Attendance: 73.086 Match Stats Live text Post update Match ends at Manchester United 0, Manchester City 2. Full Time Second half ends, Manchester United 0. Manchester City 2. Manchester United, Post Update Offside. Scott McTominay attempts a through ball but Cristiano Ronaldo gets caught offside. Manchester United, Post Update Corner John Stones concedes. Booking Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), is given the yellow card. Update: Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United Post update Phil Foden (Manchester City), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Post update Foul by Donny van de Beek (Manchester United). Post update Corner, Manchester City. Alex Telles conceded. Post update Attempt missed. John Stones (Manchester City), left footed shot from centre box. It is close but misses to left after a corner. Update: Attempt blocked. Rodri (Manchester City), header from the middle of the box is blocked. Phil Foden assisted with a cross. Post update Corner, Manchester City. Scott McTominay converted. Post-update Phil Foden (Manchester City), hits the right post with an left footed shot left of the box. After a quick break, Kevin De Bruyne assisted. Post update Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), wins a free kick at the defensive half. Post update Foul by Donny van de Beek (Manchester United). Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update Foul by Victor Lindelf, Manchester United Substitution Substitution Manchester United Donny van de Beek replaces Fred. Update: Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), right footed shot outside the box is blocked Page 1 of 5 Rewind Previous Navigate To The Next Page Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward