Ralf Rangnick and his team had a game of two halves on the trip to the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne has netted two goals in the first half, and Jadon Sancho has scored a curling strike in the second, so the away side went into halftime a goal down but optimistic.
City dominated the first half, attacking United’s right flank with clear intentions. However, the team in red can take positives into the second half.
Despite starting the game early on, they were still in the game as they were well structured and winning the ball back well in midfield. They certainly weren’t going to score an equalizing goal, but they were still in the game.
Guardiola’s side quickly accelerated in the second half, coming out of halftime ahead of United, and United struggled to keep up. However, as the visitors pressed, City easily played through them, and the second half fell into place quickly. In their half, City passed the ball about. United pushed forward to press them, but City utilized the situation.
At the death, Mahrez fired the ball at De Gea, hitting him before scoring into the net to add insult to injury. But, despite multiple opportunities to punish their opponents before then, they failed to score their fourth.
It’s a good day for Manchester City, who are six points clear of Liverpool, although they have played an extra game. However, United’s campaign looks grim because they have played three more games than Arsenal and Tottenham.