Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United’s humbling at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday has been neatly summed up by David de Gea’s simple message to fans. United were beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford in the derby, but the scoreline did not do justice to just how one-sided the contest was.
Pep Guardiola’s side had 67 per cent possession and completely dominated the game from start to finish against their rivals.
Eric Bailly’s clumsy own goal from Joao Cancelo’s cross put them ahead after just seven minutes and City had plenty more chances to go further ahead.
Only De Gea’s sharp reactions prevented them from doing so, with United unable to escape their own half for the majority of the first half.
Bernardo Silva made it 2-0 from another Cancelo cross, poking in at the back post through De Gea’s grasp.
City hit the post through Phil Foden before taking their foot off the accelerator in the second half while maintaining control to squeeze the life out of the tie and inflict the second hugely damaging home defeat in two weeks on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
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The mood around the club was summed up by De Gea on Saturday evening when he tweeted: “I am hurt” alongside a picture of himself looking dejected.
United, and Solskjaer in particular, have been under mounting pressure over the past few weeks following the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
A much-needed 3-0 win over Tottenham followed, but the ropey nature of the 2-2 draw at Atalanta in the Champions League and humiliation of the derby result has left fans unhappy.
United’s hierarchy remain behind Solskjaer for the time being, with few alternatives available, but will have plenty of time to ponder their next move over the two-week international break.
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United mustered just one shot on target in the match and had just four touches of the ball in City’s penalty area, despite starting with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes in attack.
“It’s disappointing, of course. It’s hard to talk at the moment,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“We play against a good team, don’t forget that, but we were nowhere near what our standards and levels can be and that’s something we have to get back to.
“We’ve got to go back to being on the front foot, be more aggressive, maybe circumstances have made us a little bit more cautious and passive.”
United face Watford next in the Premier League on November 20 before fixtures against Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.
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