Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Man United struggles highlighted by confident, controlled Man City

Man United struggles highlighted by confident, controlled Man City

To nearly every observer at the Etihad Stadium, the game was controlled by City but the Manchester United manager saw things differently. "The best way is to keep the ball and he did it with Leroy and Phil". I consider the performance of my team one with mistakes.

Having lost top spot earlier in the day following Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Fulham at Anfield, City held off a brief second-half United fightback to claim all three points. They finished second last season which was the best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson. They've started several matches on the back foot this season, needing to trail by a goal or more to kick-start a response.

"And it's not a case of finding a final piece of the jigsaw and all of a sudden they are going to win the league because at the moment the jigsaw is half-empty", Neville told Sky Sports News. However, he has been a crucial part of his team's recent rediscovery of form, even contributing a goal and an assist in United's recent 2-1 victory over Everton. I'm not going to be so quick to sit here and say it is the coaching staff's fault - there is a problem structurally at this club which means it would be hard for any coach to get this team to perform. Whenever they had the ball, there were huge gaps behind them and City were able to snuff out every United attack for the first hour of the game.

'Everything can happen, but he [Sterling] made some movements with the legs, and we can avoid it, but he's young and he's going to improve'. Mourinho insisted United had given "not a negative performance at all" and added: "If you focus on the game today, it was open for 80-something minutes".

MF Ander Herrera, 5 - Had his work cut out on the right of United's midfield three trying to stop David Silva.

"This week, City played three home games and we played three away".

Fernandinho found Bernardo Silva in a pocket of space i front of the United back-line and the Portuguese took David De Gea by surprise as he rifled a low shot just wide from 20 yards out. Watching from the United bench were the more creative Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez; it was as though Mourinho had given up any hope of winning before his team kicked a ball.

Despite being clearly superior to their local rivals, the Spaniard was unhappy with his side's first-half display.

"Despite that, we were stable, we score one goal, the first 15 minutes was so good and after that we didn't press so well".

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