After a chaotic end-to-end first half that saw Manchester City only just about come out on top, Pep Guardiola’s side swept Manchester United away in the second half of Sunday’s Manchester derby.
City were at their dominant best, creating chance after chance as United shuffled from side to side like a kid stuck in a game of piggy in the middle.
After Riyad Mahrez put the Blues 3-1 up United practically gave up, and City pretty quickly started taking the mickey.
“I’ll have to watch it back and see body language and stuff like that,” Scott McTominay said when asked if the United players had downed tools. Really Scott – are you sure you want to do that? Well if you insist… here are some hilarious moments he’ll see when conducting his inquiry.
“It’s 5-a-side stuff this,” Gary Neville lamented on commentary after Joao Cancelo saw his spectacular scissor-kick effort well-saved by David de Gea.
Neville can sometimes be a little sensationalist when United are taking a pasting, but he was right. Cancelo had all the time in the world to size up his attempt at the back post, and the best bit was that the elaborate volley was completely needless.
He could have easily chested the ball down, taken a touch, done anything – but instead he decided to have a bit of fun. A moment that showed City’s superiority if ever there was one.
Rodri is known for being a cool, calm and no-nonsense presence in the heart of midfield, but even he started pulling out the party tricks as United’s early-game confidence collapsed.
In the 89th minute, shortly before Mahrez scored the fourth, the ball came to the Spain midfielder about 25 yards out. Fred went to close him down – unusual for a United player, I know – but was swiftly put on his back-side when Rodri faked a shot and instead passed to his left.
The face goal
City’s fourth goal shall now be known as ‘the face goal’.
There is something quite funny that despite City’s vast superiority, Mahrez’s injury-time strike was pure Sunday League.
The chance came about when Fred smashed an attempted clearance into the face of Rodri, with Gundogan picking the ball up and slipping Mahrez in behind the defence.
The Algerian then cannoned his effort in off the chops of De Gea, a microcosm of the 45-minutes of punishment United endured.
“He is very good on the floor, De Gea. So I hit it high, it hit his face and went in,” Mahrez later explained to Sky Sports, matter of factly. Stupendous.
Don’t mess with Walter
Phil Foden may still have a scrawny teenage look about him, but as Aaron Wan-Bissaka will no doubt tell you, the 21-year-old has been hitting the gym.
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In a moment that summed up the difference in attitude and hunger between the two sides, Foden felt the United full-back flying as the two collided in a clash for the ball.
From a United point of view that would not be anything to be ashamed of, had Wan-Bissaka not had a 15-yard head start on Foden.
Foden spurned the chance he created for himself, but that moment showcased the fighting spirit everyone wants to see on derby day.
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