Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved his point at Etihad, as Manchester United beat neighbors Manchester City in Saturday’s derby day fixture.
The red devils entered the fixture as the underdogs, visiting a Manchester City side who have been dominant in recent years, and worse in front of their fans.
However, the visitors showed no fear, taking the game to Pep Guardiola and the citizens. And eventually emerging 2-1 winners of a rather nervy fixture.
The first half largely belonged to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, who took the game to the hosts, with Marcus Rashford winning a penalty and scoring. While Anthony Martial superbly finished to make the game 2-0 before the half-hour.
Marcus Rashford could have made it more comfortable though, but curled a tad too wide for a first, and left Ederson rooted to the spot when he found the bar not too long after.
While the first half was owned by the red devils, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City returned for the second, piling the pressure and putting United on the back foot.
City would finally get a goal, Nicholas Otamendi heading home from a corner in the 85th minute. But failing to add another, as United sealed another big win in a matter of days.
A point is enough for the wise…
Solskjaer would leave the Etihad having proved his point, following his pre-match statement about the status of both clubs.
“As long as we’re going in the right direction and we get there, that day when we do is going to be a very good day,” Ole said.
The manager aimed a dig at the citizens, saying the red side of Manchester was still the highest, despite having struggled to perform in the last few years.
Solskjaer would stay true to his words and have now earned himself some respect. With the manager yet to fall against any top-six side so far in the season.
Is Pep losing it to defensive chaos?
Manchester City could easily excuse themselves from a loss on the basis of defensive injuries. But this is City, and after shelling millions in recent transfer seasons, shouldn’t have to complain about anything.
They were comprehensively beaten by United, having struggled to chisel a chance against a well structured United defense. On the hand? United constantly threatened to tear them apart, and only have a poor finishing to thank for not winning by at least a four-goal margin.
Like always, Pep Guardiola’s style is too costly to maintain, and in a single pick were left gasping for breath as Manchester United raced to victory. However, does this really spell the end for City?
Both teams are involved in European fixtures in the midweek, with Manchester United to return with a game against Everton at Old Trafford.
While Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will look to make amends when they face fellow top-six side Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates.