Manchester City vs Manchester United 5 things we learned

Manchester United got played off the park in their 4-1 away defeat to Manchester City. Manchester United did put up a spirited first-half showing. Ralf Rangnick’s side pressed well in the first half but could not keep up the intensity in the second half. Man City was more dominant with 69.3 percent possession in contrast to United’s 30.7 percent. This result tells you how far away Manchester United are from competing for the league. This article looks at five things we learned from the encounter.

Sancho proved his point at the Etihad

Jadon Sancho started of his Manchester United career slowly. In the 23 games he played up until the 19th January he had scored just twice. Since the 19th January he has scored two goals and got two assists. This suggests that his form is improving and he is adjusting to life in the Premier League.

This is the first opportunity he has had to shine against his former club because he missed the two quarter final legs in the Champions League last season, and was on the bench in the first derby of the campaign back in November.

When Pogba played the England international through on the left-hand side in the 22nd minute, the ex-Dortmund player drifted inside and unleashed a curling shot into the bottom corner. Sancho didn’t do any celebration in respect of his former team.

Rashford is not in Rangnick’s plans at the moment

Manchester United started 2022 with forward options consisting of Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. But for the derby none of them were present for different reasons. As a result of this Marcus Rashford had to step up.

Rashford’s confidence was dealt a serious blow because he was left on the bench. Rashford being on the bench shows that he is even behind Anthony Elanga in the pecking order. This is extremely damning because he was thought really highly of when he burst onto the scene against Arsenal in 2016.

He did come of the bench in the 64th minute, but struggled to effect the game in any way , shape or form. Rashford’s form this season has been concerning and he needs to improve it if he wants to have any chance of playing for England in the world cup.

In all fairness to Rashford United’s performances as a team may be affecting him. This could be because each individual player feels as though they should be the one to impact the game.

Manchester United aren’t top four material right now

Manchester United’s top-four hopes took a huge blow. Arsenal won 2-3 at Watford before the Manchester derby kicked off. Arsenal’s 2-3 win put the club under more pressure as Arsenal had gone one point ahead of them with three games in hand.

Pressure is what makes or breaks a club’s season. Manchester United buckled under the pressure of the top four race in the second half. In the second half, Manchester City showed their gulf in quality when they kept hold of the ball. This game wasn’t what stopped United from getting top four if they don’t get it. Dropped points in games such as Watford and Newcastle were more detrimental because you would expect Manchester United to win those games.


What is most concerning is that people thought things would change dramatically if Ole got sacked because the problems at the club are deeper than Ole. Rangnick’s tenure at the club hasn’t been a success at all concerning results because he has dropped points in winnable fixtures. The results tell you the magnitude of the job for the next manager.

Varane is an important player

Raphael Varane was thought highly of before he signed for the club because of his success at Real Madrid and France. Harry Maguire’s performance only proved that Varane is a better leader. Maguire’s performances are frustrating for Eric Bailly who should be given a run in the team.

Varane’s presence would have made a difference in a game where Maguire was nowhere near his best. Maguire let De Bruyne’s opening goal go through his legs and should have done better when it came to stopping the Belgium international’s second.

If Varane was available then Rangnick would be forced into putting Harry Maguire on the bench. Maguire should be on the bench because he isn’t in the best of form. Maguire would have played better if he partnered Varane at the back. Varane brings about a calmness personified which makes a huge difference.

Ronaldo is not the main problem

Ronaldo is a topic of discussion because he did not play. He is also a topic of discussion because he was linked with a move away from the club. Despite this and his poor form, he is the least of Manchester United’s problems. Manchester United’s £175 million defence is more of a concern.

De Bruyne’s second strike is a prime example of poor defending from Manchester United. For the goal, Victor Lindelof found himself out of position by Phil Foden and his three other defenders left the turf as Belgium tucked home following the scramble.

Harry Maguire’s performance wasn’t good and the defence as a whole wasn’t good on the day.
Lack of effort is another problem. In the last ten minutes of the game, United completed 16 passes. Rodri himself completed 17, and Manchester City completed 120 in that time.

Author: Edward

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