Introduction: Manchester United and Manchester City went head to head at Old Trafford in a crucial match for both sides. United needed to consolidate their place in the top four, while City looked to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal. Erik ten Hag’s men put up a fantastic first half performance, limiting City’s chances and creating some good opportunities of their own. Fred was great in midfield, covering the pitch and bringing energy to the center of the park. Alejandro Garnacho’s spark in the second half helped United to stage a comeback and win the game. Ten Hag’s revolution is rapidly taking shape and the result today is proof of that.
Manchester United hosted arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, and Erik ten Hag looked to erase the mistakes of the first leg against Pep Guardiola’s side.
The match was crucial: United needed to consolidate their status in the battle for the top four, while City tried to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.
Ten Hug fielded a completely different starting line-up to the one that won against Charlton. David de Gea is back between the sticks. Luke Shaw stood next to Raphael Varane while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malazia patrolled the flanks.
Fred and Casemiro formed the midfield support with Christian Eriksen ahead of the Brazilian duo. Anthony Martial led the line with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes either side of him.
Here are three things we learned from Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Manchester City.
Fantastic first half
United were outstanding in the opening 45 minutes and did well to contain their boisterous neighbours.
Despite the fact that City possessed the ball more than twice, they failed to score in the first period of the decisive derby.
United had four shots, two of which were on target. City, on the other hand, recorded two shots, neither of which challenged De Gea.
The Red Devils were solid in defense and limited City to crumbs. In fact, the team never looked in danger of missing out, mainly due to the fact that Ten Hag coached a masterclass in defense.
The midfield was doing its job, led by Casemiro and the rampant Fred, who found himself on the pitch in various places. Varane and Shaw also managed to get Erling Haaland out of the game. The Norwegian could barely smell it!
Malaysia had Mahrez where they wanted, as did Van Bissaki with a brooding Phil Foden.
Rashford had the two best chances in the first half and should have done better with both, including one when he had an open goal with a centre-back to be rounded after Ederson ended up in a neutral position.
The Ten Hag would no doubt regret his team’s missed opportunities, but would be pleased with the overall performance against one of the best teams in the country.
Fred was great
Fred started in a Premier League played for the first time in a long time and paid back Ten Hag for believing in him.
The 29-year-old did a great job covering the pitch and bringing energy to the center of the park.
First, he was tasked with tracking down Kevin de Bruyne, but Fred stuck to the Belgian like a fly and neutralized him effectively, especially in the first half.
His passing was good and his defensive play could not be faulted.
He lent a helping hand to Malaysia against Mahrez and also ensured that the Dutchman was not double-teamed by the rivals.
Fred’s performance dropped momentarily in the second half, but mostly this was due to the team’s slump and constant loss of possession.
The revolution of the ten hags is rapidly taking shape
United’s brilliant comeback shows that Ten Haga’s methods are taking shape at Old Trafford.
In the build-up to the match, the United boss paid close attention to mood, winning mentality and persistence. He was calling for something quite different from the beating in the first game.
His players listened and gave him that and more.
After a slow start to the second period, Fernandes’ equalizer gave the team the much-needed boost it needed.
The players reinvented themselves, came together and Alejandro Garnacho lit a spark to stage a comeback.
The Argentinian was brilliant in the box and fed the perfect ball to Rashford to win the game against City.
United fans have a lot to look forward to ten witch and today was proof of that. Come on Arsenal!