tactical analysis Manchester City - Manchester United 3-1

Manchester City – Manchester United: Guardiola’s side dominate with lopsided attack and display sublime possession skills to secure the win (3-1)

Manchester City took an early lead against United with an interesting lopsided team shape and extended their lead just after half-time. United threatened to pull off another of their trademark comebacks when Martial netted from the penalty spot, but City showed their class with a composed display in possession to defend their lead.

Playing away at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is by some margin the toughest fixture one could ask for in the Premier League these days. Going into this game though, Jose Mourinho might have felt optimistic given his track record. His two previous visits to the Etihad as Manchester United coach earned him a draw with a clean sheet, and last season’s dramatic 3-2 comeback win.

Rescuing games from losing positions has become something of a theme for United in recent weeks as well. The latest, and perhaps most unlikely yet, was in Turin against the usually defensively impenetrable Juventus, where a Juan Mata free-kick and a Leonardo Bonucci own-goal gave United a 2-1 win and a very strong chance of qualifying from their Champions League group.

For Manchester City, recent games was very much business as usual. Six-goal demolitions of Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk illustrate the level they are performing at this season, as they look to better their record-breaking 100-point haul from last season.  Pep Guardiola made just two changes from the aforementioned 6-1 win over Shakhtar – Oleksandr Zinchenko made way for Benjamin Mendy, and Sergio Agüero returned to the side to replace Gabriel Jesus in City’s flexible 4-3-3 system.

Mourinho’s . . .

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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