What a day at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. We all expected Manchester City to come out on top as they lead the Premier League with 84 points but boy, were we surprised.
For me, it was a thought provoking game, with so much on the line there were plenty of things to keep an eye on; how each team played, the tactics they deployed, and how the game was won.
Manchester United Lineup: 4-3-3: de Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Valencia, Pogba, Matic, Valencia, Alexis, Lukaku, Lingard
Manchester City Lineup: 4-3-3: Ederson, Delph, Otamendi, Kompany, Danilo, Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sterling, Silva, Sane
Both lineups look formidable but with watching the game, I came to the conclusion that after a dreadful half, United switched to a 4-1-2-1-2 with Lukaku and Alexis playing as Strikers, Lingard still making those flank runs but also managing the game from the middle, a rogue 433 false 9 could be said.
Pogba and Matic played side by side with Herrera sliding behind them. The Citizens on the other hand added a more powerful strike force with Aguero, De Bruyne and Jesus after they suffered a 2-0 comeback that ended in a humiliating 3-2 home defeat.
I don’t want this to be a summary of the game but I do want to touch on one part in the game. One very controversial decision by the referee. The possible penalty in which Young tackled Aguero. It was a rash challenge, a risky challenge, but I don’t think it was a penalty.
I believe Young hit the ball at the exact time as Aguero and the brunt of the impact sent Aguero flying. Another part of the game I want to mention are the misses by Sterling. There were 5 or 6 goal scoring opportunities in which Sterling could have scored but did not take advantage of them. Something that overall cost Manchester City the title, on the day at least.
Overall, this was one of the most exciting Manchester Derby’s I have ever watched and possibly one of the most entertaining games of football I have ever seen. Lets hope its as exciting as this next year.