Pep Guardiola finally tasted a victory in Manchester Derby at Etihad
Pep Gaurdiola’s Manchester City is superior to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. There is no doubt about it. Guardiola’s side has defeated them at their own home Old Trafford in back to back season. But during same time, Guardiola haven’t won a home game against United. City boss finally tasted a victory in Machester Derby at Etihad Stadium with a 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s side.
Goals from David Silva, Sergio Aguero, and Ilkay Gundogan helped City register an emphatic 3-1 victory and get back on top of the Premier League table. It also increased the gap between both Manchester’s sides.
The gap between Manchester City and Manchester United has increased to 12 points with only 12 games played. The gap on point table tells all the difference between both side and how the power has shifted to noisy neighbors from the “Theatre of Dreams”.
Manchester City and Manchester United both opted for a management change at the start of 2016/17 campaign. Whereas Guardiola become Manchester City’s boss, Jose Mourinho was given Manchester United job.
“We shouldn’t even compare Man Utd with Man City at the moment. There is a huge gulf in performance levels” @GNev2 reacts to the Manchester Derby.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 11, 2018
Guardiola made his mark with a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in his first Manchester derby and played 0-0 draw at Manchester Stadium (Etihad). The same feat was repeated very next season at Old Trafford as well, but Guardiola was handed a reality check at Etihad last season. They were leading 2-0 at the end of first-half and goes on to lose the game 2-3 at the end.
Spaniard was still searching his home victory over Manchester United to give something special to cheer for his home fans, but it arrived in his third season in charge. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were completely outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the season.
Jose Mourinho can’t escape from his situation at the club and his lack of trust in his players. He makes changes in his playing XI as he wants and he doesn’t need to give an explanation to anyone. He looks immature at the age of 55.
Mr. Specialist made a rude gesture back in Turin after a 2-1 victory over Juventus. He thought he has won the world again, but back at home in England, he was once again handed a ground reality. His team is poor and he is lacking tactics to downplay Premier League competitive sides.
Pep Guardiola must have thought of giving a great credit to his players for executing his plans on the pitch, but Jose Mourinho made sure that it was his players mistake which won City the game.
In his post match comment, Mourinho told the press as Manchester United official website reports, “Not a bad performance at all, far from it. One thing is a bad performance; another is a performance with mistakes. All of the three goals were mistakes, we’re punished for it. We’re in the game in the 80th minute or something, even the home supporters felt that, but the third mistake punished us with a result that I don’t think we deserve.”
It was typical Mourinho. On the other hand, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola publicly admitted that his team struggled in the derby despite winning the game 3-1.
He said, “We felt the pressure. They wanted to do well in the derby, that’s normal. But we played like “I don’t want to lose the ball” but not with the intention to attack. We started second-half much better. After we conceded the goal, it was always inevitable to think about last season and what happened again in that situation, but we didn’t concede another chance.”
Anthony Martial scored the only goal for Manchester United in second-half after City already had two goal lead from David Silva and Sergio Aguero’s goal. Ilkay Gundogan’s winner gave a rest to any speculation of a comeback from United in the latter minutes.