Without the struck Cristiano Ronaldo, the “father of the counterpressing”, as Guardiola had called Rangnick in advance, at the leader of Liverpool almost captured towers. And at first it made United in the Etihad really good. Although De Bruyne City’s initial attack had embarrassed (5.), the Red Devils also held in terms of ball possession. They were also dangerous, Fred missed compensation (8.).
When Sancho finally succeeded in the 1: 1 per 17-meter Schlenzer after a counterattack (22nd), but the power relations had already shifted. The home owners put a tooth and dominated the derby into typical dynamic manner, at the end of a triple chance, double packer de Bruyne produced the old distance again early (28.). Mahrez missed the third hits before the break (45.).
No United degree in the second half – CL in danger
City’s superiority continued after the break. McTominay and Co. threw each other in several degrees – to their own did not come. Bernardo Silva (49.) and Mahrez (57.) Tasted for basically better home owners on 3: 1 and thus preliminary decision. She still had to wait.
Due to the scarce score, United long time had the opportunity to compensate for again – just actual possibilities could not earn the guests. The master was too strong and finally turned on the winning road when Mahrez a de-bruyne corner – still slightly faked – from the back space into the stitches Drosch (68.). Whatever the preliminary decision was already the preliminary decision, because United could not record a single degree in the second section. On the occasion of the substitute Gündogan, Mahrez still put again afterwards (90. + 3).
While Primus City’s pursuer Liverpool (three points before the matchday) could hold a distance, the air for United in the race becomes four more and more thinner. Arsenal passed the Red Devil – and has three games in the hindquarters.