So Manchester is blue, again. Like it has been for the vast majority of the last five years.
United came visiting to the Etihad with hopes high following a come-from-behind throwback-to-Fergie-days win over Juventus in Turin, but were eventually comfortably dispatched by the Premier League champions, who opened a 12-point gap on their city rivals with a 3-1 victory.
The Manchester Derby, irrespective of its final outcome, is a match which reverberates in world football. Its latest chapter followed suit – with City’s 44-pass goal to seal the win sending social media into overdrive.
City's ‘Friendly’ Fixture List: Mourinho’s Latest Excuse
Okay, we’re used to this routine. Manchester United play big match. Manchester United lose big match. Jose Mourinho loses cool. Jose Mourinho makes sweeping statement (read: rant).
Usually, there’s some semblance of footballing sense in The Special One’s post-match musings – even if hard to find for a majority of those of us who invest our time in the beautiful game.
This time, though, Mr. Mourinho stretched even his very-stretchable boundaries of grumbling.
"It’s a heavy result for the effort of a team that had three away matches in the same week, with a super difficult match of a high, demanding level in Juventus against a team that had two friendly matches at home against Southampton and Shakhtar." - Jose Mourinho to BBC Radio 5 live
City’s two preceding clashes before Derby Day may have appeared like cake-walks: the English champions smashed six past Shakhtar and Southampton at home, but were they really ‘friendly’ affairs?
Shakhtar Donetsk are renowned banana-peels for English clubs in Europe, and Southampton (look away United fans) are as close to United in the league standings as United are to City. Go figure, Jose.
We Deserved the Victory, Says Guardiola "We deserved the victory. The first half we played a little bit with fear and we didn’t want to lose the ball. We didn’t want to attack and they defended well. In the second half the game was a bit open so we had to find more space and we made a good performance against a top, top team." - Pep Guardiola to BBC Sport
Simple, to-the-point, and ruthlessly effective from the Man City boss. Much like his wards.
Gary Lineker: Huge Gulf in Manchester
Nearly one-third into the season, the Red Devils are as close to the top of the table as they are to the relegation zone. Former English striker and renowned pundit Gary Lineker spells out the world’s hushed thoughts.
Savage Stuff From Robbie Savage
The ex-Leicester City and Wales midfielder didn’t mince his words when questioning Man Utd’s display on Sunday, 11 November.
"You wonder whether those recent results against Bournemouth and Juventus have papered over the cracks? To come here and have one attempt on target, which is a penalty. Is that good enough for Manchester United? When you have spent that amount of money on attacking players? I feel Jose Mourinho always is one or two performances from people wondering ‘Will he still be here?’" - Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live44 Passes, 115 Seconds: City’s Wonder Goal
Crafty, this team. On the field, on social media. Everywhere.
Ilkay Gundogan’s goal, City’s third on the night to kill off any hopes of a United fightback, was a thing of Guardiola-esque beauty. The move spanned 2.13% of the entire match, and took over about 213% of the mindspace of pundits.
"It was incredible, absolutely magnificent. United didn’t really want to press them - it was half-hearted and, if you do that against City, they will punish you. If you give their guys that time on the ball - time to take a touch, to turn, to pick their head up and play their passes when they want to - they will do exactly what they did to United." - Ex-Newcastle & England striker Alan Shearer on BBC Sport
>City have just scored THE perfect goal 3-1 !!!— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) November 11, 2018
Superb football from @ManCity. They really are one hell of a side.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 11, 2018
Aguero Trolls Aguero (and Man Utd)
It fills us with pride to win the derby with team work and our supporters crowding the stadium. Let's celebrate! ?? (And while my hair may be gray now, Manchester is blue ?) C’mon City! pic.twitter.com/kV6RWDxgVh— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 11, 2018
Man City’s prolific Argentine striker was copping significant flak for his new choice of hair colour. Fortunately, for both Aguero and City, his love for the niehgbours continued – Aguero’s eight Premier League goals against United are second only to Alan Shearer’s ten now.
But he saved his best for his hoards of followers on Twitter: taking the mickey out of the red half of Manchester, as well as himself. Take a leaf, Virat Kohli!
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