Early concessions haunt Man United again as Matic, Herrera struggle

Early concessions haunt Man United again as Matic, Herrera struggle

United ended this game in eighth position, 12 points behind their cross-city rivals and with a negative goal difference after 12 games.

It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11). "It was a performance with mistakes and we paid for it", stated the United manager. Sterling has seven goals and seven assists in all competitions so far this season but still misses a lot of clear-cut chances and is often wasteful in front of goal.

The England forward took down a attractive pass from Fernandinho in the second half and should have shot with his left foot first time, but he delayed and let Chris Smalling get back goal side.

'The win last season there was a mad feeling and, hopefully, we can do it again, ' Lingard told MUTV.

City looked like they could cut through United at will down their left, with Benjamin Mendy, Sterling and David Silva combining well to make life hard for makeshift right-back Ashley Young.

"Normally, adding Fellaini to this late part of the game, you have the image of him fresh coming on at 2-1 with 25 minutes to go", Mourinho explained.

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Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has insisted he did not insult Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho following their Champions League match in midweek. "Nothing would really surprise me in this game as it could swing so much either way - I wouldn't be surprised it City won 3-0 but it wouldn't surprise me if United won 2-1 or 3-2 either", Neville said on his weekly podcast.

Interestingly, Mourinho's side have conceded a goal in the first quarter of an hour in five of their last six games.

Lukaku was introduced in the 57th minute, while Sanchez replaced Ander Herrera in the 73rd minute...

But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move. I feel when I watch my players, a team that feel a little bit the pressure.

City themselves will be on a high, having thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League, following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton. The ex-Monaco man then knocked it back into the box to his namesake David, who showed great composure to cut inside a slot past David De Gea.

"I like a lot the way [Sterling] played", said Guardiola, who appeared to voice his displeasure with his player on the pitch at full-time.