The Manchester derby ended with victory belonging to the team that played better, was more brave, and took advantage of opportunities better.
1. Haaland destroyed Man United
Man City’s brightest star against Man United named Erling Haaland. The excellent Norwegian striker scored a double goal and an assist; delivering top-notch performances. The former Borussia Dortmund star displayed all the qualities needed in an excellent number 9: wise movement, position selection, sharp and cool finishing.
Haaland tore apart the Man United defense. The central defender duo of Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans were completely powerless to stop the 23-year-old striker.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Haaland said: “Great victory. Great. Incredible match. The whole team played impressively, especially Bernardo Silva.”
Haaland proves to be Man City’s main goalscorer currently. This season, the Norwegian striker has a total of 13 goals.
2. Growing dissatisfaction with Ten Hag
The 0-3 defeat to Man City put Ten Hag in a difficult position. Boos from the fans on the field appeared with more and more frequency. In the 73rd minute, Ten Hag decided to take Rasmus Hojlund off and bring Alejandro Garnacho onto the field.
Many fans protested Ten Hag’s decision to substitute.
Many Red Devils fans opposed Ten Hag’s decision, saying Hojlund deserved to continue to be on the field. Besides, many conflicting opinions arose when Ten Hag decided to use Jonny Evans as the starter from the start, leaving experienced midfielder Raphael Varane on the bench.
Poor achievements from the beginning of the season put Ten Hag in a dangerous situation. Man United are showing signs of regressing compared to themselves last season.
3. Man United ‘offered’ a penalty to the opponent
Objectively, Man United started the match quite well. The turning point happened in the 23rd minute when Rasmus Hojlund fouled Rodri in the Red Devils penalty area. After consulting VAR, referee Paul Tierney decided to give Man City a penalty.
On the 11m mark, Haaland coolly defeated Andre Onana, opening the score. This is not the first time this season that Man United has been penalized.
The situation led to an 11m penalty for Man City.
According to statistics, Man United has been awarded 5 penalties in the 2023/2024 season. The match with Man City was the third consecutive match in which the Red Devils conceded a goal from the 11m mark.
Man United needs to defend smarter and wiser within the home team’s 16m50 box to avoid a similar scenario in the future.
4. Onana caste
Onana could not once again become Man United’s hero on the penalty spot when he was defeated by Haaland. However, that cannot deny the Cameroonian star’s brilliant playing day.
Onana played impressively.
Onana made no mistake in all three of Man United’s goals in this match. According to data from Whoscored, Onana owned 7 successful saves throughout 90 minutes. The former Inter Milan star made Haaland and Jack Grealish regret many times.
After an unimpressive start, Onana gradually proved her ability and class in the wooden frame of Man United.
5. Man United revealed a grave
Ten Hag is facing a difficult problem for Man United: the Red Devils don’t know how to score goals. The poor play of the attackers has had a big impact on the Red Devils’ recent achievements. Confronting Man City, Man United’s weaknesses continued to be exposed.
Rashford missed a good opportunity.
Attacking stars like Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Rasmus Hojlund played poorly throughout their time on the field. The three substitutes Anthony Martial, Antony and Alejandro Garnacho had too little time to contribute to the overall play when they were put on the field at the end of the second half.
After 10 Premier League rounds this season, Man United has only 11 goals. The worst number among the top 10 teams leading the rankings.