ANDt was a suicidal tactic from United in a few minutes. Insurmountable. And they inevitably lagged behind. After completing only five passes in the first 10 minutes and claiming a small 13 percent holding of statistics that matter most, he was in the column with David Silva. United had a chance to take the lead on Raheem Sterling's dazzling drive up the left, but the opportunity fizzled away as his shot went just over the bar after 18 minutes. Luke Shaw took a shot from the helld but Bernardo Silva easily chipped the ball past the in the back of the net. Sergio Aguero tried to reach him, and Chris Smalling pulled him back, but David Silva broke and David rose and fired up into the net of David De Gea's extended arm.
It also meant that United had five of the last six league matches in the first quarter and their tactics were strange. Ander Herrera was marked in detail by the David Silva brand – and failed – while Nemanja Matic was also asked to get a brand after Bernard Silva. He left Marouane Fellaini as a free midfielder and only once in a while changed this bizarre approach and decided to push up on the pitch.
Suddenly the game became more even.
After meeting, United began to push and began to work back until United again made mistakes when De Gea reached Jesse Lingard. Under pressure, his first touch was heavy, and Fernandinho stole him and found Bernard, who then chose Aguera. The attacker played with Riyad Mahrez one and two before knocking on the rising right leg that struck De Gea with his strength. It was his ninth derby in Manchester and his 18thth in their last 14 matches. Wow.
United was doubled last season, before winning 3-2 in an extraordinary return, and Sterling should have done three, but refused to shoot. How decisive would it be?
Mourinho just turned to replace Romel Lukaku, and his first involvement was that Anthony Martial had set off on a patrol pass within the city's criminal zone. Ederson pulled out, even though Lukaku heads off the goal and leads the striker to clear punishment. Lukaku was only on the field for 30 seconds. Battle calmly sent Ederson the wrong way for his sixth goal in five league games and United was back in the game.
Pep Guardiola was furious, crossed his technical field, and responded by bringing Leroy Sane and losing another good opportunity because City broke with three against two just to winger. Another substitute, Gundogan, sealed it. He was chosen by Bernardo when he began to move, with Matic unable to track his run. Gundogan dipped the ball and shot down around De Gea.