Manchester United is a deformed club. Twisted by the practices of José Mourinho, who there exerts something more than coach. Detent managerial powers. He is the strategist whose sports policy has turned the richest society in England, an emblem of the most spectacular football that the British Isles have offered, in an unrecognizable smallness. A drama that in the derby of Manchester was developed according to the natural order. The City swept it. The team of Guardiola was enough to make a good game, without more, to cause the collapse.
Doubled from the start against the wisdom of David Silva, the visitors of the Etihad were unable to defend with the proper office, nor did they administer the ball judiciously or provoke a single counterattack. Neither did they unbalance their opponents in any way, nor did they threaten in set pieces, something that they boast with the highest European payroll, nor did they create more opportunities than the penalty. The unnecessary penalty that Ederson did to Lukaku, an accident, was the cause of the only shot between United's three clubs.
There are players of moments. Silva did not stay a moment without playing. Protagonist of a comprehensive performance, began the maneuver of the goal that he put himself hand in hand with De Gea, earning his back to the defenders. Bernardo Silva, who served as an extreme and interior at times, assisted him from the right when the whole United got into his area. What followed was strange. Supported by the 1-0 advantage, City took a step back and temporized the plays, to see if their opponent moved and freed spaces. Nothing happened. The few attempts of Matic and Herrera to go out playing ended in whining, inaccuracy and indecision exploited by the defensive system that Guardiola has designed after two and a half years of work. A marvel of sudden organization that finds no resistance in England. If United does not know how to manage the games, the disability translates into misery when it goes below the scoreboard.
The second part ran the same way. De Gea pulled long towards Herrera and Fernandinho stayed with the ball. His pass to the Kun was a form of relaxation. The Argentine striker was alone. Neglected between the lines by Matic and the central players, he turned to his liking, threw a wall with Bernardo Silva and finished off De Gea's face. The goalkeeper barely gave a swipe: second shot, City's second goal.
The penalty just added emotion to a unidirectional game. Mourinho changed Herrera and Rashford for Lukaku and Alexis. On the other side, Guardiola replaced Agüero with Gundogan. The outcome was a symphonic play. Up to 44 consecutive passes that were eroding the body and morale of United players, unable to cut a passing line, forced to act as poor persecutors, helpless before the spell of so much combination. The auction of Gundogan, who received, controlled and made the break in the line of the small area, did not find a response either De Gea or the central, who did not see him coming. The sung goal credited the forecasts of the betting houses that before the game offered 9.0 for the victory of United and 1.3 for the victory of the City.
United has stopped being a team of great behaviors to become a sad and reactive team. Reactive to what Guardiola does. In the field and in the market, where Mourinho went to buy Fred and Alexis just so they would not play with the rival. It spent 100 million in signing them and Alexis became the best footballer in the Premier: 21 million euros. Just so he does not play in the City.
As it was seen in the last derby, at the time of choosing, Mourinho was inclined to discard Alexis. He left him on the bench. It was better, yes, that Paul Pogba, the best footballer of the template, relegated to the stands for medical reasons that the club did not disclose because, possibly, do not exist. It is the talk of the city: the conflict between the players and the coach has not stopped climbing for a year.
The production of English television did not stop focusing Pogba in the box watching impassively another disaster that, until recently, was the absolute dominator of football in Manchester and today is a condemned team. United is eighth in the Premier to 12 points in City, which is leading.