Last night's Manchester derby started so well for United, who came out of the blocks with purpose and intent, determined not to let their fierce rivals humiliate them in their own backyard. The Red Devils were quick to close City down and put pressure on the visitors backline, which at first looked as though it worked, as Vincent Kompany looked panicked and flustered on the ball, giving it away at every opportunity.
The experienced Belgian even picked up a yellow card within ten minutes after a mistimed shoulder barge on Marcus Rashford, while players usually so cool with the ball at their feet were sloppy in possession. Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling couldn't get their touch right and were careless in the final third - this was United's chance to upset the applecart.
Did they take it? Absolutely not. Half-time came and saw a chance for both sides to regroup, and with the less-than-impressed Pep Guardiola watching on, almost in dismay at how poor his side were in the first half, there's absolutely no doubting what the atmosphere would have been like in the away changing room at Old Trafford last night.
Whatever the Spaniard said, it worked a treat. City came out of the tunnel a different side, and it took just nine minutes for them to forge and opening. Bernardo Silva would have been disappointed with his first half performance, but can once again hold his head high thanks to a scintillating display after the break, which included a well taken goal to put his side in front.
Luke Shaw should have done better, without doubt, while part of the blame must also be given to the out-of-sorts David de Gea, who got his positioning all wrong as the ball trickled past him at the near post. The 28-year-old is struggling for form at the minute; his confidence is at an all-time low and it's starting to show. City's second, which came just twelve minutes after the first, epitomised how things are going for the Spanish shot stopper at the moment.
An invigorated City side, hungry for a second attacked United's shambolic, makeshift backline with intent. Sterling fed the substitute Leroy Sane who blasted the ball goal-wards. You'd expect de Gea to deal with it, but he doesn't and the ball finds the back on the net - 2-0 City and game over with still 25 minutes left on the clock.