This match some exciting moments but it did not live up expectations. Both teams had their chances but could not capitalize to pick up the vital three points. Here are my thoughts on the lackluster Manchester Derby.
Both teams had their chances but they could not score not mention both goalies were on top of their game. This game was more like chess as neither team want to get exposed and take a loss due to the magnitude of this game. Even the atmosphere was dull for such a massive match because the fans are always vocal but this time was not the case.
Manchester City absolutely dominated the game from start to finish. However, they couldn’t capitalize Sergio Aguero had numerous chances but could not finish. Here are the stats from the game to indicate that the Manchester City controlled the Manchester Derby.
69% to 31% ball possession for City
19 shots to three for City
Six shots on target to 1 for City
Seven to four corners for City
The lasting image of the Manchester Derby was when Marouane Fellaini got a yellow card then literally one minute after he got a red card. Fellaini got in the face of Sergio Aguero and he delivered a headbutt. This made no logical sense to do act like that so late in the game. His overreaction could have cost his club points lucky it was not costly because it ended in a goalless draw. Gabriel Jesus returned from his injury he was able to score in the 91st minute but it was ruled offside so it didn’t count.
A draw was a very disappointing result for both Manchester teams. Manchester City remains in the fourth position with 65 points and one point ahead of Manchester United. Both these teams still have chances to finish in the top four spot. Each of the teams in Manchester has one less match played than third-place Liverpool, who have 66 points. The race for the top four spots in the Premier League will be very entertaining.
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