Another United game and another loss. So what’s new? Its not surprising at all, and Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane were the players that won the game for the visitors. This was our third straight loss with no goals scored. This was our seventh loss in our last nine games. United actually got off to a good start, and played at a high tempo.
Paul Pogba’s pass over the top of City’s midfield saw Jesse Lingard volley his effort wide of the post. Also Marcus Rashford received the ball through a counter-attack and City’s goalie Ederson was able to get to the ball before Rashford. The young English striker also had a long-distance effort from 40 yards that went over the bar. Then just before the interval, David Silva and Sergio Aguero combined with Raheem Sterling who zipped past three defenders in the box, but the English striker was unable to beat David De Gea in goal from 8 yards away. Fernandinho was replaced as he limped off, and Leroy Sane came on for him.
City would open the scoring in the second-half. Ilkay Gundogan passed to Bernardo Silva on the right side, and ran at Luke Shaw and slammed a low shot near post past De Gea in the 54th minute. It was his 13th goal of the season. Aguero hit the outside of the post at one end, and Lingard completely missed a chip across City’s area at the other. Pogba also drilled a free kick straight into the wall and his follow-up effort was blocked too.
City iced the game when Sane made it 2-0 in the 66th minute. The German international hit a low drive at the near post past De Gea who tried to save the shot with his right leg. Ole brought on Romelu Lukaku for Andreas Pareira. A short time later Lukaku forced a save from Ederson. Seven minutes from time Alexis Sanchez came on for Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial replaced Jesse Lingard. But all of that meant nothing in the end as City had already won the game.
Our next match is against Chelsea on Sunday and I don’t feel confident against them either. Chelsea has a slightly better record than us in total matches played in all competitions. They are usually a team that we have a difficult time beating whether its home or away.
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