Pep Guardiola can not keep in mind a much bigger mismatch in opposition to a Premier League rival than the derby victory on Saturday.
Throughout his six years in English soccer, Manchester City have smashed Liverpool 5-0 and 4-1, put 5 past Arsenal and hit Chelsea for six throughout a vastly profitable interval.
Regardless of ending a mean of 17 factors away from United within the desk although, Guardiola has had a lower than stellar file in opposition to United; he had received none of his final 4 league games in opposition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the reason that 2019/20 season. And in 11 conferences since 2016 none of their 5 victories have been by greater than a two-goal margin.
The most recent of these got here on Saturday at old Trafford when Bernardo Silva added to an Eric Bailly personal goals and for a 2-0 victory, however the scoreline barely mirrored the management that City had.
The 753 passes racked up by the guests was greater than a woefully passive United have conceded since such stats began being recorded in 2003, whereas United’s 4 touches within the penalty field was one other all-time worst within the league; with David de Gea pressured to react when Victor Lindelof turned the ball in direction of him. United truly had extra pictures on the right track in opposition to their very own goalkeeper than they did Ederson.
Guardiola was eager to not be too harsh on his beleaguered counterpart Solskjaer after the match, starting his response to 1 query about United with ‘let me be mild’.
He did, however, attain the conclusion that his aspect have by no means dominated a rival so completely earlier than in a verdict that’s as damning for United as it’s constructive for City.
“Possibly this was the game that we dominated for probably the most time,” he mentioned.
“Aside from 10 minutes of the second half, the opposite 80 minutes have been completely beneath management. There have been different games, like the game after we may very well be champions on the Etihad [in 2018] after we have been 2-0 up at half-time and after we misplaced 3-2. Within the first half it might have been 4 or 5 however we misplaced 3-2. So, the second half we weren’t good.
“In some games we’re good however not for so long as at this time, it’s a recreation we managed extra particularly. We all know one another higher, we all know the opponent higher.
“We want the ball to play good and want when we do not have it, to get better it and play and play and play and play and play and play. “It isn’t that you simply assault faster and you’ll rating extra goals, you need to arrive in the best tempo. I like us arriving to the containers, not being within the containers.
“The best way we play a whole lot of passes we’re nonetheless ready for Phil [Foden] to reach and [Ilkay] Gundogan and Kevin [De Bruyne] and Gaby [Jesus] and Bernardo [Silva]. Arriving from behind is one of the best ways to shock the opponent and at this time we did it.”