Manchester City put the pressure back on Manchester United’s struggling manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they cruised to 2-0 victory with almost embarrassing ease at Old Trafford.
City’s win may not have been as emphatic as Liverpool’s magnificent 5-0 victory here in United’s last home league game but the gulf between the sides was certainly as wide.
Solskjaer and United got off to the worst possible start when Eric Bailly turned Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net after seven minutes and it was only the brilliance of keeper David de Gea that somehow kept City at bay until the final seconds of the first half.
De Gea produced a string of brilliant saves, denying Cancelo twice as well as Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne, plus even saving from his own defender Victor Lindelof.
However, Bernardo Silva took advantage of awful defending from Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw to steal in on another Cancelo cross at the far post.United’s only response was a volley from the subdued Cristiano Ronaldo.
The second half was merely a formality as City moved down the gears but still looked more likely to score in what was another chastening afternoon for Manchester United and their manager.
Solskjær has also had time to open up on his future with at the club. “I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest. I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. As long as I am here I want to improve this.”
However, the manager has admitted to the club playing style being poor at the moment. “At the moment we are far off the top teams. The demands on me and the players are going to be high and we have to get back to what we started to look like. We have the players to do that.”