Erik ten Hag‘s first Manchester derby will be one the Dutchman remembers for all the wrong reasons.
Just like the torrid and chastening afternoon at the Brentford Community Stadium, Manchester United were 4-0 down at half time for the second time this season, and we’re only in October.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens ran out 6-3 winners at the Etihad Stadium.
Here are five things we learned from Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United.
Five things we learned from Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United
Diogo Dalot yellow card set the tone
United’s in-form Portuguese right-back got a booking inside the first minute after pulling down Jack Grealish.
The booking from referee Michael Oliver may have been a tad harsh, but United never recovered and seemingly retreated from the early blow.
Raphael Varane injury concern
The World Cup winner was down after rolling his ankle after blocking a powerful shot, and the Frenchman had a grimacing look on his face from there on out.
When Erling Haaland scored his second goal the former Real Madrid didn’t look to have the mobility to deal with Kevin De Bruyne’s sumptuous cross.
When Varane was off being treated the Norwegian scored from a corner.
After being replaced by Victor Lindelof, Ten Hag will be hoping that the injury our number 19 has sustained isn’t serious.
Men against boys when trying to complete with Erling Haaland
Lisandro Martinez managed to keep the former Borussia Dortmund superstar quiet in last season’s Champions League when Ten Hag’s Ajax beat Haaland’s former side side 4-0.
But the Red Devils couldn’t get anywhere near the phenomenon and his breath-taking performance showed what Manchester United so badly need – a devastating all-round vocal point.
With Varane off receiving treatment, Christian Eriksen was tasked with marking the towering striker from a corner and that didn’t go well whatsoever.
Antony scores screamer
Trailing 4-0 at half-time and with the result all but assured, Ten Hag would have wanted his Manchester United side to show some pride in the second half.
After scoring on his Manchester United debut against Arsenal, Antony reduced the deficit by scoring from range with a stunning effort past his compatriot Ederson.
Penny for Cristiano Ronaldo’s thoughts
With Marcus Rashford deemed fit enough to start, the 37-year-old dropped to the bench after starting back-to-back games under Ten Hag for the first time.
But it seems that the five-time Ballon d’Or may only start games this season either in Europe, or in the domestic cup competitions.
Despite not featuring since coming on at half-time against Liverpool in late August, Anthony Martial came on in place of the former Juventus man and grabbed a brace.