Manchester United were blown away by Manchester City in a match which showed the gulf in class between the two sides.
After taking the lead through a sensational Bernardo Silva strike, Pep Guardiola’s side smelt blood.
Riyad Mahrez scored a second before an Andreas Pereira own goal sucked the life and noise out of the Old Trafford faithful.
The visitors missed chances to extend their lead with Raheem Sterling in particular wasteful as his wait to break his duck against us continued.
But there were periods where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were chasing shadows.
Marcus Rashford, who was captaining the side gave United a glimmer of hope in the tie with a clinical finish after being put through on goal by Mason Greenwood.
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The Swede may have bypassed the City midfield with some smart passes, but he looked lost defensively without his regular partner Harry Maguire.
With the world’s most expensive defender not recovering in time after getting injured against Wolves, Lindelöf needed to step up and lead United’s defence.
But the commanding calming presence didn’t materialise instead he gave the ball away in dangerous areas and panicked every time a City player ran at him.
For City’s second goal he was caught too flat footed as Silva’s through ball left him scrambling and sliding in a desperate attempt to get the ball away from danger.
This all came after he failed to clear his lines with any conviction, but his recovery run back into position was lazy and he was punished.
With Guardiola opting to select a side without a natural striker, Lindelöf didn’t look comfortable with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Sterling and Silva interchanging positions.
If it wasn’t for United’s centre back woes, Jones wouldn’t have started this game, but Solskjaer wasn’t really left with any other choice.
United’s number 4 could be having a great game, but you just know he can have a moment that costs you dearly.
City allowed Jones to have possession because they knew he would be tentative and end up turning backwards to De Gea.
Kevin de Bruyne knew that Jones would recklessly dive in and commit himself and the Belgian left him on his backside.
With everyone fit and available it is hard to see Jones getting any action and if United are to sanction the permanent sale of Chris Smalling, Jones should be following his former centre back partner out the club.
Jones won’t be shy of offers if he decides to leave Old Trafford, but he looks out of his depth at this level.
Solskjaer is doing everything in his power to try and revitalise Lingard, but surely enough is enough.
The only other solution the Norwegian could try is giving United’s number 14 a break from the game.
It just seems when Lingard is on the pitch his mind is elsewhere and that reflects in the performance he produces.
His reckless yellow card on Fernandinho came due to him failing to control a routine pass.
Playing in the attacking number 10 role, Lingard had just 23 touches before being hauled off at half-time.
Similar to Phil Jones, Lingard isn’t good enough and for the level United are aspiring to get back to, which is Liverpool and City, Lingard wouldn’t get anywhere near their squads.
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