De Bruyne comments further highlight Solskjaer's tactical confusion

Manchester United are still reeling from the embarrassment of the derby defeat.

While the scoreline ended 2-0 to City, the visitors’ dominance reflected a performance three times that figure.

United managed just one shot on target and four touches inside the City penalty box.

City star Kevin de Bruyne has been talking about City’s approach to the game and how they were confused about which tactics United would go with.

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And despite this, with little detailed preparation, they were able to scythe through United and dominate the game.

De Bruyne told Belgium’s Mid Mid podcast: “The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent play. Before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after 10 minutes of so.

“Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do. We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back. With four. A diamond in the middle. With three upfront.”

United looked hopeless and aimless

De Bruyne’s comments really highlight what an embarrassment the derby was for United.

City were so confused by United’s tactical plan they did not need to come up with anything special to try and beat the home side.

Often, keeping the opponent guessing can be a good thing. That is providing whichever plan you go with, you execute it well.

Solskjaer selected a 3-5-2 formation which was executed awfully, and it looked more like a 5-4-1.

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United conceded an own goal in the opening 10 minutes and then fell apart, were kept in the game by a string of David de Gea saves, before City scored a second.

It was an embarrassing game which will stick with us throughout the international break until United’s next match.

Coming so soon after an awful result at home to Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left clinging to his job, and De Bruyne’s comments serve to highlight what a mess United were in.

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