Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City: Five things we learned
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: David De Gea of Manchester United fails to make a save as Bernardo Silva of Manchester City scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on November 06, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United were comprehensively defeated at the hands of Manchester City at home in the Premier League, the visitors dominating and showing the cutting edge during the 90 minutes. Eric Bailly's early deflected own goal shot a big blow in the United ranks, with the Red Devils unable to recover as they also conceded late on through Bernardo Silva who converted from close range, the ball creeping past David De Gea on the brink of half time.

With a series of defeats but for Cristiano Ronaldo's last minute goals against Atalanta in the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have been out the door much quicker. The more Manchester United as a football club continue to lose games the pressure will continue to pile.

With calls for Zinedine Zidane to replace the ex United player from the United faithful, the Red Devils need to start winning football matches otherwise his time could be up very soon. The United board have shown their stance currently sticking with the manager but his tactics have shown no improvement especially of recent even when the team is changed up in formation from back to front.

  • The Liverpool game continues to hang over the United players

The confidence levels have shown of recent to be very low. On the ball today the United players were just not up for it intensity wise and not enough aggression was shown to break the backline of City. Although the visitors held the ball much more comfortably the contest was not taken to them forcing Solskjaer to go four at the back in the second half.

Conceding an early own goal was not the greatest start with this the message pre match by Solskjaer as he set out to go five at the back to protect De Gea's goal. Unable to get this working, this system was soon switched. With the game against Watford on the horizon, United need a win as they have Chelsea and Arsenal to come before Christmas. 

  • Aaron Wan Bissaka was culpable all game defensively

Aaron Wan Bissaka was all over the place defensively for the Red Devils. Poor all game which is an understatement, he often made the wrong decisions when balls were played through the line. The defender often lost his man throughout the game and wasn't tight enough to Phil Foden to make his mark giving him plenty of  space to work with on the right flank.

With Bailly ejected in the second half, Wan Bissaka's defensive work didn't seem to improve. Although no goals were conceded in the second period, Solskjaer has big questions surrounding his performance with the change of formation not working in the players or the managers favour to United's disappointment. 

  • Mason Greenwood's left foot needs to show consistency

Mason Greenwood can be dangerous in one on one situations but today he often fluffed his shots showing the lack of composure in tight situations. Generally he is very good and often produces a magical moment but this must be consistent to have an effect in the league and other various competitions. Cutting in from the right hand side the striker wasn't clinical in his end product.

Although it may be said that generally United as a team are disjointed and are currently showing a lack of confidence, Greenwood is young and always showing he will work hard for the team, giving 100% with his pace and aggression in facing up defenders. Lethal on his day he needs to show his quality game in game out to win United fans over.

  • Donny Van De Beek has more to give in a United shirt

The number 34 was well refreshed when on the pitch showing his work ethic in a bid to get more starts. When being brought onto the pitch he received loud cheers from United fans. With Fred underperforming in the centre of the park, Solskjaer may look to Van De Beek in changing the team before they go and take on Chelsea and Arsenal. 

With links away from United the midfielder will be looking for a better 2022 as the new year approaches. But the transfer window also looms which may enable him to get his move away from Man United in a bid to change his career for the better.

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