Pressure is piled back on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his Manchester United team suffered a disappointing 2-0 Premier League defeat to rivals Manchester City.
An Eric Bailly own goal, followed by a Bernardo Silva strike guided City to a dominant win and extended the gap between the two sides to six points in the Premier league table.
United went into the game with just one Premier League win in their last five matches, with the solitary victory coming against fellow strugglers Tottenham last weekend.
The Red Devils almost got off to a dream start against City though Harry Maguire, but his header from a fine Luke Shaw free-kick drifted just wide of Ederson’s goal.
Just a minute later, City took the lead after a dangerous cross from full-back Joao Cancelo was clumsily put into his own net by Bailly.
United struggled to settle in the game, but almost found themselves level after Luke Shaw’s well disguised cross fell to Cristiano Ronaldo on the volley, but his speculator effort was well punched away by City’s Brazilian keeper.
City perhaps should have doubled their lead just before the half hour mark, but Gabriel Jesus’ strike from five yards was somehow kept out by David de Gea.
Pep Guardiola’s side continued to knock on the door for a second goal, with both Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne also going close.
City’s dominance continued to show and it was United defender Victor Lindelof who almost gifted them a second goal, in what would’ve been a carbon copy of the visitors opener – but this time, the feet of United’s Spanish stopper came to the Red Devils’ rescue.
But even de Gea couldn’t stop City from going into the half-time break 2-0 up, after a fine cross from Cancelo was met by Silva, who’s toe poke at the back post somehow found its way in.
Solskjaer changed formation at half time in a bid to get back into the game, with struggling winger Jadon Sancho coming on for Lindelof.
The change in tactics helped United get a stronger foothold in the match, however they were unable to find a way through the resolute City defence, who showed their quality to keep the ball when pressure began to build.
United’s day went from back to worse when left-back Shaw was forced off with head injury following a clash with Rodri. He was replaced by Brazil international Alex Telles.
The arrival of forgotten manDonny van de Beek received the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the Old Trafford faithful, was given a chance to impress after only featuring in one Premier League game all season before the cameo.
City almost added a third late on, but Phil Foden’s left-footed strike scraped the outside of the post before drifting wide.
There was still enough time for John Stones to almost make it three after he was quickest to react at a corner, but his shot on the swivel fell just wide.
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