A lifeless Manchester derby

MUFC_MCFCThere was blood, then a crossbar, but no winner in the Manchester derby earlier today, as both United and City assassinated the beautiful game in a very disappointing stalemate draw. United looked lifeless in the first half, but City as well did not go on to capitalize as De Gea had barely a save to make, and while United seemed to up a gear in the second one, still they created only to clear chances without scoring, with first Lingard finding the crossbar on his way following a brilliant pass from Martial, then Hart saving from Smalling’s attempt to keep the scoreline at 0-0. Yet, City can be considered as winners to some extent, as they had clearly prepared themselves to come and take a point from Old Trafford, which they did, and of course with this draw reclaimed their top-spot in the table with a better goal difference than Arsenal. United for their part were a big disappointment, as this City side was clearly one which could be defeated today, but with the exception of Martial and Valencia, all the others were clearly well below par, and it looks like apart from learning how to keep passing the ball in training, they have not worked on the other requirements of football yet, which include shooting, one-touch football, change of formation when required to upset the opponent etc… May be also time to put Rooney on the bench and try with some young players upfront, first by putting Martial back to his No. 9 position, then getting in players like Perreira and Wilson in to try rejuvenate the attacking front.