The Manchester Derby is still in it’s opening stages but the traffic has been pretty much one way so far.
Indeed, the vast majority expected a tight game for Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola’s first encounter on either side of the Manchester City and Manchester United divide.
But the Citizens have simply blown away the home side. They’ve relentlessly attacked the Red Devils and that pressure paid off after 15 minutes when Kelechi Iheanacho flicked on a long punt from Claudio Bravo to Kevin De Bruyne.
The attacking midfielder, who has been the best performer so far by quite some distance, latched onto Iheanacho’s header and poked the ball around United’s last defender Daley Blind.
The Belgium international then kept a cool head to curl the ball past David De Gea for City’s opener.
Around 20 minutes later, Iheanacho extended City’ lead, reacting to a De Bruyne shot to provide a simple finish on the rebound.
But the nature of the first goal created a bit of a buzz on Twitter; after all, Guardiola is famed for his tiki-taka philosophy – in fact, it’s pretty much what got him the City job.
But a potentially crucial strike came from a simple pump up field you’d sooner expect from – dare I say it – Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers side.
After all the talk about possession based football it's a punt forward that leads to the opener. #ManchesterDerby
— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) September 10, 2016
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 10, 2016
Long ball, flick-on, attacker runs through to score… Pep's been watching Leicester… #ManchesterDerby
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) September 10, 2016
Basic route one football. If Pep Guardiola's name was Pep Guardiosmith, he'd be managing Bolton.
— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) September 10, 2016
Big build up to Manchester derby, tactics this Pep that Jose this. 1st goal to City route one hoof up the park flick on ???????????????? quality ????
— The Famous Aberdeen (@TheFamousReds) September 10, 2016
Forget your inverted wing backs and your false nines – Pep know's route one is the future of football! #ManchesterDerby
— Dan Lake (@TruePompeyDan) September 10, 2016