Manchester United fans may have been hosting the first local derby of the season, but it was Manchester City who dominated at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table by 11 points thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Red Devils.
United manager Jose Mourinho selected a bold lineup by fielding Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
The trio were set up as support for Romelu Lukaku with the intention of causing trouble for City on the counter-attack.
In reality, the team struggled to impose any sort of threat against the blue half of Manchester, who dominated the encounter and should have taken all three points with a bigger goal margin.
Mourinho has often been accused of ‘parking the bus’ in big matches in an attempt to stifle the opposition.
The Portuguese coach’s gameplan did not work today, and some fans have placed the blame at the manager’s door.
Everyone is bashing Lukaku and no one criticizing Mourinho's tactics in every Big game. Can you imagine Fergie "Parking the Bus" against Mancity at Home? This is just unacceptable. #MUFC
— Usama Bukhari (@azam_usama) December 10, 2017
Give me unlimited funds and I could build a team capable of winning the PL in December.
That's still doesn't mean Mourinho is the right man for Utd#MUFC
— Portuguese Pulis's Deadwood FC (@whentheseaguIIs) December 10, 2017
Mourinho is the one who should get criticized after this match. Walker played 90 minuted with a yellow card, and he got challenged maybe 3 times. Lingard, our biggest threat was taken off, instead of out-of-form Lukaku. AND ATTACK, FOR GODS SAKE! ATTACK! #mufc @FullTimeDEVILS
— Chris (@chris_jks) December 10, 2017
That kind of football isn't gonna help Mourinho at Manchester. Why tinker with the team when we were doing better with a back-3? & undoubtedly, Valencia & Young are actually attackers, y not use them as such?? We are still in search of that stability and #MUFC attitude. #MUNMCI
— SattwikD (@RF_MUFC) December 10, 2017
Mourinho has to go. He's past it. We need a YOUNG, EAGER, and PASSIONATE manager who can get us back to glory.
— RYAN WHITE #MUFC🔥🔥 (@LiciousRyan1) December 10, 2017
Jose Mourinho has a huge amount to answer for. His tactics today were insanely dumb. Win 2 games with 3 (5) at the back, then against best team in the league, play a back 4. Moronic management. Hope he admits he got it wrong. #MUFC
— Joe Sillett (@JoeSillett) December 10, 2017
— manchester is red 4ever (@3law__20) December 10, 2017
How he arrived at taking lingard off and leaving that useless lump on up front is beyond me…#Mourinho can’t do it in the big games and it’s been proven time and time again and neither can 99% of our players! #mufc
— luke steventon (@Lukeds86) December 10, 2017
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