The most anticipated Manchester Derby in recent years finished with Manchester City victorious. The Citizens demolished their rivals in the first 40 minutes, consistently forcing United into making errors and giving the ball away.
Despite conceding and suffering a bit more pressure in the second half, City still created numerous chances to wrap the game up and will be delighted with their display.
They showed a huge amount of confidence and faith in their style to come to Old Trafford and dominate their opponents like they did.
However, after the game Mourinho acknowledged that his starting lineup didn’t work, as the Portuguese boss made two substitutions at half time in the wide positions.
It was not just the wingers who let United down, though, because as a team they were sloppy and did not seem as prepared as their noisy neighbours.
These are the three players we feel let the team down the most…
The exciting Armenian winger was one of the surprising names included in the United starting XI considering that he was injured in Armenia’s most recent international and declared a very strong doubt for the Derby.
However, the 27-year-old seemed to have been rushed back to action a bit too hastily. He was quite noticeably off the pace and not ready for a game of this stature.
He was one of the most susceptible to giving the ball away frequently, and he was not quick enough at closing down and putting pressure on the City defenders.
In United’s previous game away at Hull, the winger’s introduction had been instrumental in breaking through the Tigers’ defence as Marcus Rashford netted an injury-time winner to keep the Red Devils 100% record intact.
He didn’t have the same impact this time around though and certainly has to go down as one of those who let the team down the most because he was simply not ready for the occasion.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) September 11, 2016
The 23-year-old will be one of the first to acknowledge that Saturday was not his finest performance for Man United. Last season, in the Manchester Derby at the Etihad, Lingard played a big role in the 1-0 win but he was unable to repeat his heroics this time out.
Like Mkhitaryan on the other wing, things just did not go Lingard’s way.
The Warrington-born winger was off the pace and his first touch often saw the ball fall back to a Manchester City player or even go out of play for throw-ins and goal kicks.
Despite that, Lingard still created the best chance of the game for Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swede scuffed his shot, not realising the time he had in order to equalise.
However, the player who’s risen from the youth ranks at United was still taken off at half time and rightfully so.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying but Jesse Lingard was simply not good enough on Saturday and accepted that on Instagram, quoting #wayoffit in his most recent post.
Rooney is one of the most confusing players to judge at the moment. There is a swathe of people who want to pick him apart for his every move and every touch, whilst others continually try and support him.
However, we here at the Fancast headquarters expect a lot from the Manchester United captain and simply don’t feel he delivered the goods in the Manchester Derby.
Not only was his impact on the game quite limited, but he actually makes daft decisions and as an experienced 30-year-old, we expect better from him.
For instance, as the clock was ticking down, Rooney was putting pressure on debutant Claudio Bravo and rather than simply forcing him to clear it waywardly, the striker lunged in and made a stupid foul, completely destroying United’s momentum.
There is no denying Rooney’s desire and work rate but many of the fans in the stadium could replicate that desire too and it shouldn’t necessarily guarantee the place in the first team like it does with Rooney.
Unfortunately, despite a few good crosses here and there, Wayne just didn’t do enough, once again.