Kevin De Bruyne was handled well
The big money signing was expected to be the main man, at least for this game but the Belgian was shackled incredibly well by Marcos Rojo. The Argentine did not give De Bruyne any space or time at all and completely took him out of the game, probably this was Rojo’s best performance this season for Manchester United and was a reminder to De Bruyne that he needs to step up if he is to have as many commanding performances for Manchester City as he did for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.
City miss their firepower
Manchester City might have started with Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony but the duo hardly made a dent into the Manchester United defence. City were without their awesome attacking duo of Sergio Aguero and David Silva and it showed in their final output today. The fine finishing skills and brilliant movement from the two was missed a lot today and City will be expecting a quick return from the pair.
A decent result for both teams
While neither team got the upper hand in the game, they should not be disappointed with the result. City went back to the top of the league while United stay just a couple of points behind the leaders. The most important thing for either team was not to lose the game and the players knew that as well. There weren’t a lot of tough tackles or blood and thunder style of attacks, the teams didn’t want to lose and they made sure of that.