Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have referred to Pep Guardiola as ‘spineless’ in his book, but it was Aleksandar Kolarov who left Old Trafford toothless after coming off on the wrong end of a challenge from Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini is known for his aggressiveness on the field, and was in full flow during the derby, pulling, tugging and shoving Manchester City players around. In the process, he accidentally broke City defender Kolarov’s tooth.
His performance, however, was anything but toothless, as he put up a solid display to help City to a 2-1 win over cross-town rivals Manchester United in the first Manchester Derby of the season.
The match was also the first Manchester Derby for City manager Pep Guardiola and United manager Jose Mourinho.
City dominated the first half and looked set to run away with the game as United got off to a terrible start. Henrikh Mkhitaryan replaced Juan Mata in the side, but was shocking and had a full home debut to forget. Jesse Lingard also returned to the starting line up in place of Anthony Martial, but did nothing to prove he deserved to play with an anonymous performance.
Kevin De Bruyne was Manchester City’s best player and got the Citizens off to the perfect start, catching United’s defenders ball watching to coolly slot past David De Gea. It was the Belgian’s shot which then lead to City’s next goal, as his strike rebounded off the post and into the path of Kelechi Iheanacho, who finished into an empty net.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough as City saw off the game despite a dramatic improvement from United in the second half.
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