Derby getting more cagey
This is the third derby in which United coach Louis Van Gaal would oversee and in those 3 matches United conceded only 3 goals while City conceded 4 compared to previous derby in recent times under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes where there is usually free flowing football and great attacking threat exhibited by both teams, with high score line such as the 1-6 victory recorded by City at Old trafford, 3-0 victory at the Ethihad.
But under Van Gaal, we’ve seen City win 1-0 despite United playing with a player less and 4-2 in the reverse fixture before this 0-0 boring draw.
United must sign a top striker
Manchester United must sign a top striker in the January transfer window if they are to improve their chances of being title contenders and also progress further in Europe. Wayne Rooney looked a shadow of himself throughout the game with no meaningful contribution, his threat upfront is almost certainly gone with opposing defence now in a relaxed mood seeing the England all time leading goal scorer playing in the main striker role.
City needs Aguero back on
Sergio Aguero brings a different kind of threat to opposing defence from Bony; it is either he is running at the defence, creating chances for his other attacker or running into dangerous positions leaving the opposition defence to constantly be at alert. Raheem sterling and Wilfried Boney have so far deputised well in Aguero’s absence but they will always come out short in big games as it was evident in the derby.
United’s backline were relaxed throughout the duration of the derby as the Aguero threat was missing. He scored City’s last 3 goals against Van Gaal’s assembled United squad which is the only goals the Citizens have scored in the last 3 meeting against United with Van Gaal in charge, little wonder City could not score again on Sunday with Aguero missing.
Mata needs to sit up or sit out the
Juan Mata is looking a shadow of the player that won the last United player of the month award. Is it as a result of his none appearance against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions league? Jesse Lingard is looking to snatch his position with two impressive substitute appearance, but it will take more than just a mere impressive substitute appearance to keep the Spanish creative midfielder out of the starting line up. However, he needs to sit up or he would have to sit out the matches with another poor performance such as he put in in the Manchester derby