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Guardiola draws first blood in Manchester derby

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Guardiola draws first blood in Manchester derby


Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City laid down an early marker with a deserved 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s United in the Manchester derby on Saturday.

An excellent Kevin de Bruyne got City in front after just 15 minutes.

City continued to put United in their place at Old Trafford and nine minutes before half-time doubled their lead through Kelechi Iheanacho.

United pulled one back on 42 minutes when Zlatan Ibrahimovic side-swiped the ball past debutant keeper Claudio Bravo, but the Red Devils failed to capitalize from a much better second-half performance as City held on to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the season.

It takes Guardiola’s head-to-head record against Mourinho (also covering their time in Spain) to eight wins, six draws and three defeats.

Although United produced a better display in the second half overall is was an unimpressive outing on home soil and their 89.3 million pound record signing Paul Pogba was anonymous on the day and his hunt to register a goal or an assist in his second stint at the club goes on.


After the match Guardiola gave his full support to his new keeper Bravo, who flattered to deceive on his debut, while for Mourinho it was just a very disappointing day at the office.

Guardiola: “He (Bravo) was amazing with the feet and the saves and going to attack the ball, I am happy for him. It’s not easy for him after two training sessions to come in here at Old Trafford and play with that personality, that means a lot. In front we need more, we need more in front so until now in the Premier League it’s ok but to compete against the best clubs in Europe at the moment, in the way we’re playing we are not able to compete with them but it’s just two months together so we have time to get better.”

Mourinho: “Disappointed with the first half, disappointed with some really poor individual performances that affected the overall performance of the team and in the second half very pleased with many things, disappointed with the result and disappointed with two very important decisions from Mark (referee Clattenberg) that were against us.”

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