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The Derby of Zero Surprises

The Derby of Zero Surprises

Photo Caption: Bunch of twats.

Literally none. Except, perhaps, that Pogba didn't play. More on that later.

Let's break it down.

  • Unsurprisingly, Mourinho picked a midfield to prevent City from scoring
  • Unsurprisingly, this left the front three - as quick as any in the Premier League - with no creative support
  • Unsurprisingly, City started with their usual well balanced set up
  • Unsurprisingly, Guadiola showed once again that he isn't that concerned what the opposition do, confident that his lads will overcome
  • Unsurprisingly, they did that, scoring against United's massed defensive ranks inside 15 minutes with consummate ease
  • Unsurprisingly, this woke United up 
  • Unsurprisingly, it led to nothing
  • Unsurprisingly, City scored again just after half time
  • Unsurprisingly, Mourinho made changes to
  • Unsurprisingly, it got a result - Lukaku wins a pen, Martial puts it away
  • Unsurprisingly, it was too little, too late against a team like City
  • Unsurprisingly, City took control and finished us off in the 85th minute
  • Unsurprisingly, Aguero scored against us

Really, if I'd been asked to write a script for the match before kick off, that's largely what I would have predicted. Had I known Pogba would be out injured. 

But what if he'd played? It would have been very different, I have no doubt. One way or the other, the result would have been very different. 

Either the lightning quick front three would have benefited hugely from his creativity and scored a couple of goals, meaning we grabbed a point or an unlikely win...or his indiscipline would have allowed City to score even more and we'd have gone down to an embarrassingly large defeat.

Or maybe both and we'd be talking about one of the all time classic derbies. That's the trouble with Paul - you just never know.

But it's all moot. We lost to a much better side who, while not untouchable, are streets ahead of everyone else in the league.

Never forget though...Manchester is, and always will be, RED. A fact they can and will and do deny, but that they know, deep down, is utterly true. So even in victory, it's killing them inside. 

On a side note, the commemorations ahead of kick off to remember those who died in the First World War and since were very well done. So fair play for that.