The 2022/22 Premier League season is underway once again after an eventful international break. Many of the league games were postponed because of the Queen’s passing a few weeks ago. And when it returned today, it did not disappoint. Manchester United went to the Etihad to play their noisy neighbors Manchester City.
Although City have been the more successful side, winning more trophies, they have struggled against Man Utd at times. This time around, they looked the favorites with the star striker Erling Haaland up front.
Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United 🥴 pic.twitter.com/89g5M6YVSb
— GOAL (@goal) October 2, 2022
As we all expected, United went into the game as the inferiors. Their defensive mistakes cost them today as they lost 6-3 to their fiercest rivals. Both Haaland and Phil Foden bagged themselves a hat trick. We can say City were too much for United, but the truth is that United lacked the awareness, hunger and confidence that the defending champions displayed.
United bottled this game in first half, only if they played equally it could’ve been a different game.
— Dewale (@dewaledew) October 2, 2022
Before today’s defeat, United were on a roll with 4 games won consecutively. Fans were expecting a huge result from the big Manchester Derby. However, it seems like they have turned their backs on Man Utd after the lackluster performance. One fan tweeted, “United bottled this game in first half, only if they played equally it could’ve been a different game.”
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored a hat trick for Man City against Manchester United
The game was evenly matched in the midfield areas. But the playmaking area was where City made the difference count. Both their young boys in Foden and Haaland were on point today with every pass. As the fan said, United came back into the game too late. They only got on the scoresheet through Antony in the 56th minute when they were already 4-0 down.
Just before they could go for a second, Pep Guardiola’s men managed to put up 2 more goals from Foden and Haaland. It was after that when United’s substitute Anthony Martial scored a brace.
Every single Manchester United player on that pitch have let us down. Shambolic.
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) October 2, 2022
As the club seems to be in turmoil, some of the fans have claimed that United deserve this result. A Twitter user tweeted, “Manchester United fans deserve this humbling. Not because Ronaldo should be starting but because they’ve been disrespecting him non stop and they were acting like they’re winning trophies with him on the bench.”
Manchester United fans deserve this humbling.
Not because Ronaldo should be starting but because they’ve been disrespecting him non stop and they were acting like they’re winning trophies with him on the bench.
— Mu. (@FutbolMuu) October 2, 2022
For context, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t started the game for the club for a while now. The last time he did so was when they lost 4-0 away to Brentford in the league. Since then, one of the GOATs has been on the bench and many of the fans have claimed its for the better.
It seems like Erik ten Hag might try a new approach with his team and Ronaldo since the current method is not working. However, the real question is if Man Utd can turn their season around and challenge for the title, or the top 4 at least.