How Manchester City's Threat Was Nullified - 'Midfield Deserves Credit'

Manchester City ended their 22-game unbeaten run at the hands of their neighbours.

A Bruno Fernandes penalty and Luke Shaw’s clever strike handed Manchester United an ecstatic win at the Etihad.

Ole Gunna Solskjaer got his tactics right against a high-flying City team, who were just washing teams out of the pitch prior to Sunday’s encounter. Paul Scholes outlined what United did well to stop their rivals.

“A big thing was getting the midfield right against Manchester City,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “I think they did that, Fred and McTominay had a big job, but you could see how tight and compact they were, there was no space for City in there.

“Fred and McTominay won the ball and managed to break as well. It worked perfectly.

“City’s best players are obviously De Bruyne and Gundogan, so if you stop them you go a long way to stopping City. You have to say they didn’t really have an influence on the game. They knew they had to keep compact, keep the middle area tight and the plan worked perfectly.”

This loss was hardly much of a threat for City’s title push, seeing how they are still 11 points ahead of United.

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