Manchester United hosted Manchester City within the English derby championship’s 12th round and resulted in a draw. The Sports betting world was waiting for this event, but…
The teams were never able to score during a 90-minute match. Before the final whistle, the teams couldn’t spark the game. Kevin De Bruyne made a free-kick and punched through the wall, and Fernandez gave the ball to Ederson’s hands from afar. Looks like everyone agreed to a draw. Manchester United scored 20 points, and Manchester City scored 19. They finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Fear Killed Fire: Solskjær and Guardiola in This Game
All the fans can watch live football matches online on BetSofa, and this game is not the exception. Let’s overview some moments that have determined result:
- Both coaches were most likely not to lose, so they focused on their opponents’ strengths and did not risk losing again.
- Manchester City attacked so as not to be counterattacked by the hosts with a high defensive line. In contrast, in parallel with a strong defensive block in the center of the field, Manchester United launched a large force to neutralize the guests' left flank.
- The coaches made only one replacement and did not try to rebuild the game.
- Foden should have taken Sterling’s place in the field, and De Bruyne shouldn’t perform penalty kicks in the empty areas.
All these and many other nuances created a closed tournament with minimal interesting moments that were a bit disappointing.
Final Thought and Doubts about the Match: Intentions or Accident?
Everyone was happy; nobody was upset, as the post-match comments show. However, the critical question is why the ball on the rival’s side is slow and predictable. It seems that this team has run its course, and Pep doesn’t see how to build a new powerful machine.
The championship looked unnaturally friendly. Stones and Maguire put word around each other after the match, and Pep and Carrick were discussing tactical nuances amicably. People saw gentlemen football with a minimum of falls and aggression, and the game caused no emotions or empathy. Harry Maguire was the only example of reliability, “reading” the game and “shooting” City’s bumbling passes. All this stuff seems weird since Pep claims the championship in the middle of the table and, at the same time, agrees to draw with a weaker opponent.
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