Well, I think it’s fair to say that we can all agree the best team won today. Manchester United looked way off the pace from minute one, as Jose Mourinho could only stand and watch.
The Red Devils struggled to get any sort of foothold in the match, but for some dodgy goalkeeping from Ederson which gave United a glimmer of hope, that opening didn’t last long, though…
Perhaps the worst player of all? Nemanja Matic. The midfielder was literally a bystander for the most part, as Manchester City’s midfield just ran rings around him. At times, it genuinely looked as if he wasn’t even playing, which has to be a major concern for the manager going forward.
At 30, he looks absolutely finished. Matic is slow, positionally poor and not switched on mentally. Against this City team, you cannot afford to make mistakes, he, was the root of all our problems – and that rubs off on the rest of the team.
As you’d imagine, Matic got his fair share of stick on social media and rightly so. He was borderline disgraceful throughout and perhaps the best course of action is to sit him out for a game or two.
Thoughts on the Manchester derby:
– Matić needs to be sold.
– Creative players are needed in midfield, we won't be winning the big games without Pogba.
– A proper RW/RM should be a priority alongside a CB in the transfer window.
– Buy new fullbacks. Period.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) November 11, 2018
Matić and Fellaini whilst David and Bernardo Silva are running rings around them. pic.twitter.com/o058HC9UEY
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) November 11, 2018
Matic is getting an awful lot of flak but he’s looked horrifically off the pace for months now – it’s not him who still picks himself for every minute of every game and turns a blind eye to mistakes others get exiled for. Feel sorry for the guy at this point
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) November 11, 2018
Matic stood there waiting for Christmas. Awful defending.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) November 11, 2018
Matic shows why the board were so reluctant to spend ridiculous money on 29 year olds. Absolute waste of money in the long run.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) November 11, 2018
Nemanja Matic, that is horrific defending.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 11, 2018
Matic always losing the central midfielder. Same story different week.
— Asif. (@Asif9707) November 11, 2018