Five Things Learned From The Manchester Derby

Manchester United today claimed an important Derby Day victory over their arch-rivals Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Youngster Marcus Rashford, born in Manchester, scored the only goal of the game, becoming the youngest ever scorer in this fixture in the process.

Here are five things learned from this game:

  1. City’s double injury blow will also affect England
Not a good day for the Three Lions manager, with Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart going off injured, but Roy Hodgson will at least have been encouraged by the performance of Chris Smalling, who was able to keep up with Sergio Aguero.
      2. Will Wayne Rooney be an automatic choice when he returns from injury?
Marcus Rashford has burst onto the scene over the last month, one of the most exciting England prospects since Rooney himself when he was unleashed by Everton. Rashford could rightly be aggrieved if he is forced to make way for England’s leading scorer.
       3. Will Martin Demichelis be around when Pep takes over?
The Argentine defender had an absolute shocker of a game, and it was no surprise when he was hauled off. He chose the wrong day to do an impression of a Sunday league player, but then this might be called an insult to ACTUAL Sunday league footballers.
       4. Where have City’s shooting boots gone?
It is now three games without a goal for City. That is not Champions League qualifying form. This will need to change, and fast. Or incoming boss Pep Guardiola may soon be wondering what he has signed up for.
       5. LVG may have solved a midfield dilemma
Here, he deployed Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin against City’s Yaya Toure, Fernando and David Silva. The calm assuredness of the club’s vice-captain was a perfect foil for the all-action style of the Frenchman.
By Steve Osborne             @BlizzardSteve75

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