Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has explained how he outclassed Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s tactics on Sunday at Etihad.
Man City gave Manchester United a footballing lesson when they thrashed their local rivals 4-1 to remain at the top of the Premier League table.
Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring early in the game but Jadon Sancho scored the equaliser with a beautiful curl. Midway through the first half, the Belgian restored Man City’s lead from a close-range, thanks to Manchester United’s shambolic defending.
While many Man United fans were expecting United to go all out on Manchester City to force for the equaliser after the interval, the opposite would rather be the case.
City continued their dominance, which was horrifying to watch as a Manchester United fan. As a result, Ralf Rangnick decided to add more energy to the team, hence why he brought in the likes of Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.
A tactical move that showed the German boss was fed up with his side’s inability to pose as threats and wanted Man United to be more aggressive.
Unfortunately for Rangnick, Pep Guardiola saw that coming and instructed his players to create more space, especially behind United’s defensive midfielders Fred and Scott McTominay.
A tactical tweak that helped them create several big chances including Riyad Mahrez’s brace late in the game.
Guardiola told BBC: “Ralf [Rangnick] tried to change the mentality for Manchester United to be more aggressive but we made space, especially in the second half, to play behind [Scott] McTominay and Fred.”
Ralf Rangnick said after the final whistle: “We are fully aware we need to win games. This is one of the most difficult. It is accepting they were the better team today.
“But we look ahead to the next games and we need to win the next two home games – they are essential to us.
“In the second half it did [show a gap between Manchester United and Man City] but the first half was a competitive game.
“Everyone knows how good they are. They are one of the top teams in the world and there is a gap between the two clubs right now.”