On Saturday at Old Trafford, Manchester United slumped to a fourth defeat of the Premier League season, by going down 2-0 against Manchester City as their rivals.
Both goals came in the first half, with defender Eric Bailly scoring an own goal before Bernardo Silva turning in a cross on the stroke of halftime, putting even more pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
City now sits in second place in the league table, while United, which has only won one of its last six Premier League games, is in fifth place.
“They played well, of course, they don’t give you opportunities to win the ball off them, so some praise has got to go to them,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“But we were not at our level and standards need to be raised.”
After just seven minutes, City took the lead when Bailly deflected a cross from Joao Cancelo into the United goal.
The home side’s best chance to equalise came on 26 minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful volley was saved by Ederson, but City dominated the first half, with Gabriel Jesus and Cancelo both having strong shots saved by de Gea.
But, just before halftime, United’s goalkeeper couldn’t keep out Bernardo Silva’s poked effort from Cancelo’s cross, and City doubled its lead.
In the second half, United introduced Jadon Sancho into a game that started out more evenly than the first.
City’s lead, on the other hand, never looked in jeopardy as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession.
In the final 10 minutes, both Phil Foden and John Stones had chances to add a third goal, but the score remained 2-0 at the end.
“I think we had the game of our lives today,” Foden told Sky Sports. “Everything just went right — a lot of possession and a lot of chances. We dominated from start to finish, which is obviously really good.”
United’s latest league defeat comes two weeks after a humiliating 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool, which was followed by a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and a 2-2 Champions League draw with Atalanta.
“I have good communication all the time with the club that’s very upfront and honest about the situation,” he added.
“I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United and of course as long as I’m here, I want to do what I can to improve this.”