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Thursday 24 May 2018

Pep Guardiola wins battle of the bosses as City top United in Manchester derby

Pep Guardiola (right) and Jose Mourinho
Pep Guardiola (right) and Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City held on for derby victory as Jose Mourinho suffered his first loss as Manchester United manager.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho gave the visitors a deserved lead, only for debutant Claudio Bravo to gift United a chance after flapping at a free-kick as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored.

The City goalkeeper continued to struggle and United may argue should have been sent off for a lunge at Wayne Rooney, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved played on and Guardiola's side held on for a 2-1 win.


"Breaking News: Joe Hart's loan to Torino to be cut short!" - former England striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) was not impressed by the performance of City's new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.


Kevin De Bruyne: So impressive under predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, the Belgium playmaker looks set to flourish under Guardiola. Dictating the tempo and threatening with regularity, he coolly opened the scoring before hitting the post as Iheanacho tapped home. De Bruyne continued to threaten late on, hitting the post again from an acute angle.


Claudio Bravo's lack of composure on his Manchester City debut almost cost his side victory at Old Trafford. Things had looked straightforward until the 42nd minute, when failing to catch Rooney's free-kick saw him lose his cool and clean sheet. Bravo's struggles continued as he overplayed things on his first appearance - one he was perhaps lucky to end on the field after lunging at Rooney.


After months of build-up to the renewal of Guardiola and Jose Mourinho's rivalry, it was a relief to see both managers go for it rather than shut up shop. It led to a pulsating, entertaining battle that encapsulated those inside Old Trafford and the hundreds of millions watching around the world.



David De Gea: 7

Antonio Valencia: 6

Eric Bailly: 6

Daley Blind: 5

Luke Shaw: 6

Marouane Fellaini: 6

Paul Pogba: 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 5

Wayne Rooney: 6

Jesse Lingard: 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 7


Marcus Rashford: 7

Ander Herrera: 6

Anthony Martial: 6

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo: 4

Bacary Sagna: 6

John Stones: 7

Nicolas Otamendi: 7

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Kevin De Bruyne: 9

Fernandinho: 7

David Silva: 7

Raheem Sterling: 6

Nolito: 7

Kelechi Iheanacho: 7


Fernando: 6

Leroy Sane: 6

Pablo Zabaleta: 6


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