Sunday 22 April 2018

Claudio Bravo brutalised on Twitter after nightmare debut in Manchester derby

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a debut to forget
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a debut to forget

Callum Davis

Claudio Bravo endured a horrific start to life in the Premier League as Manchester City clung on for a win at Old Trafford.

The former Barcelona goalkeeper made his first start for Manchester City since arriving in a £13m move in a typically feisty Manchester derby.

Bravo was hand-picked by Pep Guardiola for his supposedly superior ball-playing skills.

The Spaniard took the decision to take the City number one shirt off of Joe Hart after questioning his footballing ability.

But the Chilean looked far from composed as he cost his side one goal and nearly gave away another.

With City two-nil up and cruising at Old Trafford, Bravo fumbled an attempt to catch a routine free-kick from Wayne Rooney enabling Zlatan Ibrahimovic to volley in from ten yards out.

Joe Hart left the club on loan after Guardiola indicated the England international would not be his first choice goalkeeper at the Etihad.

Gary Neville perfectly summed up the irony of the error in his Sky Sports commentary of the game.

"Well, you can pass the ball but can you catch it?", Neville joked.

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker joined in on the online trolling of the new goalkeeper.

Bravo's torrid afternoon went from bad to worse as Manchester United continued to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan caught Bravo once again dallying on the ball and Manchester United would have went into the half level if Ibrahimovic was able to put the ball into the open net.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper continued his nervy start to life in the Premier League when his heavy touch under little pressure forced him into a rash challenge on Wayne Rooney, which he was fortunate to avoid a red card for.

Mark Clattenburg cautioned the Chilean but many thought the challenge warranted a sending off.

Manchester United upped the pressure on the under pressure debutant, pressing the keeper every time the goalkeeper received the ball to his feet.

Joe Hart opted to move to Serie A on a season-long loan with Torino after Pep Guardiola indicted he would not be his first choice goalkeeper.

There was some speculation whether Bravo would start the game after suffering a thigh injury in training.

"It would be good if he could just get through this game, the goalkeeper. You can already see the headlines," said Neville.

Bravo almost handed Manchester United a last-minute equaliser in the dying embers of the game when he once again the fumbled a routine shot.

However Marcus Rashford was unable to squeeze the loose ball into the net as City hung on to a deserved 2-1 victory.

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