The Manchester Derby 2015/16: Round 1

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
The Manchester Derby 2015/16: Round 1

Just like every derby day in Manchester both sets of fans, red and blue, woke up nervous and anxious for the big match ahead. Waking up earlier than a normal match day, pulling on the shirt for your beloved club, and waiting by your tv for the whistle to blow, are all just part of the routine for lifelong fans. This match means more than just 3 points, It’s for the city both clubs take their namesake from. This match is for the city of Manchester.

For United, it was the day to take down their cross-town rivals and take over the top of the Premier League. For Manchester City, it was a chance to truly flex their muscles against a top opponent in the league. Everyone who was tuning in for a Derby to remember Sunday morning was probably rather disappointed. But don’t just assume this Derby meant nothing because the score line ended up with no goals. Both Manchester clubs were able to leave Old Trafford with positives moving forward.

Manchester United absolutely controlled the match, from start to finish, it was United’s match to win. The midfield carried the ball well up field and the wingers flew up the sides of the field giving the full backs all they could handle. Anthony Martial performed excellently on the wing including this stunning move to play a wonderful pass to teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.

One player that should be noted with a high regard is 22-year-old Jesse Lingard. Not only did he provide one of the best chances for Manchester United to win, but also proved to United fans that the guy can flat out play given the chance to prove himself. The Red Devils were unable to find a winner, but showed class and ability to control big matches. The latest chance of the game came when Chris Smalling almost won the game in a low shot that Joe Hart was able to push just wide. If Lingard’s shot had gone in, United fans would be the happiest soccer fans on the planet.

Manchester Cityhas to come holding their heads high that they marched into Old Trafford and took a point away. The match was not pretty for City, especially in the first half on the left wing; I’m looking at you Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure. Sterling was unable to make a real contribution and did not add anything to the attack while Toure looked almost bored. Manuel Pellegrini made the right choice in bringing both players off. City almost scored the winner when Nicolas Otamendi narrowly missed making contact with a cross late in the match but to be frank, that was one of City’s only real chances to win. The Citizens should be more than excited to not have given up a goal despite struggling all match. That shows that even on City’s worst defending days, they can still walk away with a clean sheet (with a little help from England number 1, Joe Hart).

So both Manchester giants have some positives to hold onto out of a tough match. But what do you all think? Who should come out of Old Trafford with their heads held high? Let us know by voting in the poll below!


I am the English Premier League Staff Writer for TST. Manchester City supporter, USMNT critic, and all round footy lover.

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