Manchester United did Liverpool a huge favour as they beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad last night. After beating Tottenham at Old Trafford, there was a renewed sense of belief about the Red Devils doing the same against the Citizens
City, meanwhile, can kiss their title defence goodbye as they are currently placed 14 points behind the Reds at this point. With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned from the game.
3. City are paying for their arrogance
Manchester City had to work really hard to win the league last season as Liverpool ended with just one point less than them. Both first-choice defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte had a relatively injury-free campaign as the pair just missed four matches combined due to injuries.
Even then, City had both Vincent Kompany and Nicholas Otamendi to cover for them. With the Belgian gone this summer, Pep Guardiola chose not to replace him, perhaps thinking that playing a midfielder in defence would suffice (like he did so many times at Barca).
However, his arrogance has backfired as City have looked vulnerable defensively so far this season.
2. United unbeaten against top five
Manchester United may have not had the best start to the season but their performances against the top five sides of last season have been extraordinary. The Red Devils have played against all the sides in the league that finished in the top five last season.
And have not one loss to show for. They have won three of those matches and drawn two, conceding only twice and scoring 10 goals in the process. Truly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might just be the most, as the kids say these days, the clutch manager in the world right now.
1. Only CL to play for
With the loss to United, City have essentially lost the league as scaling 14 points is going to be too much of a hard task, especially considering the fact that they have problems in defence.
As a result, the wise thing for them to focus on now would be the Champions League. Ever since City became oil-rich, their main goal has been to dominate Europe and that can only happen if the Champions League is won.
They have won the league numerous times, so it is now time for Guardiola to focus on the Champions League.