Well, how enthralling was that? The Manchester derby was an end-to-end slugfest that, for a change, did warrant the pre-match hype and it produced plenty of talking points.
It was Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that retained their 100 per cent record at Old Trafford, beating Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United 2-1.
As is customary from these big matches, the game was trending on Twitter for much of Saturday morning and throughout the 90 mins. Here’s the best of the reaction from the social media sphere:
It was a fast start, with the Citizens dominating. Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne were particularly prominent, with the former tormenting Luke Shaw:
Sterling is giving Shaw a torrid time
— Hernandez. (@InceHernandez) September 10, 2016
Blistering start from City, Sterling giving Shaw the run around already
— raman (@RamanLalli_) September 10, 2016
Then the latter gave the visitors the lead, nicking the ball in front of Daley Blind and slotting into the corner. He was the best player on the pitch throughout the game:
Kevin De Bruyne has been involved in 19 goals in 29 Premier League games for Manchester City.
Well deserved goal. pic.twitter.com/MzXH1o8YPi
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 10, 2016
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) September 10, 2016
— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) September 10, 2016
Pep Guardiola showed some Harlem Globetrotters moves to stop a Wayne Rooney quick throw:
— 8 Troll Football (@8TrollFootball) September 10, 2016
After Kelechi Iheanacho doubled the Citizens’ lead the big talking point of the half arrived. Claudio Bravo, on debut, spilled a cross from Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed home. Joe Hart references weren’t far behind:
— Jake Ward (@helloimjakeward) September 10, 2016
Can see Caballero coming on for the second half. #ManchesterDerby
— The Mad One (@FPLMad) September 10, 2016
— Danny smith (@doglab) September 10, 2016
Citys keeper is from Barcelona, he’s probably never had to face a shot let alone a cross before..#ManchesterDerby
— Scott (@scottlley) September 10, 2016
Despite going in at the break just one goal in arrears, Wayne Rooney was not impressing:
The only person Wayne Rooney took the ball off in this game is Guardiola. I’m screaming. 😭
— Simon (@lmaosimon) September 10, 2016
Wayne Rooney is the corporate executive who gets an eight figure bonus for bankrupting his company.
— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) September 10, 2016
— Akshay Jumani (@aj11094) September 10, 2016
Both Bravo and Rooney clashed in the second half as United pushed for an equaliser. Neither was enjoying the derby much:
— Josh A (@thejoshairy) September 10, 2016
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 10, 2016
As United pushed, City countered, but the score ended 2-1 in favour of Guardiola’s side. At the final whistle many were left catching their breath:
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) September 10, 2016
That’s it, City win 2-1! WHAT A GAME! This guy…🔥 pic.twitter.com/05N9qT2ifA
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) September 10, 2016
Few matches that receive so much hype end up delivering. That one did. What a game! #ManchesterDerby
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) September 10, 2016
What a game this has been. A classic.
— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) September 10, 2016
Ha ha what a game, chaos. Welcome to our world Pep
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) September 10, 2016
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.