Erling Haaland’s penalty provided the only difference between the teams at halftime, but City later displayed their prowess, securing a resounding 3-0 victory.
“Manchester United seemed unsure of their game plan; it was a real footballing lesson,” concluded Micah Richards.
Even the scoreline, one-sided as it was, seemed too kind to United.
“The first half was competitive. “However, the second half turned chaotic, and United simply disappeared.”
Rasmus Hojlund’s substitution in the second half was met with widespread boos from the Old Trafford crowd, shedding a harsh light on Erik ten Hag’s choices, including the halftime replacement of Sofyan Amrabat with Mason Mount.
“It wasn’t a great day for his substitutions. “They were outstanding last season, but today, they seemed to weaken the team.”