Manchester United praised for discipline by former player as they draw to rivals Man City December 13, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Manchester United showed good discipline as they held noisy neighbours Manchester City to 0-0 draw in one of the most mundane derbies you’re likely to see this season.
The Red Devils stifled the creativity of City effectively, even if the away side were a long way off their best.
However, this performance only led to questions from talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface and Paul Parker as to why they couldn’t play like that at RB Leipzig.
A poor defensive display by United saw them exit the Champions League as they conceded three times in a match they only needed a draw from.
Matterface raised this idea of why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men couldn’t show this discipline on Tuesday to Parker during talkSPORT’s live commentary at Old Trafford.
Parker replied: “Sometimes you learn from your mistakes… even Paul Pogba’s been disciplined. He’s held his position on the left hand side, he’s not been all over the place on other occasions.”
City dominated possession but United could even have won it as they were awarded a penalty at the beginning of the second half following a clash of feet between Marcus Rashford and Kyle Walker.
But VAR came to City’s rescue as replays showed Rashford was offside in the build-up. It would have been harsh for City to lose as they looked slightly more threatening but neither side did enough to win.
The best clear-cut chance fell to Pep Guardiola’s side as a rapid counter-attack saw Riyad Mahrez have a clear shot at goal but David de Gea stood tall and blocked the effort – Kevin De Bruyne firing over on the rebound.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus put the ball over on the half volley as he got on the end of Mahrez’s searching ball.