Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola resumed their rivalry, this time in the English Premier League. The first Manchester derby of the season resulted in a well-deserved victory for the blue half of Manchester. Here are five things we learnt from the Manchester derby.
1) Hart-less Pep?
Much text has been spent on Joe Hart’s loan move to Torino FC. The man to replace him as Manchester City’s number one, Claudio Bravo, was flung into the far end.
Bravo ended up having a forgetful night, with multiple lapses and was one of the few blemishes on a brilliant City performance. He was duly punished by Zlatan when a Wayne Rooney free kick wasn’t cleared particularly well. The ball fell to Zlatan who expectedly deposited it at the back of the net.
Bravo looked highly uncomfortable on the ball, but one needs to consider his situation. It can’t be fun making your debut in front of the Stretford End, and it surely isn’t comfortable being the target of a six and a half feet hulk.
Bravo will be expected to improve. But as of now, questions will be raised, was Hart’s exile really necessary?