Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his team’s effort in all areas of the pitch after the 2-1 win over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
City dominated the first half, and took the lead through Kevin De Bruyne in the 15th minute. The Belgian international showed his class throughout the game, and stood for a really cool finish as he came one on one with David De Gea. Kelechi Iheanacho provided the assist on De Bruyne’s goal with a flick on header, and the Nigerian made it 2-0 in the 36th minute after pouncing on a rebound after De Bruyne had a shot go off the post.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for United shortly before halftime, but City held out in the second half to grab the three points and stay perfect. City sits at the top of the Premier League standings with four wins in four games. Guardiola thought his side played a very good game, especially in the opening 45 minutes.
“The first half was really good,” Guardiola told the club’s official website. “The last minute was a fantastic goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“In the second half, we knew they would change the system – they put Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini more in front and they were much stronger.
“The second half was an open game. We had many counter-attacks. When you have three on three, four on four, five on five, you have to take advantage because in the last minutes, anything can happen.
“We played good. We had the ball and when we lost it, we won it back quickly. We created enough chances.
“You cannot come to Old Trafford and dominate. It’s impossible.”