Manchester United waltz to another defeat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued to resemble the captain of a sinking ship as Manchester City put on a masterclass to beat their city-rivals 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Goals in the first half, courtesy of Eric Bailly turning into his own net and Bernardo Silva toe-poking past David De Gea, proved decisive, and the second half petered out into a non-contest.
Such was the Manchester City dominance, that Manchester United tested De Gea in their own goal more often than Ederson, with Ronaldo’s first-half volley the only shot on target that they could muster on their opposition’s goal.
Like Liverpool two weeks ago, Manchester City took their foot off of Ole’s throat to keep the scoreline respectable, even though the performance was far from it.
And now, a pair of damning stats have emerged to show just how out of his depth Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really is at the helm in Manchester. With that loss, it means that 21% of Manchester United’s home defeats since the Premier League’s inception have occurred under the Norwegian.
21% of Man Utd’s home defeats in PL history have come under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 6, 2021
Solskjaer has been in charge for just under three whole seasons (7 games short of three whole campaigns) but has been in charge for 1/5 of all defeats that have occurred in the 29 seasons of the Premier League.
Defeats this season to Aston Villa, Liverpool and now Manchester City have left United with the possibility of finishing this weekend, and spending the international break, in 10th place and 11 points off the top of the Premier League. Effectively, they will be out of the title race.
Never in the fight
Meanwhile, another memorable stat has surfaced to demonstrate the one-sided nature of the affair. Manchester City completed the most passes of any Premier League side against Manchester United since 2003/04, home or away, with their 753 that they made at Old Trafford.
753 – Manchester City completed 753 passes in their win over Manchester United – the most any team has completed in a Premier League match against the Red Devils since the 2003-04 season (when Opta began recording pass data). Olé.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 6, 2021
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|4||West Ham United||22||11||37|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||21||0||29|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||16|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||8|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||8|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||7|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||7|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||6|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||6|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||6|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City||6|
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|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||6|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea FC||0||6|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||6|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||5|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||6|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||4|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||0||5|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||4|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||0||5|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||10|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||6|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||5|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||4|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City||4|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||4|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||4|