Manchester United suffered another home humiliation if Manchester City Won 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday to raise further questions about the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s attack at the break were the difference between the teams on the scoreboard. But it did little justice to the gap between the teams, as only a series of stunning saves from David De Gea prevented United from a fight similar to the 5-0 humiliation handed to them by Liverpool less than two weeks ago .
Solskjaer bought himself some time with a 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend.
But United have now won just one of their last six Premier League games and could end the day 11 points at the top of the standings if Chelsea beat Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
Solskjaer’s switch to a back five delivered a spell at Spurs, but it was largely due to the return of Raphael Varane from injury.
Without the French World Cup winner, who suffered a thigh muscle injury against Atalanta on Wednesday, the Norwegian’s decision to keep the same system quickly backfired.
Bailly was included in the Premier League for the first time this season and took just seven minutes to give City the perfect start when he cut Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own goal.
United have won just five of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13 appearances since the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the club.
If things had gone differently in the last days of August, Ronaldo could have lined up for City as they chased the 36-year-old to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero.
Ronaldo’s goal-heroes kept United alive in the Champions League, but he has only scored once in the last six Premier League matches.
The Portuguese almost sponsored an awful first 45 minutes of the Red Devils when his volley was brilliantly saved by Ederson and Mason Greenwood failed to turn the rebound into an empty net.
But it was De Gea who was by far the busiest ‘keeper’.
The Spaniard spread himself to miraculously stop Gabriel Jesus before rescuing Kevin De Bruyne from Cancelo and refusing a second own goal from Victor Lindelof’s boot.
However, even De Gea was to blame for City’s second when Silva got an outstretched leg to Cancelo’s cross and the United stopper slammed the ball into his own net.
Anger greeted the halftime whistle while the traveling City support cheerfully sang “Ole is at the helm” to mock the United boss.
Solskjaer responded by proposing former City winger Jadon Sancho, who in recent weeks has failed to retain a place in the United squad, although it cost £ 73 million ($ 98 million) to leave in July at Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho injected a bit more pace into the United attack, but the home side could barely sustain any pressure as City’s passing triangles chased their shadows into the Manchester rain.
Phil Foden hit the post and Jesus strongly appealed for a penalty kick that was left out as City could have easily won by a much more comprehensive margin.
A shocking 2-0 home defeat last weekend against Crystal Palace left Pep Guardiola’s men with little margin for error in the title race.
However, City have often saved their best performances for the big event this season, as they have now taken seven points from a possible nine in away games against Chelsea, Liverpool and United.
Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table is reduced to two points as City move up to second, a point ahead of Liverpool, who travel to West Ham on Sunday.