Jose Mourinho’s half-time team talk and changes helped change Manchester United’s performance in the second half against City after a woeful first half.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard were clearly unfit which led to them both being taken off and speaking about his half-time team talk, he made his frustrations clear about his instructions not being carried out by the players.
“What I said at half-time I told them in the last three days, instead of 10 minutes, much more,” Mourinho said
“So every time we were preparing the game and every time we were analysing and trying to reduce the unpredictability of the game, we spoke about this situations.
“What I told them at half-time was for some of you it looks like you are trying to do what I told you not to do. And it was this: I told 20 times today never play the first station ball, never, never play because it’s where they want to press. It happened 20 times during the game.
“So I think some of the boys, they felt the dimension of the game, they felt the dimension of the game, everything around the game, the derby, the big game, Man United v Man City, the focus, the attention, I felt that some of the guys felt it.”
For me watching as a fan, the game was anything but unpredictable. City played exactly like I expected them to but what surprised me was United’s lack of application out of possession, we were so happy to give them possession but maybe that was the plan all along. Unfortunately for us, we were so bad at counter-attacking that it made us limp until we switched to a midfield three with Ander Herrera.
Whatever the plan was against City it didn’t work, right from the team selection through to the general performance of individuals and United have to pick themselves up for a Thursday trip to Feyenoord before facing Watford away from home as well.