Pep Guardiola emerged victorious from his first Premier League battle with old adversary Jose Mourinho as Manchester City secured a fully deserved win in a frantic Old Trafford derby.
Kevin de Bruyne’s cool finish and Kelechi Iheanacho’s tap-in after the Belgian hit the post put City in complete control as they outclassed Mourinho’s Manchester United for most of the opening 45 minutes.
United were handed a lifeline just before the break when City’s debutant keeper Claudio Bravo had a howler to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to pull a goal back.
City started impressively for the first 20 minutes, showing greater quality and composure on the ball as both teams flew into challenges.
The hosts had more possession in the second half, with Ibrahimovic having a goal ruled out for offside after deflecting a shot from the dangerous Marcus Rashford, who was introduced after 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has admitted making a mistake in tweaking his team, he admitted he would have picked the a different team in hindsight as he rued the selection of Henrikh Mkhirtaryan and Jesse Lingard over Anthony Martial and Juan Mata.
” Honestly, I had two or three players in the first half who if I knew what I know now, I won’t play them. But this is football. Sometimes players disappoint managers. Sometimes they give great surprises.