The game between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday was a game of two different halves.
It was a tightly contested game in the first half, and Manchester United were unlucky to go into the break losing 2-1.
We all expected a similar second half performance, with hopes that United could score an equaliser, but Ralf Rangnick’s side collapsed after the hour mark.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that the collapse was as a result of fatigue.
“The first half they had more energy than the first half and the second half when they struggled to press it was the consequence of the first,” said the Spaniard.
Rangnick on his side believes that Manchester United played well for about an hour before collapsing as City scored their third goal.
Speaking after the game, Rangnick said: “I think it was a good first half, even the first 60 minutes were okay, but the first half was good. We had our moments, we could have scored one or two goals more in the first half.
“Whenever we were in possession of the ball, we showed that we could create problems for them, the same is true with our transitional moments, but, in the end, they scored two goals and we only scored one.
“So at half-time, it was clear for us that we needed to try to score at least one if not two more goals, and once they scored the third one, which was a brilliant corner kick, we just have to admit that, it was difficult to defend it, then it was almost over.
“This goal killed us off because then against a team like Manchester City, the best team in the world in possession of the world, if you then still try to chase the ball high up, then you take the risk to concede another two or three more goals.”