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Guy Mowbray uses Alex Ferguson quote to hilariously sum up Man Utd’s defeat at Man City

Commentator Guy Mowbray uses an old Sir Alex Ferguson quote to hilariously sum up Man Utd’s defeat at Man City on Sunday.

It was a rather bleak afternoon for Man Utd as they watched their local rivals tear them apart with the away end practically empty by the final whistle.

Troubled started from the 2nd minute, when Diogo Dalot was booked for a challenge on Jack Grealish, and, from Phil Foden’s goal in the 8th minute to his hat-trick grabbing goal in the 73rd, there was no chance United would complete a comeback.

Whilst some pride was resumed late on in the game, as Anthony Martial’s two goals reduced the deficit to just three goals, and hope of coming away with points had long gone for the Red Devils and their fans sarcastically cheered if anything when they saw their side score.

As fans headed for the Etihad exit, Mowbray reminded people that Ferguson was once asked if United would ever go into a game with City as second favourites.

Mowbray also said: “And Manchester City have four before half time. The football is breath-taking, there are big gaps appearing in the away end, there are people leaving the away end, they’re not going for half time refreshment here, they are drowning their sorrows elsewhere. Sir Alex Ferguson was asked in 2009, if City could ever go into a derby as favourites, he said not in my lifetime. Now it’s very time.”

United won both games against City in 2009, with Michael Owen’s late goal coming in the 4-3 win at the beginning of the 2009/10 season.

But before Ferguson retired, Man City have had a lot more joy out of games against their local rivals with the 6-1 win at Old Trafford the most famous.

That came early in the 2011/12 season and, with just a few games to go of that campaign, Vincent Kompany netted the only goal in the reverse fixture.

The win would help City get their first Premier League title and begin their domination of the league, and United hasn’t ever really stopped.

City have lifted the Premier League trophy six times whilst United’s only league title came in Fergie’s final year, in 2013, and he’s sat in the stands watching them ever since.

Phil Foden’s first hat-trick and Erling Haaland’s third in three Premier League home games set up a big win for Manchester City over rivals Manchester United on Sunday; an Antony stunner and two late Anthony Martial goals were just consolation.

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Man City: Ederson (6); Walker (6), Ake (6), Akanji (6), Cancelo (6); Gundogan (8), De Bruyne (9), Bernardo (9); Foden (10), Haaland (10), Grealish (9).

Subs: Gomez (7), Laporte (6), Alvarez (6), Palmer (6), Mahrez (6)

Man Utd: De Gea (3); Dalot (3), Martinez (3), Varane (3), Malacia (3); McTominay (4), Eriksen (3); Antony (6), Fernandes (4), Sancho (4); Rashford (3)

Subs: Lindelof (5), Shaw (6), Casemiro (5), Fred (5), Martial (7)

Players of the match: Erling Haaland and Phil Foden

Gary Neville during commentary on Sky Sports:

“The story of the game is that in the first half Manchester United froze. There’s no doubt they bottled it.

“They have been really nervous. They have just not handled this derby at all.

“I expected so much more from United. There was no composure. They never settled. They were anxious and nervous on the ball.

“There has been promise in the last few weeks from United. But this is a reminder of how far behind they actually are the best team in the country.”

Sky Sports’ Roy Keane:

“There’s nothing for United to take out from this game. The players should be embarrassed. You can’t go into half-time 4-0 down in a derby game.

“It’s hugely embarrassing, as brilliant as City were United were desperate, particularly in midfield. They were over-ran in midfield and defensively they were all over the shop. Again we look at leadership… there was nothing there from Man Utd.

“If you’re giving players like De Bruyne time and space, you’re looking for trouble. United got punished and rightly so. Top level sport is fantastic but it’s brutal. Today, it was brutal for Manchester United as when you’re not quite at it, you get hammered by your local rivals.

“United have an experienced team out there. City were missing players, but whoever comes into the team is pure quality. That’s what they have whereas Man Utd seemed all over the place.

“At a big club like Manchester United, you wonder what it must be like for the players sat in the dressing room 4-0 down at half-time. It must be bizarre, but then these players are getting used to it as they were 4-0 down at Brentford.

“The manager must be scratching his head with his staff as there was progress in the last four games, but this is a huge step back.”

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag: “We had a lack of belief. I’m surprised why we didn’t bring it on the pitch.

“It was four weeks ago, but I had seen a different team with a different spirit and a different vibe. Today, we weren’t convincing. From the first minute, we were not on the front foot and we were not brave in possession.

“It’s always difficult to find out why that is, especially straight after the game. I will have to talk to my players and find out.

“They know they can do better. You saw the performances against Arsenal and Liverpool but if you don’t fight – which we didn’t – then you have a problem against a team like Manchester City.

“Once again, it was a lack of belief.”

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “It was really good. We scored four goals in the first half and we could have scored more really. They played better in the second half and the last minutes was flat, but it was a good game and everyone in the stadium was happy.

“In the first half we were aggressive and had the space, and the quality of players we had up front made the difference.

“Some players were not good today and have to improve. Perfection doesn’t exist, it’s impossible. But we have to try to look for it. We have done well today, but we can do better.

“Many, many players made sloppy passes and we lost it and this is not good. We have to be more consistent in our passes.

“In the final third you can have more creativity, you can take more risks, but in some areas, we were not good.”

This is what social media users said as Guy Mowbray uses an old Alex Ferguson quote to hilariously sum up Man Utd’s defeat at Man City…

@paddy_Lav: Better than Shakespeare

@189NlNE: Quagmire laughing at the end there

@dankthemanc: DRINK IT IN

@SpinningPl8tes: Right into my veins 💉 @Guymowbray 👌

@fzkhn23: Now its everytime 💀

@MarkMCFC10: That is fantastic! Especially the last line 😂

@ayman__afc: That last line is a classic 😂

@Cityblues1: What legendary commentary 😂😂

@WhosChuckPaul99: This might be favorite 30 second clip ever

@EllisTortely: Sensational commentary from Guy

@CallumLee1606: now it’s every time 🤣🤣

@SteWinny: the laugh at the end!

@JackTurner_95: 🤣🤣 some commentary that

@Matt_Johnson71: Amazing Sunday evening television

@mrahsannaeem: That Guy Mowbray piece of commentary up there with Tyler’s “I swear you’ll never see anything like this again”. To see Ferguson’s scrunched up fury just added to the deliciousness of it all.

@jackbowes1996: What a great bit of commentary 🥰 guy Mowbray moving like a poet 😂

@mpecky61: Actually the best bit of commentary I’ve heard in the last 10 years , guy Mowbray is different class

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