“Demolition Derby”, “Men against Moyes”...this morning’s newspapers are full of headlines that make it very clear just how emphatic Manchester City’s 4-1 win was over neighbours Manchester United yesterday.
After the match, David Moyes said he had delivered his own form of post-match reflection, be that the hairdryer treatment or otherwise.
“I just told the players the way I would have told them at any other club if I don’t think they are doing,” the United boss said.
“They are good players, they are good pros, they know when they are bang at it and when they are not.”
Yesterday, it is safe to say they were not.
The Telegraph has today published an editorial detailing the four reasons they feel United fell short at the Etihad, with Ashley Young’s poor performance and Vincent Kompany’s outstanding one two of those. They also claim Moyes could have been far bolder in the second half, while acknowledging that City’s midfield was simply unplayable at times.
And finally, the Express has picked up on previous reports from Italy that Udinese may beat United to the signing of long-term target Bruno Gomes.
The Brazilian striker was believed to one day be on his way to Old Trafford, after previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson had agreed first refusal. But with Moyes reportedly less keen, and with the player not taking part in the club’s pre-season tour as earlier reported, it appears he could instead be on his way to Serie A.
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