Savage makes joke about Manchester City defender; labels team performance shambolic

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Manchester City lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United this weekend.

Former player Robbie Savage suggested Bacary Sagna had a poor individual performance while labelling Manchester City’s team performance shambolic as they lost the derby, the BBC reports.

In a highly anticipated clash, Louis van Gaal’s United side claimed the bragging rights thanks to youngster Marcus Rashford’s only goal of the game after just 16 minutes.

The youngster beat Martin Demichelis for pace before slotting past goalkeeper Joe Hart, and then played a key role in United’s defensive rearguard as they held on for all three points.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Savage had strong words of criticism for both Sagna and Demichelis while labelling the overall performance from the hosts as nothing sort of shambolic.

"Darmian has gone down with cramp, Sagna is over to help him stretch his leg out, that is the closest he has been to a United player today,” Savage explained.

"Martin Demichelis put in one of the worst performances I have ever seen by a Premier League player. City were shambolic. Their big players have not turned up and offensively they have been so bad."

City had as many as 25 efforts against United, yet aside from Sergio Aguero hitting the post, they rarely looked like scoring as they failed to match the visitors’ intensity and aggression.

The injury to Vincent Kompany leaves City with a big void to fill in the centre, yet at full-back they look just as vulnerable as Sagna in particular was caught out of position on a number of occasions.

There is now just one point separating Manuel Pellegrini’s men and both West Ham United and Manchester United, and with tough games on the horizon there could still be a big twist to come.

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