‘I think it is the best 30 minutes I have seen anyone play Man City in the past THREE YEARS’: Jamie Carragher heaps praise on Manchester United after ‘out of this world’ derby win
- Jamie Carragher said nobody had played better in three years against Man City
- The Sky pundit described Manchester United’s performance as ‘devastating’
- Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored to dent City’s title credentials
Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United’s derby win away to City was the best performance any side had produced against the Premier League champions in the last three years.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored two quick-fire goals in the first half at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and United defended valiantly thereafter for a famous victory.
And for Carragher, even factoring in Liverpool’s swashbuckling performance at Anfield against City in the Champions League back in April 2018 when Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-0, United’s performance topped the lot.
Jamie Carragher was full of praise for Manchester United’s performance at City in the derby
The Sky Sports pundit felt it was the best any side had played against City in three years
‘I think it is the best 30 minutes I have seen anyone play City in the past three years,’ Carragher said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
‘Liverpool at Anfield, certainly, but this was away. I thought it was devastating and this was Manchester United. At their best, it’s quality football at 100mph, and with quality.
‘A lot has been made of Manchester City but even City at their best, I think they would have found this difficult. At the weekend (United) were out of this world.’
Marcus Rashford (middle) was in fine form and Carragher described the game as ‘devastating’
The win marked a phenomenal week for Manchester United having overcome Jose Mourinho’s rejuvenated Tottenham and beaten the champions away from home in the same week.
Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez joined Carragher on Monday Night Football and felt United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserved credit for tactical adjustments in the derby.
‘I was watching this space between the midfielders, they were very narrow, that was clear,’ Benitez said, breaking down a number of key incidents.
‘A couple of throw-ins were short and they switched play both times. I think Solskjaer did a great job in terms of tactics and you have to have players who can do that but you need tactics to do that.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was praised by Rafa Benitez for his tactical approach to taking on City
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