Manchester Derby Fallout: Schmeichel’s Critique and City’s Dominance

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The recent Manchester Derby at Old Trafford was nothing short of a football spectacle. Manchester City’s triumphant 3-0 victory over Manchester United showcased their dominance. It also brought forth some critical analysis from legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Schmeichel’s Critique

To kick things off, Peter Schmeichel, the legendary Manchester United goalkeeper, didn’t hold back in his post-match analysis. He openly criticized midfielder Sofyan Amrabat for his performance during the derby. Schmeichel believed that Amrabat was “so far off the pace”. It allowed Manchester City to control the game with ease.

Tactical Changes and Amrabat’s Struggles during Derby

Schmeichel’s critique shed light on the need for tactical changes. He highlighted that a halftime substitution was made for a reason, emphasizing that Amrabat’s performance in midfield was not up to the standards required in such a high-stakes match. This played a significant role in Manchester City’s dominance.

The Derby Result

Moving on to the outcome of the Derby, the result was clear and impactful. Under the leadership of Erik ten Hag, Manchester United suffered a resounding 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Erling Haaland emerged as the star of the day, netting two goals, while Phil Foden added another to City’s tally. Meanwhile, Haaland received an impressive rating of 9.2 from FotMob for his stellar performance.

League Standings

This defeat had repercussions on the league standings. As a result, Manchester United currently finds itself in 8th place with 15 points. The loss raised questions about the performance of both the team and its manager, Erik ten Hag. On the other side, Manchester City’s dominance in the derby allowed them to climb to 3rd place with 24 points. City and Arsenal both teams are now just 2 points behind the league leaders, Tottenham.


The Manchester Derby of 2023 provided football enthusiasts with a thrilling showdown and sparked intriguing discussions. Peter Schmeichel’s candid critique of Sofyan Amrabat’s performance highlighted the challenges faced by Manchester United. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s dominance reshuffled the league standings, setting the stage for a highly competitive Premier League season. However, Football fans will be eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this exciting season.

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