Kevin De Bruyne Has Lifted The Lid On City’s Preparations For Last Weekend’s Manchester Derby


Manchester United fans are not happy with comments from Kevin De Bruyne about last weekend’s Manchester derby.

De Bruyne’s Manchester City coasted to a 2-0 win at Old Trafford thanks to an own goal from Eric Bailly after just seven minutes and Bernardo Silva’s back-post effort on the stroke of half-time.

De Bruyne has spoken on international duty with Belgium about City’s preparation for the match and has conceded that Pep Guardiola was unable to decide how United would set up against his side.

City’s players were due to train last Friday and work on their tactics ahead of the game the following day but De Bruyne revealed that training stopped after just ten minutes because Guardiola was unable to predict United ‘s tactical setup.

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Speaking to Belgian media, De Bruyne said: “The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent plays. Before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after ten minutes or so.”

“Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do. We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with five at the back. With four. A diamond in the middle. With three upfront.”

United fans have had their say on the comments, with some interpreting it as a potential critique of Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s tactics.

United have only won once in the Premier League since September 19 and have required Cristiano Ronaldo to rescue them twice in the Premier League.