Responding to a post by Man City Xtra, many Manchester City supporters have been blaming Pep Guardiola’s potential tactical blunders for their side’s Manchester derby loss on Sunday evening – laying into the Spaniard on social media.
Guardiola, who started different full-backs than usual, playing Oleksandr Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo as opposed to the usually favoured Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, watched on as his side lost their seventh league game of the season – the most of his managerial career in a single season to date.
As well as replacing the full-backs, the ex-Barcelona boss opted not to start Gabriel Jesus or Riyad Mahrez – despite both arguably hitting a decent run of form recently. Anthony Martial opened the scoring for United minutes from half time before Scott McTominay fired the ball into an empty net seconds from the full time whistle – with City supporters since going on to blast the ‘useless‘ rotation from their manager on social media as a result.
Here’s what they had to say on Twitter…
It’s all his fault, failed to get a CB in the summer and overthink big games, set the boys up like the derby wasn’t important, folks would say he set em boys up with an eye against arsenal…needless! Exactly why he did at Spurs in the champions league last season that cost City!
— 🕴🏿 🎲 卂乃卂ㄚㄖㄩ尺爪乇 🎗©️ (@yourme4sheezy) March 8, 2020
Useless rotation again, first its not important then halfway he decides its important again
— Richi Köyolski Jr (@koyolski_jr) March 8, 2020
3 losses from 4 games against united is too much. Pep better win us the CL or otherwise this season has been disaster
— ☆ALO-MAE☆ (@Mee_Steezyn) March 8, 2020
I still blame him for not buying a new CB plus another midfielder/LB. This is not good enough
— 🇧🇼 (@Im_SolarZ) March 8, 2020
Largely his fault
— Callum (@callmatthews) March 8, 2020
I hope he’s got some good answers as to his team selection today, it’s like he doesn’t understand that today is the derby
— Alex (@kngstonesy) March 8, 2020
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