What changed in Man City's tactics after Silva and Haaland raised their hands in the Man United game?

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What changed in Man City's tactics after Silva and Haaland raised their hands in the Man United game?

Manchester City emerged victorious with a 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United.

The first half saw an unexpected lead for United, thanks to Marcus Rashford's stunning long-range goal. However, Foden turned the tables in the second half with two impressive goals, and Erling Haaland sealed the deal in injury time.

Despite City's ball dominance and 27 attempts on goal, there was a phase when United posed a threat. They capitalized on City's high defensive line, exploiting loose passes and launching counterattacks in numbers.

When Man United's attempt to break through was stopped, Bernardo Silva did something that could have turned the game around.

In the 20th minute of the match, the Portuguese midfielder got the ball near his own half and signalled to his teammates by raising his hands, asking them to slow the game down and stay calm.

Despite the fans urging City to launch an attack, Silva decided to pass the ball back to Ruben Dias, keeping possession for City. Erling Haaland then made a similar gesture, likely signalling the same message.

You can see a significant jump in xG on the Opta Analyst graph after Bernardo and Haaland calmed down the game.

After that Rashford had one more big chance for Man United but that would be the last one for the Red Devils in the derby. The rest of the game was dominated by Man City.

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