The 183rd Manchester derby between rivals Manchester United and Manchester City was far from a classic, with the two sides managing just four shots on target between them.
United were marginally the better team in the first half, City were the better team in the second half. But this was a stalemate neither deserved to win.
When the 183rd Manchester derby was over and the Premier League table was updated, United were seventh and City were eighth.
City showed why they can but may not win the Premier League title in an uneventful 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
City had less of the ball than might be expected and looked blunt in the absence of Sergio Aguero, who didn’t make the squad.
Manchester United were a win away from becoming the first top-flight side to win five successive Premier League matches this season. Inevitably, the dullest derby ended in a draw.
United thought they’d been given an opportunity to take the lead from 12 yards when Marcus Rashford was felled by Kyle Walker after the break, but a VAR check showed Rashford was offside when the ball was played to him and the decision was overruled.
Guardiola’s Verdict on the Match:-
“0-0. They started well after we finished the first half well. We created three or four clear chances, you cannot expect many against a team like United and a good point in the end. It will be a good point in the future,” he told BBC Sport.
“United is always a strong team, this is Old Trafford and in a few details they are out of the Champions League. They score when they can run but we controlled them really well.
“It is not a derby, it would be different with the people and maybe they pushed more. It is different every week without the people, the virus is still there, you have to be careful.”
Solskjaer’s Verdict on the Match:-
“In my time against Manchester City that’s the best performance we have had. Not the best result but the best performance,” the United manager told Sky Sports.
“It was a tight game. I know we beat them a few times last season but those were different games. They had a few big moments.
“It’s two good teams. Tactically we knew they were going to give us some problems but defensively we were excellent. I’m delighted with the defensive shape. With the ball we didn’t create as much as we wanted to.
“They probably had the bigger moments in open play. Everyone should be happy with a draw.
“Its a mental challenge when that happens to you [going out of Champions League]. The mental energy you’ spend trying to recover from Tuesday is huge.”
It was suggested that the poor football on display was a result of the game taking place behind closed doors, with 0-0 scoreboard.