Well, the strikers at both ends failed miserably. The result: the Premiership derby between Manchester United and Manchester City ended in a dull goalless stalemate, despite superstar forwards donning the colors of both teams.
Surely, the result left United boss Louis Van Gaal dissatisfied. He isn’t happy with the show his strikers put up on Sunday. “Sir, I have to talk every week about Rooney,” the Manchester United manager said. “Why?”
Rooney is a £300,000-a-week striker and is considered as one of the greatest players in club history. The 30-year-old failed to live up to expectations once more this season for his club-side.
Manchester City, without Sergio Aguero, fielded Wilfried Bony, who’s still not matured enough to make a difference in such a high-voltage derby match. Both Rooney and Bony enjoyed 55 percent possession rates, according to Whoscored research.
Van Gaal also blamed his sides’ fortune for the draw.
“We don’t have the luck,” Van Gaal said..
“I’ve seen on the video that Herrera should have had a penalty, but the referee did not give us the benefit because it was difficult to see.
“You can see clearly he Sterling didn’t touch the ball and touched the legs of Herrera. But we are not having the luck this season.”
A stubborn and compact City defense provided stiff resistance to hold on United to a goalless draw as the 170th Manchester derby failed to live up to box office billing.