Manchester United got off to a great start in their UCL campaign on Wednesday. But Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City did not. Of course, they had to go it without Pep — who is currently serving a touchline ban. In his place, assistant Mikel Arteta oversaw a sluggish City team unable to defeat Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Memphis Depay didn’t get on the scoresheet in his return to Manchester, but he did provide an assist on Lyon’s second goal of the match. Two goals — one in the 26th and a second in the 43rd — saw Lyon to Pep’s side, who could only muster one goal as an answer in the second half.
That said, we shouldn’t worry too much about this side. After running away with the Premier League last season, expectations are sky high. Yet their key playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, is out for a while. They’re still on 13 points after five PL matches, with four wins and a draw. And, their UCL group isn’t all that difficult. Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim would play to a 2-2 draw. All three points could’ve gone to the Bundesliga side if not for an 81st-minute equalizer. That helps City ever so slightly going forward.
Something tells us they’ll get their act together. After all, they were unbeaten in their first six competitive matches — winning five of them — until Wednesday.