“The day before a game we usually train tactically, based on how the opponent play,” Kevin de Bruyne said on the Mid Mid podcast, as relayed by Kristof Terreur on Twitter.
“Before United, Pep said: ‘We don’t know how they are going to play. We shall see’. And we stopped training after 10 minutes or so.
“Often Pep knows how the opponent is going to play. This time he didn’t know, so he didn’t know what to do.
“We have done what we always do, but he didn’t know beforehand if they would play with 5 at the back. With four. A diamond in the middle. With 3 upfront.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City defeated United 2-0 at Old Trafford despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer choosing a defensive 5-3-2 formation.
The game looked like a training exercise for the Citizens as they repeatedly sliced through United’s defense like a knife through butter.