It was a selection that gave City the green light to dominate from the opening kickoff and meant Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were given a thankless task up front, asked to use their pace to hit City on the counter.
It was Kun's ninth Manchester derby goal, and he is fast becoming the most effective striker in this duel, beating Cantona (8) and staying only two behind Rooney (11).
Despite their late shows, the Red Devils are seven points off the top four and now sit in eighth place in the Premier League.
"It was very important to score the third goal because at 2-1 it is always a risky game", said Gundogan.
"City will be nervous despite United being the bigger club". The team appeared to be headed toward a defeat before Juan Mata scored on a free kick inthe 86th minute. There can be games where you win 3-0 or 4-0 and everyone's happy but what have you learnt from the game itself?
It was United's fourth defeat in 12 Premier League games, while they have won just half of their matches.
Jose Mourinho is never going to be a coach who throws caution to the wind, but his starting lineup for this game gave City the encouragement to push United back from the outset.
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He insisted his team were united in reality as well as in name, while saying all three of City´s goals were down to mistakes by his players.
And while Dybala believes the way Massimiliano Allegri sets his side up will help Juventus do more damage to their opponents, the Argentine feels it must be hard to pick which players to use.
That excuse about suffering from fatigue surfaced again and although United's four-game PL unbeaten run is over, Mourinho is adamant they're moving in the right direction. "I am with my players", Mourinho said.
"This week, City played three home games and we played three away".
It was put to Mourinho that United's title hopes were over because of being equidistant to the top of the table and the bottom three, but he brushed it off.
"Derbies are always tough games, but I think they're the games in which you always learn the most".