Manchester United dealt a massive blow to Manchester City’s title hopes as they beat there city rival 2-1 in a stunning derby win. This has left the defending champions 14 points behind Premier League leader Liverpool.
Man United vs. Man City – Early lead
Both the United goals came in a quick counter-attack opening within half-hour at Etihad Stadium, where they repeatedly pounced upon on Manchester City’s goal.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial provided United an early lead, and although Nicolas Otamendi’s late goal saw a possibility of huge come back. But the visitors kept their nerve, and this was arguably the most impressive victory of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 12-month reign.
Rashford opened the scoring from the spot after he was clumsily knocked over by Bernardo Silva, with the penalty awarded by video assistant referee Michael Oliver.
The in-form England striker, who has now scored 13 goals in his past 14 games for club and country, hit the bar moments later, but United did not have to wait long to extend their lead.
United’s next attack saw Daniel James find Anthony Martial on the right of the area, and he had space to turn and squeeze his shot inside Ederson’s near post.
Manchester City had never trailed by two goals so early in a home league game since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2016. United not only took the lead but they held their leat till
Though Manchester City got a vast possession, it could not open the goal and test Manchester United goalie de Gea.
City had a huge penalty appeal for a handball by Aaron Wan-Bissaka inside the penalty box; it was turned down by referee Anthony Taylor and VAR before the half-time.
Defending deep and Counter Attack
Manchester United continued to defend deep after the halfway mark, but City struggled to create meaningful chances. Otamendi’s header from a Mahrez corner at 85the minute of the match reduced the gap, but it could not help them from their fourth league defeat of the season.
Man City could not cope with the pace of United attacking trio, on the counter in the first half at the Etihad. Marcus Rashford secured a penalty and then converted it before Anthony Martial struck to put the two-goal lead for visitors.
Conceding this defeat for City leaves them 14 points behind premier league leaders Liverpool. At 32 points from 16 games is the worst total of any Guardiola team during his managerial career.
- Premier League
- Tottenham vs Burnley: Spurs look like a different side, win 5-0
- Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Liverpool look like champion this time, win 3-0
- Man United vs Man City: James, Rashford and Martial shine in United win
- La Liga
- Barcelona vs Mallorca: Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona win 5-2
- Real Madrid vs Espanyol: 10 men Real beat Espanyol 2-0
- Atletico vs Villarreal: ‘Toothless’ Atletico at 7th place in table
- Serie A
- Inter vs Roma: Conte slammed San Siro jeers after draw
- Juventus vs Lazio: 10 men Juventus lost to Lazio 1-3
- Bayern vs Mönchengladbach: Bayern conceded the lead to lose 1-2
- Dortmund vs Fortuna: BVB destroyed Dusseldoft 5-0
- Ligue 1
- PSG vs Montpellier: Neymar inspired late comeback, as PSG win 3-1