Manchester United hit Manchester city with a flash of blue as the Red Devils recorded a 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium against the Cityzens. The result made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the first manager in Manchester United history to win his first three derbies at City and managed to maintain his undefeated away club record, ending the 21-game winning streak. consecutive hosts.
Manchester United academy graduate Dean Henderson has retained his place in the visitors’ goal as he continues to replace veteran goalkeeper David de Gea. Edinson Cavani’s absence from the squad meant Anthony Martial led the line and was flanked by fit Dan James and Marcus Rashford.
Pep Guardiola has named a largely unchanged side, with Phil Foden a notable omission and Gabriel Jesus leading the way. That decision, however, came back to bite the Catalan.
Just over 100 seconds into the match, Jesus fouled Anthony Martial in his own box, giving the Red Devils the chance to open the scoring from there. United’s talismanic Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes stepped up and smashed the ball past an extended Ederson Moraes to give his side the advantage.
Solskjaer’s men put pressure on the hosts behind their goal and carved out some opportunities for themselves in the minutes that followed. City gradually grew in the game and began to pin United in their own half as they tried to level the score.
United, however, defended valiantly to protect Henderson in goal. The league leaders looked unusually poor in possession, consistently giving the ball cheap.
Rodri Hernandez came close to equalizing the score after his striker slipped the crossbar on the exit in the second half. However, a wave of United red prevailed again as Luke Shaw’s sublime finish just five minutes after the restart doubled Manchester United’s lead.
Shaw’s arrival capped what was a brilliant team shot that was thrown by Henderson into the goal. Marcus Rashford and Shaw had a quick rally and took advantage of an overengaged Joao Cancelo as the left-back sent the ball to the far corner in front of a entrenched Ederson.
Anthony Martial continued to waste some remarkable opportunities after the second goal, with a one-on-one in particular being a very bad dud.
Rashford left the field after a blow and was replaced by Mason Greenwood. City substitutes Phil Foden and Kyle Walker instilled a sense of urgency and energy into the hosts and the midfielder nearly got one for his side but was thwarted by Victor Lindelof.
United eventually pulled away from the Etihad with three points, a clean sheet and bragging rights of the night against arguably the fittest team in world football.
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