In the match preview, we stated that we don’t wish to see a dull derby. And, thankfully, it was an enthralling derby. Manchester United ended Manchester City‘s 28 games unbeaten run by defeating the league leaders by 2-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot inside the first minute to give the Red Devils a head start. Luke Shaw doubled the lead for his side in the 50th minute. Manchester City had a lot of ball possession but failed to create clear opportunities to score.
Here are the five talking points from this Manchester Derby:
1. Luke Shaw is at the form of his life
Luke Shaw is in some form this season. Especially since the turn of the year, he has been the best player for Manchester United this season. He also earned Man United’s player of the month award last month. He continuously ran up and down the pitch and supported Marcus Rashford throughout. In the first half, he got a great chance to fire the ball past the keeper but he failed to do so. But in the second half, he drove the ball past Ederson to mark his second senior goal for Manchester United.
He is a real contender for Manchester United’s player of the year. But, we all know Bruno Fernandes has numbers that will attract the voters. Nevermind, looking at Luke Shaw performing at this level feels amazing. This lad deserves a national call-up!
2. Solskjaer has Guardiola’s number!
With today’s 2-0 win, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become the first Man United’s manager to win three consecutive away Derbies at Eithad Stadium. That is some feat! In fact, it’s more than two years since Man City defeated Man United in the Premier League.
Solskjaer’s dependable midfield duo, Fred and McTominay, zeroed the threat possessed by Kevin de Bruyne and Gundogan. Rashford and James were at flanks to provide width to United. Pep Guardiola is used to deploying his full-backs more towards Central position.
This left a lot of space for the pacy wingers to run in. Even Luke Shaw enjoyed the night as Cancelo had a disastrous outing dealing with both of them. It is surprising how Solskjaer most of the time gets better of Pep Guardiola. Definitely, he is not your regular PE teacher!
3. Raheem Sterling’s unwanted streak continues
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has become one of the best wingers under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. He has scored a lot of goals over his career but surprisingly, none against Manchester United. This was his 23rd appearance against Manchester United in all competitions and he is yet to find the back of the net against them. Startling to say the least!
4. Manchester Derby to United, title to City?
Manchester is Red, but for only now. Today is the day where the fans of Man United have earned bragging rights. It is they who will make the noise today. But what about the league title? Manchester City is still 11 points ahead in the title race. They have 65 points in comparison to second-placed Man United’s 54 points in an equal number of games. Their 21 winning game run has ensured that they already have one hand on the Premier League title.
A big win for Man United solidifies their chances of remaining in the top four. But the first position is still a bit far away from them. Can Manchester United cover the gap up for a spicy finish to the season? We doubt that.
5. THE 12TH MAN Opinion
A derby is something in which fans are highly involved. Even though there were no fans in the stadium, they had a lot to say on social media. Luke Shaw has been gathering a lot of applause and his second goal for Manchester United just took that appreciation to next level.
A derby is something in which fans are highly involved. Even though there were no fans in the stadium, they had a lot to say on social media.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka made the most interceptions in the game. None of the City players were able to dribble past the right-back. We expected this meme to float and here it is for you.