Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City: Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay make the most of Ederson’s miserable day as Red Devils do the double over rivals to keep up Champions League push.
Ignore for a moment the fact that this victory may bring forward a date with a dreaded destiny, this was a huge performance, and an even bigger win for Manchester United.

Yes, it may have altered the date Liverpool win the league by more than two weeks – to March 21 at home to Crystal Palace if they can win at Goodison Park against Everton the preceding Monday – but this was a significant result for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players. It is the first season they have done the league double over their city rivals since 2009-10, and only the second time they have beaten them at Old Trafford in the last decade.

And it was deserved. City had the bulk of the ball, and laid siege when chasing the game in the second-half, but United defended smartly, impressed on the counter attack and Solskjaer is now getting a tune out of Anthony Martial, whose winner was his fourth goal in five games. Nobody can say he hasn’t filled Marcus Rashford’s shoes in those matches, and credit to Solskjaer and his coaching team for that. Without doubt, Martial has grown in this recent spell.
So desperate were City for their equaliser that, in the final minute of injury time, Ederson – who had a very poor game – completely overcooked a quick, counter-attacking throw intended for Nicolas Otamendi, which fell to Scott McTominay, He struck it first time back towards the unguarded goal, and United had the winning margin their performance deserved.

For City, this was another setback, the third time they have lost to United this season – including the second leg Carabao Cup tie – and a result that increases their remoteness from the league leaders. They did enough to equalise in the second-half, when Phil Foden and Nicolas Otamendi came close and Raheem Sterling missed an excellent chances from a Riyad Mahrez cross – but United could have had a penalty when Fred was tripped, and Bruno Fernandes has transformed their midfield in a way Paul Pogba never could. This is a team with the potential to go place; but there’s pain to come first, whether on March 21 or whenever the inevitable occurs.

Possession statistics can be misleading. To read them, as the game approached the half hour, it would appear that Manchester City were dominating. Yet, to the naked eye, this was a balanced game. Oleksandr Zinchenko and then Ilkay Gundogan had both made mistakes that could have let Manchester United in, and Nicolas Otamendi was lucky to have escaped a caution having cleaned out Daniel James. So when Bruno Fernandes was brought down by Gundogan outside the City penalty area to the left, there was plainly danger, given the dead ball expertise of United’s January recruit. So it proved.

He’s a smart thinker, Fernandes, and standing over the ball he chose not to try his luck or curl one, but lift the ball in a cheeky lob, up and over the City defence, wrong-footing Sergio Aguero who was the nearest man to Manchester United’s runner, Anthony Martial. What followed was a well-taken goal, but with a sprinkling of luck. Martial took it down sweetly and hit a low shot at the near post, but City goalkeeper Ederson should have done better, beaten at a tight angle in disappointing fashion. Just two minutes later, Fernandes was perhaps too keen to get on the end of a Luke Shaw cross and got underneath it, or City could have been looking at a significant half-time disadvantage.

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  • Micha Richards……… biased much ??? Up there with Micheal Owen as a shit pundit

    Ash Mcintosh March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • McTominay has goals against Arsenal and Man City this season, not bad

    Kevin Fatine March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Lol it’s funny that none of these so-called “pundits” have the personal integrity to admit that they’ve been wrong about what United main problem was (lack of creativity in midfield) rather than just tying to blame the front players like the low-IQ casuals they are

    Think Tank March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Rednapp go's on about De Bruyne being out and conveniently forgets about Pogba! We both had our best midfielder out. No excuse

    Retro Rube March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • No one: Mcsauuce.

    Cassaa Nova March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • I prefer for entertainment value at least Jose's honesty on performances. Pep, we play good, jose he is miles off, we need way more.

    declan murphy March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • “I know some city fans, well, one or two”😂😂😂😂

    Flavs March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • 3:39 What is kevin hart doing here?

    Mayur Das March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Is this the Japanese version?

    David Avery March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • McSauce sounds and looks like he has a Roy Keane kind of mentality, he will surely be a rough and no nonsense kind of captain in future

    Simba Choga March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Wait a minute, Bernardo says they had a bad game, a bad performance, unacceptable, and Pep says the team did a good game, a good first half and the second even better. WTF? Am I missing something here?

    Antonio Ferrer March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Mctominay eager to go and celebrate in the dressing with the lads. Kept looking over haha besides the passes martial and dan didn’t give to Bruno it was a solid performance! #Redevils

    Aaron Ordonez March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • 3 wins over citeh
    3 wins over Chelsea
    Wins over spurs Leicester wolves
    Shame we cant beat the lower teams

    imanishay March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Didn't Pep spend 250 million on just fullbacks the last 2 seasons.

    Mr Macarony March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Oops, someone remind Bernardo that they aren't in the Champions league next season

    Nikolozka March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • So United won because the keeper make 2 mistakes… they don't mention the saves the keeper made. As always, when United win, the opposition sucked… United never plays well for these people. Such negative pricks.

    Ariel Pérez March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • congrats , you guys deserve the win.the lion pep is stupid.

    Franco Li March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • I will not forget this day

    Hvrlem Jvmvicvn March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Scotland McTomminay is awesome 🔥🔥🔥

    Stu March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • 2 goal was hit by a flash aka McTOMINAY
    mancity fans were like where did he come from.

    aryan kavthankar March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Huge respect to pep for not slating his players mistakes it happens at the end of the day I'm a united fan so I should know

    Jonathan Lamb March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Name of intro song?

    Danny Pang March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Micah Richards sounds like Gary Neville talking when he laughs. Who knew?

    R W March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Man United finally have got leaders, real men in their squad. Passion, aggression, trepidation of losing, refusal to lose. Fernandes, McTominay, Maguire growing.

    R W March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • How many adverts?

    Peter pan March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • Roy Keane for next James Bond petition

    Jakub Hyndrich March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • The 2nd goal wasn't Eddisson's fault at all but it was of Mendy's. Eddisson placed the ball exactly where he needed it to be. It was Mendy who lost focus and gave away the goal.

    ian crowley March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply
  • McTominay can be a father to a lot of 30 year olds. That's how mature he seems.

    Dr. Ahmed Ali Khan March 21, 2020 4:44 pm Reply

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