Manchester City dominate in derby victory
Manchester City secured a comfortable 3-0 derby day win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Despite a promising opening 10 minutes from the home side, it was Manchester City who dominated the first half.
The first big moment came after 25 minutes, when Rodri was fouled by Rasmus Højlund in the box. Play restarted, however, after a VAR review the penatly was given.
Erling Haaland coolly slotted home the penalty, sending Andre Onana the wrong way in the process.
Højlund went close for United just minutes later, after a poor City pass back fell to the Danish striker, who stumbled passed Ederson but couldn’t make anything of the chance.
City continued to mount pressure upon the United defence; Erling Haaland was denied a second goal before half-time when he found himself free at the back post, but his header was brilliantly saved by Andre Onana.
Erik Ten Hag brought Mason Mount on the for cautioned Sofyan Amrabat, at half-time, but the change did not offer any improvement from the home side, and Erling Haaland was able to nod home his second just four minutes into the second half; the Norwegian forward found himself free at the back post yet again and was able to convert Bernardo Silva’s cross on this occasion.
United looked to be out of ideas, and the away side were able to torment the Old Trafford crowd with their excellent passing and movement.
City were able to add a third goal after 80 minutes. Erling Haaland played a right-footed ball across Manchester United’s six-yard box, and Phil Foden was able to tap home with ease.
Despite Man City’s stuttering form of late, they were able to comfortably dispatch of their bitterest rivals – today’s win has seen City move up to third place in the league table.
United sit in 8th, having now lost five of their opening 10 fixtures this season, and with even more question marks against Erik Ten Hag’s side