Manchester United brought Manchester City’s sequence of 21 successive victories in all competitions to a crashing halt with an impressive derby victory at Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side still have what looks to be an unassailable 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but the manner in which United subdued a previously unstoppable City and enhanced their own top-four chances will be a huge confidence boost to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players.
United, who have now gone 22 league away games unbeaten – including 14 wins – stunned City with a fast start and were ahead after a penalty was awarded inside the first 30 seconds when Gabriel Jesus fouled the impressive Antony Martial.
Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot despite City keeper Ederson getting a strong hand on the ball, then United fashioned the win with a mixture of solid defence and constant menace on the break.
Rodri almost equalised just after the break when his shot glanced off the angle of post and bar, but United effectively sealed the win – condemning City to their first loss since a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on 21 November – when the outstanding Shaw, who had earlier missed a chance to double United’s lead, led a counter-attack, exchanging passes with Marcus Rashford before beating Ederson with a low shot.
Solskjaer’s team, who had not scored in their previous three games, moved back into second place a point ahead of Leicester City in the increasing tight fight for a place in the top four.
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- 27CanceloSubstituted forWalkerat 65′minutes
- 3Rúben Dias
- 17De Bruyne
- 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forFodenat 70′minutes
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 26HendersonBooked at 60mins
- 5MaguireBooked at 32mins
- 23ShawBooked at 58mins
- 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forWilliamsat 90+3′minutes
- 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 73′minutes
- 9MartialSubstituted forMaticat 88′minutes
Match ends, Manchester City 0, Manchester United 2.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 0, Manchester United 2.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Substitution, Manchester United. Brandon Williams replaces Bruno Fernandes.
Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Anthony Martial.
Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bruno Fernandes.
Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United).
Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.
Attempt missed. John Stones (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rúben Dias with a cross.
Attempt missed. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Substitution, Manchester United. Mason Greenwood replaces Marcus Rashford because of an injury.
Substitution, Manchester City. Phil Foden replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John Stones.
Attempt saved. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott McTominay.