Premier League

Three Things We Learned as Manchester United Stun Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Ali Shibil Roshan
Man United extended their unbeaten away run in the Premier League to 22 games
Man United extended their unbeaten away run in the Premier League to 22 games / DAVE THOMPSON/Getty Images
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Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw either side of half-time helped Manchester United stun Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.

The Red Devils went ahead two minutes into the game, Bruno Fernandes converting a penalty after referee awarded one for a foul on Anthony Martial.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side doubled their lead five minutes after the break as Luke Shaw left Ederson flat-footed in Man City's goal. Dean Henderson threw out the ball to Shaw, who charged down the left flank, passed the ball to Rashford, received it back from the attacker and then hit the ball into the far corner.

Man City tried to claw their way back into the game, but United stood strong and resolute as they earned all three points.

With the win, Man United also reclaimed their second spot in the Premier League points table. Man City, despite the defeat, still enjoy a comfortable lead over their city rivals, with Pep Guardiola's side 11 points clear at the top.

Here are three things we learned from the match:

1. United Extend Their Unbeaten Away Run in the Premier League, End City's Winning Streak

Bruno Fernandes, John Stones
Fernandes converted from the spot to put Man United ahead two minutes into the game / Pool/Getty Images

Coming into the match, Man City were on a 21-game winning streak, while United were on a 21-game unbeaten away run in the English top-flight. We knew one would end and, given City's high-flying run, a neutral would have been more likely to bet on Pep Guardiola's side extending their streak.

But, as it turned out, it was Manchester United extending their unbeaten away run in the Premier League.

2. Luke Shaw is Turning Into a World Class Left Back

Luke Shaw
Shaw has been one of United's best players this season / DAVE THOMPSON/Getty Images


Maybe it's because he has upped his game to avoid losing his place on the starting XI to summer arrival Alex Telles, but Shaw has, without a doubt, been one of United's best players this season, and the Englishman delivered another impressive performance against the Premier League leaders.

He scored a goal - an impressive one - in the game and sealed the win for Red Devils, who will surely have their confidence boosted by it.

3. Solskjaer is the First Manager Ever to Win 3 Successive Away Games Against a Pep Guardiola

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer has beaten Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium in their three previous meetings / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

For all the criticism he has heard over his team's performance against the big sides, Solskjaer has now become the first manager ever to win 3 successive away games against a Pep Guardiola side.

United beat City 2-1 in December 2019, 1-0 in January 2020 and now 2-0 in March 2021 - all at the Etihad Stadium. No mean feat!

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