Manchester United emerged victorious in the 179th Manchester derby at the Etihad, as they beat Manchester City 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
City were looking to close the gap at the top of the table, going into the derby 14 points off league leaders Liverpool. City rivals United, meanwhile, knew that a win would see them move into fifth, and just five points off the Champions League spots.
United started strongest, forcing City goalkeeper Ederson into action early on. The City keeper pulled off three crucial saves for the hosts, denying United's attackers with every shot they had in a frantic opening to the Manchester derby.
An end-to-end opening 2 minutes in the Manchester Derby! 浪— 90min (@90min_Football) December 7, 2019
Ederson with massive saves again— Rana (@RanaEmaad_) December 7, 2019
Ederson has been on fire today. Three great saves so far.— Reliquias Brasileiras (@reliquiasbr) December 7, 2019
The drama began when Marcus Rashford was brought down inside the box by Bernardo Silva, who came across and caught his leg. While referee Anthony Taylor saw no cause to blow for a foul, a VAR check overturned his decision and awarded Manchester United a penalty.
Penalty VAR NOW— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 7, 2019
PENALTY to Man Utd...— Premier League (@premierleague) December 7, 2019
After consulting VAR, referee Anthony Taylor has awarded a penalty to Man Utd#MCIMUN
VAR rectified the error, but how on earth has the referee Taylor missed the clearest penalty you’re ever likely to see? Obvious foul by Silva. #MUFC— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) December 7, 2019
It was Rashford who collected the ball for the chance to put City in front, having just won the penalty. The Red Devils striker kept focused and sent his spot kick into the bottom-right corner, putting the visitors in front and giving them a valuable advantage at the Etihad.
That man again.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 7, 2019
Marcus Rashford cooly slots United into the lead against City in the Manchester derby. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/tFAhsdZsSI
And again, Rashford has been class recently— Conall (@conallwwfc) December 7, 2019
Fully deserved lead, we’ve been the better team so far and should be further ahead.— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) December 7, 2019
Rashford’s scored 9 goals against Liverpool Chelsea Man City Leicester and Tottenham this season. Not bad eh?
It didn't take long for United to build on their lead, and just six minutes later they added a second before the half-hour mark. Daniel James touched it off for Anthony Martial, who burst inside and struck his shot goalbound, cannoning off the post and going in to double the Red Devils' lead.
Martial get inn!!— #Hashtag Rutere (@jahhmal_) December 7, 2019
Goodness me City are getting torn to shreds— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) December 7, 2019
The second half settled down a bit, but Manchester City kept on fighting. Chance after chance came by the Citizens, but they couldn't break down a resolute United defence as they struggled to find a way through.
With the game looking lost, City conjured a glimmer of hope thanks to Nicolas Otamendi. With the clock ticking down and towards the 90th minute, the defender headed home from a corner to set up a grandstand finish.
Otamendi scores!!! Atmosphere electrifies at Etihad #MUNMCI— Vaibhav Omar (@vaibhav_omar) December 7, 2019
Otamendi and Mahrez the substitutes, they combine for the goal. This will be a nervy ending. #MCIMUN— Shivam Pathak (@_ShivamPathak) December 7, 2019
City fought hard in the search of a vital equaliser, but it wasn't enough as United saw out the result and secured a huge three points on enemy soil, in a massive derby win at the Etihad.