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Twitter reacts as Haaland and Foden score hat-tricks in thumping Manchester derby win

Jack Gallagher
Foden struck a hat trick
Foden struck a hat trick / Michael Regan/GettyImages
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Manchester City put their arch rivals Manchester United to the sword in Sunday's derby, with Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scoring hat-tricks in an impressive performance at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City, terrifyingly for the Red Devils, really hit the ground running at the Etihad and really should have been one goal to the good within the opening three minutes. A goalmouth scramble saw Man Utd players just about block three quickfire efforts on goal from a combined six yards out.

How did the ball stay out of the net? We'll never know.

After that miraculous escape in the third minute, United weren't able to escape in a similar fashion seven minutes later.

A wonderful sweeping move from Manchester City culminated in Phil Foden sweeping the ball into the roof of David de Gea's net.

Brilliant from City; not-so-brilliant defending from United.

City's dominance continued thereafter, with Ilkay Gundogan coming close to making it 2-0 via a free kick. Unfortunately for the Germany international, his wicked effort from the edge of the box cannoned off the post and out for a goal kick.

It took longer than expected, but the home side grabbed a second in the 33rd minute.

The goalscorer?

Take a guess.

And yep, he scored again three minutes later. Of course he did.

Haaland slid in at the back post to tip a rather exceptional Kevin De Bruyne cross into the back of the net.

He just can not stop scoring.

Just before half-time it was four.

That's right, 4-0 at half-time.

The fourth would come from an exquisite break led by De Bruyne which culminated in Haaland drilled the ball across goal to Foden, who made no mistake with his finish.

The best performance of the season so far?

Definitely.

Man Utd looked much more like a football team at the start of the second half and managed to actually get a goal back through Antony.

The €100m signing cut in from the right flank and fired into the top corner from range. A brilliant goal, even if it was a mere consolation.

The three-goal deficit didn't last too long however, as City re-took a four-goal lead a few minutes thanks to Haaland.

The Norwegian fired home a cross from the left flank to bag his third hat-trick in three consecutive home games.

He's just ridiculous.

Completely and utterly ridiculous.

Was that the end of the scoring you ask?

Of course not!

Manchester City continued to kick their arch rivals when they were down, with Foden scoring his hat trick goal following a through ball from Haaland.

To be fair to Man Utd, they were still giving it a go at 6-1 and managed to make it 6-2 in the 84th minute when Anthony Martial nodded home from close range.

And they then scored a third after that, with Joao Cancelo chopping down Martial in the penalty area, and the sub stepping up to grab his second of the game.

They couldn't find a fourth, fifth or sixth though, as expected, and the game would finish 6-3.

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