Premier League: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first Manchester United manager to win his first 3 away matches at the Etihad in the Manchester derby as United stunned the league leaders 2-0 on Sunday.
Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw sealed the deal for United in the Manchester derby on Sunday (Reuters Photo)
- Manchester United beat City 2-0 in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday
- The win ended Manchester City’s 21-match winning run in all competitions
- Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw sealed the deal for United on Sunday
Manchester United produced a perfect performance to end Manchester City’s 21-match winning run in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday. Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw gave United a 2-0 win and helped them cut down City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The win also extended Manchester United’s unbeaten away run to 22 games and they are 5 away from equalling Arsenal’s all-time record in top-flight English football. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was a record-breaking night as he became the first United manager to win his first 3 away Manchester derbies at the Etihad.
Manchester City are still favourites to win the Premier League title as they are at the top of the table with 65 points from 28 matches, 11 more than Manchester United who moved back to the 2nd spot, leapfrogging Leicester City.
Manchester United got an early lead via a spot-kick from Bruno Fernandes as early as the 2nd minute of the Manchester derby. Gabriel Jesus was found guilty as he brought down Anthony Martial inside the box. Luke Shaw had a great chance to double their advantage shortly after the opener but the fullback shot straight at Ederson from a good position in the box.
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City kept creating chances but there were far from clinical in front of goal. Luke Shaw doubled the lead in the 50th minute for Manchester United when goalkeeper Dean Henderson put a clever ball out to Shaw who slotted it in after dribbling past defenders.
It was a tactical masterclass from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United were solid in defence and took their chances better than the table-toppers on the big day.
Speaking after the memorable win, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lauded the team’s performance and said they are not thinking about the title race. The Dutchman conceded that City are far too ahead to think of catching up and they would be taking one game at a time.
“We just take one game at a time. Of course, they are too far ahead to think of catching them. Last year, we caught up 15 points with Leicester. But this is a different proposition. They (City) have been excellent. Even today, they put you under a sort of pressure that you see you’re playing against a very, very good team,” Solskjaer said.