Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s team wins the Manchester derby in an incredible way with goals from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland.
Report and free game highlights: Man City moved up to third place, two points behind leaders Tottenham, having lost six of their previous eight games against Pep Guardiola’s team. Premier League top scorer Haaland scored either side of halftime and set up Foden to win the Manchester derby.
With the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford, Manchester City defeated rivals Manchester United handily on derby day. The victory moved the defending champions up to third place, two points behind Premier League leaders Tottenham. Erling Haaland scored twice, while Phil Foden added another.
Even though United had recently won close games and suffered a number of injuries, City had lost their previous two away games in the Premier League and simply had too much for them. United also needed to solve problems all across the field. The score might have been higher if Andre Onana hadn’t made a number of excellent saves.
When these teams faced off a year ago, City won 6-3 thanks to hat-tricks from Haaland and Foden, and a year later, the difference between the Manchester rivals is still very large.
Referee Paul Tierney signaled Haaland’s first goal from the spot after Rasmus Hojlund’s pull on Rodri in the box was flagged from the pitchside monitor.
After the break, Haaland, the leading scorer in the Premier League, scored his 11th goal of the year with a header. It was a replica of the chance that Onana brilliantly stopped after the first half, but Haaland gave the goalie no chance this time.
Soon after, Onana stopped Haaland from scoring a third time on a one-on-one opportunity. The striker then missed another chance to score when he squared for Foden to score easily and put City out of sight.
In all competitions, City has now won six of the previous eight derbies, and they hardly had any opposition in this one. Although Marcus Rashford missed an opportunity in the second half after a drive-by Scott McTominay in the first half caused Ederson to tip over, City head coach Pep Guardiola has dominated this encounter. This is the 20th Manchester derby.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, was jeered for his choice to substitute for Hojlund, but he was unable to come up with a winning recipe, and his team finished eighth, 11 points behind leaders Spurs.
When the third goal was scored, United had no chance left. Haaland palmed out wide a piledriver from Rodri, and from close range, he picked out Foden to convert.
Around halftime, players like Fernandes and the substitute Antony began behaving petty and disrespectfully, which caused United’s discipline to crumble. To cap off a dismal performance by the hosts—which was exacerbated by City’s clinical and purring style of play—both players were given yellow cards.