Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured probably his most impressive win as Manchester United manager following a stunning game at Manchester City’s own backyard. It puts the club up to fifth-place in the Premier League.
All this started in the opening half an hour when Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martia fired United into the lead.
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The Red Devils literally tore apart City’s defence in the first half, and deservedly took the lead in Manchester.
Despite Nicolas Otamendi’s late response for the hosts, Solskjaer men held on to record a famous victory at the Etihad Stadium.
So, without further ado, we give you the five main talking points from the 179th Manchester derby.
Guardiola’s hatred of VAR grows
Last month’s defeat to Liverpool is still a bitter memory for the Catalan after VAR denied City a penalty for a handball.
And now the video technology came back to haunt Guardiola once again after awarding United a penalty for Bernardo Silva’s foul on Rashford.
VAR later intervened again during a City penalty appeal when the ball struck Fred’s arm just before the break. And, much to Guardiola’s bemusement, the system promptly waved away the petition.
Solskjaer answers his critics
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With Mauricio Pochettino a free agent, there have been calls to install the Argentine as the new United manager. The club board’s admiration for him has never exactly been a secret.
But Solskjaer has responded in perfect fashion by claiming wins over Tottenham and City in the space of just four days. Outsmarting Guardiola in the first-half especially will go a long way for him.
Now the Norwegian has a real platform to build on, with his faith in the likes of Rashford beginning to pay off handsomely.
“We’ll remember this one,” he told MOTD.
“We look so dangerous when we get the ball and go forward against arguably the best team in the world.
“They are an unbelievable team and to get a result and defend like we did and create as many chances…we should have been three or four up but for some good goalkeeping.”
A night to forget for Bernardo Silva
The Portugal international struggled all night against Luke Shaw on the right-wing. Therefore, he struggled to make any significant impact upfront with Kevin De Bruyne taking on most of the responsibility.
Silva’s clumsy foul on Rashford in the first-half also led to the penalty call, which the Englishman scored to put United ahead. He also failed to get a single shot on target.
Although Silva did make some amends by helping out in the defence.
Rashford and Martial partnership
The two young United attackers are beginning to form a nice little partnership upfront.
It’s even fair to say that Rashford’s new-found form in front of goal coincided with Martial’s return from injury.
And the pair starred once more in Manchester, with Rashford’s penalty putting United ahead in the 23rd-minute. Admittedly, though, he could’ve bagged a treble had it not been for City keeper Ederson and the goal post.
Martial, meanwhile, collected a Daniel James pass on the right of the area, and brilliantly turned to fire the ball past Ederson for United’s second goal.
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