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Manchester City romp to victory at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby

  • Manchester City eased past United in the Manchester derby to put more misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United.

  • Two goals in the first half were enough for City to seal the win.

  • The first goal came via an own-goal from Eric Bailly and Bernardo Silva scored to double city's lead.

  • United looked lackluster once again as they were simply swept aside by Manchester City.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went with as many as eight defensive minded players to shore up their leaky defense. United continued with their experiment of a back three as Victor Lindelöf filled in for the injured Raphael Varane. Fred returned to the starting line-up alongside Scot McTominay and Mason Greenwood replaced Marcus Rashford.

Ruben Dias and Rodri returned for Manchester City after not playing the mid-week fixture against Club Brugge. De Bryune and Gabriel Jesus also returned replacing Mahrez and Jack Grealish.

FIRST HALF : City take advantage of United's shaky defense

Manchester City were gifted an early lead from Eric Bailly as he put the ball into his own net trying to clear a cross from Joao Cancelo in just the 7th minute of the game. City should have scored even earlier after Gundogan couldn't slot in a beautiful cross from Kyle Walker.

After getting the early lead they wanted, City never looked back. Manchester United looked off the pace from the get go and City were creating chances for fun.

The score could have been a lot worse if not for David de Gea's heroics. The Spaniard made 5 first-half saves to ensure United weren't blown away like they did against Liverpool. He made some great saves denying Jesus, De Bryune and Cancelo.

United could only muster one decent chance in the first half when Cristiano Ronaldo's volley was saved by Ederson. City's pressure paid off as they got their second goal through Bernardo Silva at the end of the first half. Joao Cancelo once again turned provider as his cross was guided in by Bernardo Silva. It was a costly mistake from de Gea, who was brilliant up to that point, but couldn't keep out a weak shot from Bernardo Silva.

SECOND HALF : City pile on United's misery

Manchester City continued to have more possession of the ball in the second half as they were looking to just close out the game. It was more of a case of damage limitation as far as United were concerned as they barely threatened City's goal.

Ikay Gundogan could only find the side netting as he couldn't control a long ball from Rodri to put City three ahead. Phil Foden had the best chance of the second half as he slashed his shot wide after being put through from De Bruyne.

Manchester United didn't have a single touch in City's 18-yard box in the second half and only had 4 touches in total. This summed up United's attacking display where they couldn't get possession of the ball and create any clear cut chances.

The result takes City to 23 points, 6 more than United on 17 after 11 games in. The pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after another loss to a title rival. The teams now go into the international break and it might have come at the right time for Solskjaer and his men.

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