Marcus Rashford continued his incredible streak of goals to complete a stunning 2-1 victory for Manchester United against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, impressing their neighbors’ Premier League title challenge and possibly launching one of their own.
And City seemed on its way to completing two consecutive derby over United when Jack Grealish came off the bench to lead the visiting team in front (60).
But after a VAR check, Rashford was cleared of offside in the run-up to Bruno Fernandes’ equalizer (78) – much to the wrath of the City players – and the Englandman converted Alejandro Garnacho’s cross four minutes later to score for the ninth time in a row at home.
City’s 6-3 win over United in October was a sobering reality check after a four-game winning streak in the Premier League, but Erik ten Hag’s side have improved dramatically since those early days and are now third in the table, just one point behind. . Their local rivals and six-time leaders Arsenal, ahead of Sunday’s North London derby.
It is the second damaging result of the week for Pep Guardiola, who was beaten in his 500th Premier League game as manager just days after his side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at Southampton. It was another sub-par performance until Grealish’s goal, and with four points missing from four matches since the start of the World Cup, their game with Tottenham on Thursday looks like another undertaking.
The momentum is definitely with the red half of Manchester now. United have won nine times in all competitions, 12 in a row at home, and could close in on Arsenal when they go to the Emirates next weekend, after a trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. For the fans who stayed to celebrate, they get the feeling that something special is happening in Tin Hag’s reign.
Manchester United: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (7), Varane (7), Shaw (7), Malaysia (7), Casemiro (7), Fred (7), Eriksen (6), Fernandez (8), Martial (8). ) 7) Rashford (8).
Submarines: Anthony (6), Grenach (7), McTominay (NA), Martinez (NA), Maguire (NA)
Manchester city: Ederson (5), Walker (6), Akanji (6), Ake (6), Cancelo (6), Rodri (6), De Bruyne (7), Bernardo (6), Mahrez (6), Haaland (5) Foden (5)
Submarines: Grealish (7)
Match player: Marcus Rashford
How Rashford propelled Manchester United to another victory at Old Trafford…
Guardiola has criticized his side for losing their focus against lesser teams this season, having stumbled recently against Southampton, Everton and Brentford, but against their arch-rivals on the big stage on Saturday, City again lacked sharpness.
Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo and Manuel Akanji were among the players who gave the ball away unnecessarily early on, and a nervous City were nearly punished when Bernardo Silva misplaced a pass in the middle of midfield sparking a United reaction which saw Fernandes shoot wide of the far post.
- Man United made nine changes from their midweek Carabao Cup win over Charlton, with Luke Shaw starting in central defense at the expense of Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial fit to play from the start.
- Man City made eight changes from their Carabao Cup defeat to Southampton, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden – the Etihad’s three Manchester derby scorers – starting in attack and Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji in central defence.
There was more erratic play from Ederson, who sprinted out of his area on 35 minutes only to see Rashford take it around him. Walker saved his goalkeeper by blocking Rashford’s shot on that occasion but the in-form striker ran across again moments later, this time crossing his run into the area before pushing a shot past Ederson.
City had nearly 69 per cent of the ball in that first half, but failed badly to get the ball to Haaland to test temporary centre-back Luke Shaw. Walker’s ambitious 35-yard kick that fizzed over the post just before the interval whistle came as close.
Rashford scoring streak stats
- Marcus Rashford has scored in each of his last seven matches in all competitions (8 goals in total), the first Manchester United player to do so since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2008.
- Rashford has scored in each of his last nine matches at Old Trafford, the first Manchester United player to do so since Teddy Sheringham in November 2000.
With new loan deal Wout Weghorst still seen but unavailable to play, Anthony came on at half-time for centre-forward Anthony Martial, who looked to have taken a hit, but it was City’s change of pace that made the difference.
Phil Foden was unable to find United’s pressured right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka but his replacement made an immediate impact. Kevin De Bruyne was superb in building, dribbled down the right channel from the penalty area before lofting the cross inviting Grealish to shake it in.
It was a moment that called into question Ten Hag’s decision not to bring captain Harry Maguire off the bench, who was certain to drive the menace away, and Grealish’s second Premier League goal of the season and the fifth of his City career was vital – until United’s remarkable conversion.
Casemiro’s pass to Rashford seemed to find the striker in a clear offside position but he did not touch the ball, although it was straight from his feet, and Fernandez stepped in to fire home from the edge of the penalty area. City got angry, but the video assistant referee ruled that Rashford did not touch the ball and did not affect the City defense to be in an offside state.
Moments later he had put the ball into the net himself for an eighth goal in seven matches, turning Garnacho’s low cross past Ederson from close range to send the home crowd into third, sending United into third and sending a real message about this team’s title chances. .
Guardiola: Rashford should have been offside
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola: “It’s similar to when I played in the Champions League final against Manchester United and since I’ve been here, a transitional team, with Rooney and Ronaldo…
“In the first half we weren’t in the right place when we lost the ball to avoid running. It’s a similar game we’ve played many times here, knowing the quality of the opposition and the history of this club and playing at Old Trafford.
“We missed a bit up front in terms of quality, sometimes it happens, that’s not a problem… but today was very different from Southampton and we congratulate United on the win. We’re not going to win.” [the league] every year for the next 25 years. We want to try but I want us to act this way.
“We lost the Carabao Cup three days ago, but it’s about the way we lost… I was really sad. Today I said to the players, ‘With this character, they’ve been running after us most of the time, the history of this club is transfer, they’re really good at doing it, so To control you have to sit “but that’s not the way we want to try to do it. We were close but not close enough, we missed a bit at the front but overall with the performance I’m satisfied”.
On Rashford’s offside call: Manu Akanji stops the line [of running]. If he knew he was going with Rashford, he would come back with him and do a one-on-one duel and see what happens. But he interferes with work.
“The referee decided he didn’t want to interfere on this pitch. It’s okay, what are we going to do? Are we going to file a complaint? No, congratulations on that. Sometimes it happens in our area.” [favour]. sometimes [it’s like] that. The decision is that they did not believe him [impacted the play]. Rashford was getting in on the act when this happened.
“It’s Old Trafford. We have to play better. Like at Anfield. We have to do better.
“The rule is the rule, the interpretation is up to the referee. I’d say Rashford is offside, Bruno is not. It’s up to the referees.”
When a single player launches a [another] The player is in front of the goalkeeper and does not touch the ball, it is not allowed all the time. The decision, of course [belonging to] Referees and VAR. We follow the procedure, we do not commit offside [appeal]we follow the procedure and after the procedure, either Ederson gets involved [with a save] or not.
“What can we improve? After we conceded the goal, in the next few minutes we can’t concede the next goal. We let them score. Come on, come on, come on. This is the most important detail we have to improve for the future.”
Ten Hag: The fans can dream of the title but we have a lot of improvement to do
Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag: “We’ve improved, that’s obvious. There are a lot of aspects of our game that we have to improve but we’re progressing, that’s quite obvious.
“After the first half we didn’t come out well, City changed something that caused us problems, we struggled, we tried to regain control of the first half. In the first half we played really well, very well.” [in terms of] The tactical organisation, very proactive with good mass, created good chances and chances… In the first half we should have had the lead in this game. But after the first half it was completely different, we didn’t press the ball and didn’t get control inside.
“We often talk about tactics advancing but one of the main jobs of the coaching staff is to work on the mentality of the team. This has a lot of elements and one of them is flexibility. This team is advancing [in how they] Deal with setbacks, struggles and painful moments and keep moving forward goal after goal. We are more capable of handling situations than we were two months ago.
Fans may dream [of the title] But we are not. We have to keep our feet on the ground and face that in our game [we have] Much to improve. It cannot happen that after the end of the first half we lose a lot of control in the game and go down. It is not necessary. In football, small details have a big impact and we have to keep working on that.”
Opta Stats: Manchester United’s comeback in numbers
- This is the first time Manchester City have opened the scoring after half-time and lost a Premier League match since August 2013 (2-3 against Cardiff City).
- Manchester United won the Manchester derby at Old Trafford after drawing 0-0 in the first half for the first time in the history of the English Premier League, after drawing four and losing two previously.
- Manchester City had just one shot on target, their fewest in a Premier League match under Pep Guardiola (also 1 against Stoke in March 2017, and 1 against Southampton in September 2021).
- At 18 years and 197 days, Manchester United’s Alejandro Garnacho became the youngest player to provide an assist in a Manchester derby in the Premier League.
Manchester United The next game is over Crystal Palace In the Premier League on Wednesday, live Sky Sports The start of the match is 8 pm.
Then Tin Hag’s side has a major clash in the city Arsenal On Sunday January 22nd live Sky Sports The start of the match is 4:30 pm.
Manchester City The next outing is a decisive home game against spurs In the Premier League on Thursday, live Sky Sports The start of the match is 8 pm.
Then the champions host Wolves Sunday, January 22 – 2 p.m.