Except for cataclysm, everything indicates that City will win the Premier but United wanted to indulge in the derby. He signed an undeniable triumph in the Etihad, a scenario that has been appropriated since he arrived Solskjaer to the club. The Norwegian has won the three times he has appeared at the home of Guardiola, proof that the anecdote has derived in custom. Much merit for a team that showed its face to confirm itself in second place and to break the streak of City (0-2).
Half a minute was enough to register an awkwardness of Gabriel Jesus. The ram tripped Martial in the attempt to recover a ball in his own area, not used to taking care of these tasks. Irreflexive gesture of the Brazilian, more impetuous than the march of the derby itself. Did not err Bruno fernandes, a United artist who has regained ground in Manchester. Now at least he competes, dares and rubs shoulders with rivals the size of City.
Solskjaer He has found the password to unlock every encounter he leads at the Etihad. This afternoon, without From Gea neither Cavani, he put together a team with unwavering self-esteem. The Norwegian compressed the inner zone with many footballers to reduce the field of influence of Gündogan and of De Bruyne. Canceling these two geniuses was a success for a United that from the commitment and the aid did not suffer much in the first half in which Henderson only appeared once.
United had watched at all times a City that did not find the vanishing point on the outside either. Displaced, dazed by circumstances, the picture of Guardiola made a feint to enter the clash with a good shot of Rodri that crashed into the crossbar. He stayed at that, in a feint, because his neighbor’s game plan was imposed. The one of a United that intimidates every time it has space, expert in blurring its rivals on the backlash.
From one of those races the 0-2 was born. Shaw, a footballer who has gone from ostracism to glory, pressured since the arrival of Alex Telles, the court was toured from end to end to punish City. Titanic in the Etihad, the winger teamed up with Rashford to define with such quality that Ederson he could only make the statue. A true reflection of a desolate team, a caricature of the one that chained a tremendous streak that was cut off in the derby.
Forced to risk, City had no choice but to accept the round trip of a match in which United always had the best chances. Martial had the sentence, reduced by a good hand of Ederson. Treatment Guardiola to shake the team with the input of Foden, meaningful message for Omen. Not even in that context did the Argentine international enter, without much rennet this season in which he has barely left his signature.
City did not reengage in the derby, denied time and again by a United that has learned to play these types of dates with the ease of yesteryear. It may not give him yet to win the Premier but with Solskjaer He has taken a firm step forward. The Norwegian’s three consecutive wins at the Etihad highlight the rebuilding work of a club that seems fed up with seeing its neighbor win. The derby is once again for United, which avoids the final punch on the City table in England.
Manchester City, 0
Ederson; Cancelo (Walker, 65 ‘), Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gündogan; Mahrez Sterling, Gabriel Jesus (Foden, 70 ‘)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Manchester United, 2
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Bruno Fernandes (Williams, 93 ‘), Rashford (Greenwood, 73’); Martial (Matic, 87 ‘)
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Goals: 0-1, Bruno Fernandes (2 ‘), 0-2, Shaw (49’)
Referee: Anthony Taylor. He admonished Maguire (32 ‘), Shaw (58’), Henderson (60 ‘)