Last Sunday’s derby was a tough task for Manchester United as their season has been nothing short of mediocre. With controversy revolving around their manager and players and their rivals looking to gain momentum with their upcoming Champions League match with PSG, the Red Devils brought their fans back to the old days of glory.
Young Star Rising
Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford scored again as Manchester United won 1-0 at Manchester City on Sunday to reignite their top-four challenge and push away their derby rivals’ Premier League title hopes. Rashford took his tally to five goals in eight first-team appearances, this makes him the youngest ever Manchester derby goal scorer at the age of 18 years and 141 days.
United took the lead in the 16th minute through a brilliant piece of skill from Rashford. After being played in by Juan Mata, the 18-year-old left Martin Demichelis on the deck with a neat turn before coolly slotting past Hart.
United thought they should have had a penalty in first-half stoppage time when Demichelis appeared to step into Rashford’s path, but referee Michael Oliver waved away the claims. Players from both sides clashed over the incident but no player was booked.
Hart and Sterling Injured
A few moments after Rashford’s stunner, City then lost Sterling just before the half-hour mark after he picked up a knock in a challenge with Mata.
Hart was forced off shortly after half-time after he was involved in a collision with Anthony Martial, who was chasing down Demichelis’ poor back pass. City started to increase the pressure looking for an equaliser as Sergio Aguero headed against the post before Wilfried Bony missed his kick in front of goal.
But there was no way back into the game as United moved level on points with fifth-placed West Ham, and to within just one point of City in the final Champions League berth.
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