MANCHESTER — Marcus Rashford get a score in a seventh consecutive game as Manchester United subvert a 1-0 deficit to beat champ Manchester City 2-1, but it was a controversial spinning in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
After a confinement first half, Jack Grealish‘s opener appeared to have set City on track win against United for a Premier League.
But Bruno Fernandes‘ equaliser — squeeze in with Rashford obviously offside next to him — trimmed the scores and Rashford’s winning four minutes later enclosed a big win for the home side. But the ash will not sit back on this one for some time.
1. United in the title match after controversial win against City
Manchester United are now in the Premier League title match after counter attack from a goal down over City to transfer within six points of heads Arsenal — whom they play a week on Sunday at the Emirates.
United’s failure to take advantage on a number of first-half opportunities emerged to have cost them quite much when the fill-in Grealish going City into the front from a Kevin De Bruyne cross on 60 minutes, in one of the most dramatic Manchester derbies in current times.
But by Fernandes’ controversial equaliser on 78 minutes put Man United back in the game and triggered anger within the City rankings. With Rashford obviously offside when the ball was going down to the middle, the United carry on charged through but giving the ball to Fernandes to make the score from 20 yards and then the offside flag was raised. But the game referee Stuart Attwell rejected his assistant because Rashford did not in fact touch the ball, while showing to disturb the play next to his teammate.
Then, Rashford added another offend to injury 4 minutes later as he get his post-World Cup counting to eight goals in seven games by scoring for the winner from a really close distance.
It was an amazing finish and, after withstand to win the game, United now mobilize to inside a point of the champs City, while Erik ten Hag’s team find out that a win at the Emirates next week will make them remarkably in the title race. United are the only team that can beat Arsenal this season, winning 3-2 at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign.
United have rebound impressively under Ten Hag, because they have lost 6-3 from City in October, and this achievement was a sign of their exceptional progress under the past Ajax coach.
In turn, City’s beat out highlighted interests for Pep Guardiola’s team. This was their second direct loss following a shocking Carabao Cup beat out at Southampton in the middle of the week and they now face a fight to dodge finishing below Man United for the first time since 2013.
2. Guardiola have to fix away-day rudeness
Manchester City have an extraordinary array of attacking skill, but Guardiola will be focused about their deficiency of a cutting edge away from home. It expense them the points in this game.
Grealish’s header facing United was only City’s sixth goal in their last 8 games in all event and half of that came in a 3-1 win at Leeds last month.
One doctrine in the game about City’s comparative crudity away from home is that teams have managed most of the menace comes from Erling Haaland, so the goal becomes all about stopping the Norway internationally and cutting off his provided line. And that oncoming has worked. Haaland goaled twice facing Leeds at Elland Road, but those scores were his first away from home goal since September.
The past Borussia Dortmund proceed was serene facing United to the point of being nameless. And even though United were always vigilant of the impedence he posed, they savvy that City don’t strike in the same wave-after-wave style that they ever did under Guardiola.
The resolution only came when Kevin De Bruyne blast into the penalty sector and cross over to the far station for Grealish to goal on 60 minutes.
If City are to captured Arsenal at the peak of the table, they will need to exacerbate and made more goals away from home because they are in hazardous of losing track to the top.
3. Martial wearing out of choices at United
Anthony Martial endured just 45 minutes of the game and it’s natural to say that the United proceed will not own quite much to watch out back on when he plans this derby.
The 27-year-old player started as a sole striker in a 4-2-3-1 forming and contributed nothing outside diverging offside too usual and sparking the home bolsters when he unsuccessful to press City goalkeeper Ederson when the Brazil internationally was permitted time and room to vivid the ball.
Martial has been one of the major survivors at United since coming from Monaco in August 2015, but many people would recommend he is still living by the memories of a outstanding debut score facing Liverpool a month later.
Since then, he has been a mess up player, permanently failure to exist to his goods and both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried and unsuccessful to dismantle him during their spells as United manager.
Martial is now in his eighth season at Old Trafford, but his show facing City emphasized the conviction that his days are now counted under Erik ten Hag.
The loan execution of Wout Weghorst will put strain on Martial for his position in the team, while in the long range, United has already scheming to sign a world-class centre-forward in the summer. But with just three league scores so far this season, it is clear the Martial isn’t up to necessity at United and his miserable performance facing City proved it.