– Man City vs Man United ended 2-0 in favour of the Red Devils at the Etihad Stadium
– Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored in each half to make the difference in the game
– United returned to second on the log but are still 11 points behind their city rivals
A goal each from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw was all Man United needed on Sunday evening, March 7, to end Man City’s 21-game unbeaten run across competitions.
United went into the 185th edition of the Manchester Derby played at Etihad Stadium with the hope of returning to winning ways having faltered against Crystal Palace in midweek.
Buoyed by their impressive run since December, City on the other hand were looking to take another step forward in their push for Premier League glory.
Pep Guardiola’s men had won 15 straight Premier League matches to open a 13-point advantage atop the standings.
However, they were unable to build on the momentum, falling to a resolute United side who made the best from the few chances they created.
The visitors wasted no time to take the lead, with Bruno Fernandes firing his side’s opener inside the second minute from the penalty spot after Ilkay Gundogan tripped Anthony Martial in the area.
Despite their dominance, City were unable to break United’s stubborn defence as the half ended in the advantage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Rodri had a chance to draw the hosts level shortly after the break when he was set up by Gabriel Jesus but his effort rattled the crossbar.
United doubled their advantage via Luke Shaw in the 50th minute, with the Englishman slotting home with a low cross after an excellent counterattack initiated by Dean Henderson.
Anthony Martial should have put the game to bed in the 69th minute with just the goalkeeper to beat only for the Frenchman to direct his effort towards Ederson who had no problem taking care of it.
Efforts by The Citizens to return into the game proved futile, with United standing their ground to protect the two-goal advantage.
The win was enough to send the Old Trafford dwellers to second having momentarily dropped to third at the expense of Leicester City.
Man City, meanwhile, remain top on the charts with 65 points with 10 games left to end the season.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Man United number one David De Gea has been given six game leave to attend to the birth of his with first child his pop star partner Edurne, Daily Mail.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided that it would be better if the 30-year-old stayed with his family until after the international break.
It is understood that the Spaniard has returned to his native home and has temporarily left his position for Dean Henderson.
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