Manchester United got their plan inch-perfect as they beat Manchester City 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed 73% possession but were undone by two moments of brilliance from their United counterparts.
First, Bruno Fernandes hooked the ball into Anthony Martial from a free-kick straight off the training ground, the Frenchman finishing past a suspect Ederson at the near post.
City’s ‘keeper was then at fault for the second goal too, throwing the ball straight into the path of Scott McTominay in the last throes of injury time. The Brazilian could only watch on as the midfielder hit it first time from distance to put the game beyond doubt.
It’s tempting to describe their victory as a smash-and-grab, but that would be a disservice to United’s work without the ball. McTominay’s clincher was absolutely justified and City cannot reasonably claim to have deserved much from the game in light of yet more defensive errors.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be particularly satisfied to see McTominay back firing on all cylinders given that he only returned to action last month after his lengthy lay-off.
The 23-year-old described it as a “sweet moment” when he caught Ederson so far off his line and saw his strike nestle into the net.
It also prompted ecstatic scenes all around the Theatre of Dreams, some of which were captured on camera by fans.
Many fans in the Stretford End remained in the ground for up to 20 minutes after the game singing and enjoying the feel good atmosphere returning to Old Trafford.
There’s nothing like a derby win, even one that edges Liverpool a step closer to lifting the title.
United now look in a great position to end the season on a high as they hunt down the Champions League spots.
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