Manchester City vs Manchester United is always an enthralling encounter and this one was more special because of its importance in the battle of top four.
Manchester City lineup (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo (Willy Caballero, 79′); Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksander Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Fernandinho; Raheem Sterling (Gabriel Jesus, 86′), Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane (Jesus Navas, 79′); Sergio Aguero.
Manchester United lineup (4-3-3): David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian; Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini; Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Tim Fosu-Mensah, 86′), Marcus Rashford (Ashley Young, 90’+2′), Anthony Martial (Jesse Lingard, 79′).
Yellow cards: Fellaini (83′), Jesus (89′).
Red card: Fellaini (84′).
Mourinho had a lot of injury worries to work on before the high voltage Manchester City vs Manchester United fixture, with Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all out for this fixture. As a consequence, Blind, Fellaini and Martial got the nod to start in this game.
Manchester City got their first break as early as in the eighth minute. De Bruyne managed to send an exquisite cross to an onrushing Aguero inside the box. But, to the dismay of the home fans, the charismatic striker failed to keep it inside the goal from a stone-throw distance. On the other end, at the stroke of 24th minute, United almost got a lucky breakthrough. It was a terrible mistake from Bravo, but luckily that did not fell on the path of Herrera right away. Instead, Mkhitaryan got the chance to shoot at the goal, but Bravo recovered himself on time to save the scare for his side.
For the rest of the first half, Manchester City kept better possessions, but they failed to break the deadlock, owing to a composed and resilient defense of the visitors. De Gea had to pull off two stunning saves as well, and in the end, the first 45 minutes finished goalless.
Guardiola’s men started the second half in a spirited fashion. They kept more than 70% possession for the first part and kept on attacking with all their might. However, the goal was yet to come until the 83rd minute, when, all on a sudden the day looked brighter for the home side.
It was a simple yellow card offense from Fellaini who tackled Aguero in the midfield. But then, the Belgian decided to give a headbutt to the Argentine and it took the referee seconds to flash a red card to the offender. With that marching order, Fellaini left the pitch and United were stranded with ten men to hold on to the goalless draw for ten more minutes. And then, during the dying moments, Jesus managed to head home a perfect cross from Aguero, but the linesman identified it correctly as an offside. In the end, the score of Manchester City vs Manchester United remained 0-0 at the Etihad.
Manchester City vs Manchester United highlights:
Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Statistics:
|Manchester City||Manchester United|
|Shots (on target)||19 (6)||3 (1)|
|Passes played (accuracy)||556 (86%)||199 (69%)|
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