Earlier today, the English Premier League witnessed a top of the table clash as rivals Manchester United and Manchester City went head-to-head with each other at United’s home stadium of Old Trafford. The two teams have been on a tremendous form as of lately, United have been unbeaten for a total of 40 games at home and City have been on a 13 match winning streak. It was all to play for at Old Trafford on Sunday.
City started off the match in a much more attacking manner and also received a few free kicks and has a few clear chances to score a goal within the first 40 minutes of the game, however, United’s defense was resilient enough to see off the Man City attack which was mostly led by Spaniard David Silva. Mourinho men might have been able to fend off the Man City attack in the first half but, the deadlock was indeed broken by David Silva in the 43rd minute who scored a pretty easy opening goal from six yards out. But, with just four minutes remaining in the half Manchester United did not lose hope as they looked for an immediate answer, which they got during the added time of the second half, as Marcus Rashford elegantly played the ball past Ederson, following a defensive blunder from Argentine center back Nicolas Otamendi. The first half ended with the scores level at 1-1.
As the second half began, it did not take long for City to regain their lead as Otamendi made up for his blunder and scored the second goal of the match and gave Pep Guardiola’s side the 2-1 lead, in the 53rd minute. As the clock ticked down, Jose Mourinho was in a desperate need of the hero and in came former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who received a massive cheer from the crowd. However, Ibra also was not able to save his side as Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was almost unbeatable in the second half as he made some scintillating saves during the final minutes of the match favour match ended 2-1 in favor of Manchester City, who extended their unbeaten run to 14 and ended United’s unbeaten home run in 40 games.
Manchester United vs Manchester City starting line-ups:
Manchester United: David De Gea, Antonio Valencia (C), Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus.
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