Marcus Rashford was once again in electric form as Manchester United beat bitter rivals Manchester City 2-1 this evening at the Etihad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side started confidently and soon found themselves creating clear cut chances, with Man City’s patched up backline unable to deal with United’s pace and precision on the counter.
By the time in-form attacker Marcus Rashford put Manchester United ahead from the penalty spot on 24 minutes few could deny that the visitors deserved their lead, and they would soon find themselves two to the good, via a tidy left-footed strike from Anthony Martial.
Despite Man City pilling on the pressure United held out resolutely until the 85th minute when Nicolas Otamendi powered home a header from a corner to set up a tense finish.
Guardiola’s men threw the kitchen sink at United in the final stages, but Solskjaer’s side held on for an impressive win, that sees the club remain in fifth place in the Premier League table.
Can’t beat a derby win. Stood up to EVERYTHING thrown at us & got what we deserved.
Manchester = 🔴 pic.twitter.com/al5nnmkCd3
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) December 7, 2019
Speaking after the game Rashford admitted it had been a tough victory and called on his teammates to maintain the level they showed during the opening 30 minutes for longer periods.
“We could have had more goals and really seen the game out,” Rashford told Sky Sports.
”It is a tough win and sometimes they do more for you as a team and will help us going forward.
“That first 30 minutes was terrific and what we played to do, the challenge is if we can do that for 80 or 90 minutes.
United’s players celebrated jubilantly with their fans after the game and local lad Rashford admitted there is no better feeling.
“It’s class, nothing gets better than that feeling. You can’t top that. Happy for fans but challenge is keep that consistency.”