Manchester United continued their pursuit of a place in the top four by sealing a massive 2-0 win over local rivals Man City at Old Trafford today.
Today’s game began by taking on a similar pattern to other recent Manchester Derbies, Man City dominating possession and territory and United content to sit deep and attempt to hurt their rivals on the counter.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s side monopolising the ball, United would look the side more likely to score though, both Dan James and Anthony Martial firing straight at Ederson after getting in behind the City defence.
Manchester United would find the breakthrough in the 30th minute, however, Bruno Fernandes chipping a quickly taken free-kick over the head of Sergio Aguero and Martial volleyed past Ederson at his near post.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would begin the second period brightly, but as the half wore on City began to dominate and pin United back deep into their own half.
Man City were then handed the perfect chance to equalise on 76 minutes, but England international Raheem Sterling – who had not scored against United in 20 appearances before today’s game – fluffed his lines six yards from goal after a fine cross from substitute Riyad Mahrez.
United’s defence continued to perform resolutely against City’s onslaught and in the sixth minute of injury time a poor throw out from Ederson was pounced on by Scott McTominay, the Scotland international curling home into an empty net from 35 yards out to send the Old Trafford faithful wild.
Speaking afterwards, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was beaming, admitting that he feels privileged to manage United’s current squad of players and was delighted to see the connection between the players and fans at the end of the game.
”The desire, attitude, commitment, connection between fans and players pleased me most,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
”At times we pressed them, pushed them back, we tried to be aggressive.
“We made them make mistakes and we are happy with the result.
”Anthony and Bruno have hit if off. It is a privilege to be a manager of a squad with this attitude. You can’t ask for more. They are going to improve as players as well.
“Those little things will come but it is a privilege and they want to listen to advice. For our players to beat a team like Manchester City is fantastic, I am delighted for them.”
Today’s win sees United move back up to fifth in the table, three points behind Chelsea who ran out convincing 4-0 winners over Everton at Stamford Bridge earlier today.