Premier League (9th day): City humiliates United in the Manchester derby


This Sunday, October 2, 2022 will remain engraved in the history of the Manchester derby. After an extraordinary performance, the Citizens crushed United in the wake of an Erling Haaland who scored three goals (34th, 37th, 64th) and two assists. Phil Foden also went there with his hat-trick (8th, 43rd, 72nd). Led 4-0 at the break, the Red Devils took advantage of the opponent’s slight relaxation to reduce the gap thanks to Antony (56th) and a double from Anthony Martial (84th, 90th sp). Not enough to mitigate the slap inflicted by City which amounts to one point from Arsenal at the top of the championship.

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14 goals in 8 games for Haaland

We knew that Erling Haaland had successfully adapted to the Premier League, and he confirmed it this Sunday by displaying all his class for his first derby. Set back at the start of the match, the son of Alf-Inge saw Phil Foden open the scoring (8th) before taking matters into his own hands. A double (34th, 37th) on two caviars from Kevin De Bruyne, two brilliant assists for Foden (43rd, 72nd) and a last goal for the hat-trick (64th): the Norwegian did it all. He thus signed his third hat-trick at home in a row in the Premier League, which had never been done, and now has 14 goals in 8 games. Monumental.

Opposite, United could not do anything. Much too tender, the two laterals Malacia and Dalot experienced a ordeal, while the midfielder never knew how to hold the ball or put enough intensity to shake up Pep Guardiola’s artists. Erik ten Hag’s choice to do without Casemiro, replacing at kick-off and sitting next to Cristiano Ronaldo, did not pay off.

Manchester City – Manchester United

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Varane out through injury

Dominated throughout the first period, the Red Devils got away with it until the decisive injury of Raphaël Varane. The Frenchman was injured while countering a strike, leaving his teammates at 10 on the second goal (34th, 2-0) before being too reduced to defend correctly on the third (37th, 3-0). The world champion ended up leaving his place. Bad news for his team but also for the Blues, who will scrutinize the duration of his potential unavailability.

At 4-0 at the break, City slowed the pace, which allowed the visitors to symbolically reduce the score thanks to the rebellion of the entrants. But the damage was done, and most of the red supporters had left the stands at the break. This defeat is likely to hurt United very badly, who remained on four victories but who had not played in the league for a month. They remain 6th, 5 points from the podium, and 8 from their executioner of the day. City are not league leaders, but the message got through.

Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United finished the derby with their heads down, Sunday October 2, 2022. / Ligue 1

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