07 Mar Shaw, Martial each 8/10 as Man United win derby, snap Metropolis’s 21-game profitable streak
Manchester United ended Manchester Metropolis’s run of 21 consecutive wins with a deserved 2-Zero win within the Premier League on the Etihad Stadium.
A 12 months to the day after beating Manchester Metropolis 2-Zero at Previous Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males did it once more — this time on enemy territory. At this time’s victory reduces Metropolis’s lead on the high to 11 factors.
United flew out of the traps and surprised Metropolis within the opening exchanges, incomes a penalty after simply 35 seconds. Anthony Martial dribbled right into a crowded Metropolis field and was clipped by Gabriel Jesus earlier than Bruno Fernandes stepped as much as convert from the spot. The guests regarded full of life however could not sustain the strain. Metropolis had a few half-chances, however finally grew into the sport and dominated the possession for the remainder of the primary half.
Nonetheless, United bought the decisive second shortly after the break when, after Dean Henderson launched Luke Shaw on the left, the left-back mixed with Marcus Rashford to rifle in a low effort. Metropolis regarded leggy and had been unable to reply, and as an alternative United regarded extra more likely to prolong their lead; Martial lacking a golden alternative so as to add gloss to the scoreline.
United defended nicely and restricted Metropolis to long-range efforts from exterior the realm, to which Dean Henderson was equal. Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Ilay Gundogan had been all stored quiet all through, and the Reds regarded harmful on the break. The proper away efficiency.
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The harm to Marcus Rashford can be of some concern. The England man seemed to be struggling all through the sport at occasions after which limped off after 70 minutes.
Supervisor score out of 10
8 — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began with just about the identical facet that beat Metropolis 2-Zero a 12 months in the past, and his males delivered the identical consequence. Aside from a 30-minute spell within the first half, United had been the higher facet. They had been strong on the again and all the time harmful on the counter: Solksjaer bought this one spot on.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Dean Henderson, 7 — The Englishman was nicely positioned to save lots of twice from Gundogan, and once more when Oleksandr Zinchenko hit a zinger from simply exterior the sting of the realm. He regarded very snug all through and began United’s counter-attack for the second with a terrific throw to Shaw. Parried a late strike in harm time, too.
DF Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 7 — Wan-Bissaka appears to like enjoying towards Raheem Sterling and as soon as once more managed to maintain the England winger quiet. Sterling did not even try and take him on, as an alternative choosing the go as an alternative.
DF Victor Lindelof, 7 — He made a sequence of blocks and challenges to disclaim Gabriel Jesus, first when the Brazilian shot from simply inside the realm and once more when he minimize in from the left.
DF Harry Maguire, 8 — A particularly strong efficiency from Maguire, who was all the time in the best place on the proper time and confirmed nice positional consciousness. The defending was a bit erratic in the direction of the top, however the low block with Lindelof was extraordinarily efficient.
DF Luke Shaw, 8 — The left-back had a terrific probability to make it 2-Zero within the opening minutes however did make it 2-Zero early within the second half. He began and completed a advantageous transfer through which he linked with Rashford earlier than scoring with a low effort. Had a tricky process holding Riyad Mahrez quiet however was once more spectacular.
MF Scott McTominay, 7 — McTominay was responsible of giving the ball away too simply on event, however along with Fred, efficiently stored De Bruyne and Gundogan comparatively quiet. He was up and down the pitch and labored onerous all through.
MF Fred, 6 — Fred and McTominay had been typically wasteful in possession however they marshalled the realm in entrance of United’s again 4 very nicely. Fred’s urgent was excellent, however his passing erratic.
MF Daniel James, 6 — United’s right-hand facet was efficient, with James linking nicely with Wan-Bissaka. Whereas he was strong, he did not all the time make the very best choice within the ultimate third. On one event, he shot when he had Fernandes and Martial in extra space.
MF Bruno Fernandes, 6 — The Portuguese midfielder surprised the hosts by scoring from the penalty spot within the first minute. He had a quiet recreation thereafter, as he wasn’t all the time in a position to sustain with United’s counter-attacks.
FW Marcus Rashford, 7 — Rashford was all the time concerned when United countered and Metropolis regarded terrified when he was working at their defence with the ball at his toes. His decision-making and contact had been off, and he appeared to shoot when he ought to have handed and handed when he ought to have shot.
FW Anthony Martial, 8 — The Frenchman earned his facet a penalty contained in the opening 35 seconds, working right into a melee of Metropolis gamers and getting caught by Jesus. He all the time regarded harmful on the counter, and he noticed a superb probability to make it three well-saved by Ederson. In the end, he held the ball up nicely and was excellent when advancing United up the pitch.
MF Mason Greenwood, N/R — Greenwood took up a place on the best that noticed James transfer to the left. His greatest contribution got here in his personal space when he blocked Phil Foden at shut vary.
MF Nemanja Matic N/R — Introduced on to shut the sport out, he did not see a lot of the ball, however his presence added one other physique to guard United’s half.
MF Brandon Williams, N/R — Introduced on little doubt as a time-wasting train, the native lad will little doubt have loved getting a style of a derby victory.