Manchester City prevails in crucial and intense face-off with United

Manchester City beat United 2-1, moving 11 points in the Premier league race and breaking an EPL single – season record with 14 consecutive wins in a wild, hard fought, thriller match at Old Trafford.

“They scored two goals that were unbelievable to concede”, United’s manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports.
David Silva stroked it with the left in the bottom right after a corner at the 42nd. Before, City’s Sterling, Fernandinho and Jesus all had chances but missed. Just before the end of the first, United’s Rashford quickly answered back finding the net from the centre of the box at the 46th. That was his 9th goal in all competitions: along with Martial, he’s responsible for over 50% of United’s goals this season.

But the decisive score was delivered by Otamendi, who extended the lead at the beginning of the second half, sealing the victory for City.

Man United played a tight, toe to toe defence throughout the game, whereas City aggressively tested the opposition’s area and spent quite some time there, averaging 65% of the ball’s possession and dominating touches.

United’s pressing against City’s attack was not easy to referee, with a combined 26 fouls and constant rough tackles.

United’s Herrera nearly caused a scuffle after complaining about what he thought was a missed foul. He was booked too. “The referee made a mistake”, Mourinho said after the game.

United’s Rojo and City’s Silva clashed heads at the 34th , with the latter bleeding and laying on the field. Both players were able to continue however, but Rojo was substituted for Lindelöf after being shown a yellow card.

United’s Degea provided a terrific save at the 70th and City’s Santana displayed incredible goalkeeping skills by stopping Lukaku at the 84th, who had a massive opportunity.

 

Picture taken from: Metro.co.uk

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