A dazzling performance from Pep Guardiola’s team resulted in a 6-goal triumph for Man City at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a hatrick from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland.
100 seconds into the match, Diogo Dalot picked up the first yellow card of the Manchester derby for a foul on Grealish.
A few minutes later Erling Haaland’s header for a goal caused a problem for the Red Devils, but United managed to stop it with some outstanding last-ditch defence from Scott McTominay, who first blocked and then cleared the line.
Phil Foden deftly converted a cross from Bernardo Silva with his left foot to give the home team the lead after punishing Manchester United’s sloppy possession.
Many more attempts came in later to make it two as United were completely out-muscled, with IIkay Gundogan’s free-kick hitting the post.
19 minutes from the Kick-off, Foden came close to scoring again, but the chance was futile
Later, Haaland grabbed his goal from a corner with United temporarily down to 10 men following Varane’s injury. Tyrell Malacia didn’t clear the ball in time, which gave the former Dortmund player his 12th goal of the season.
At the 37th minute, the 22-year-old doubled the lead for Manchester City with a quick brace.
Few minutes to the end of the embarrassing first half for the red devils, The Norwegian turned provider to set up Foden’s second.
United’s Antony kicked off the second half in an excellent fashion by cutting inside from the right wing and curling a stunning shot past Ederson’s.
At the 64th minute, Erling intercepted Sergio Gomez’s cross, who was hiding between the center-backs, and he firmly side-footed it in, giving the Norwegian the first player to record a hat-trick in three straight home games
8 minutes later, Phil Foden, who had the magnificent forward assist him, fired from within the penalty box, adding more salt to United’s wound.
Martial, who was brought on as a substitute, scored another consolation goal with a few minutes remaining in the game after Ederson parried a shot from Fred.
The French International, Martial pulled another one back from the penalty spot at the Injury time helping Manchester United limit the damage.
Manchester City are now three points clear of Tottenham and one point behind Arsenal.
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