Manchester Derby: shameful United defeat forces Ten Haag back to drawing board

The City of Manchester was divided on Derby day as the Citizens took on the Red Devils at Etihad. It was second versus fifth in the Barclays Premier League matchday 9.

City came into the tie on 16 points and has been unbeaten this season. It had played seven matches with a record of five wins and two draws. Manchester United visited the Etihad having overturned a disastrous start to the season that saw the club lose its first two matches. The Red Devils had played a game fewer than City and boasted a four-match win streak. From six matches, they totalled 12 points — four wins, two losses and no draws.

The first half of the Derby was frantic as City put United to the sword hitting four goals past De Gea. United on the other hand was not able to convert any of its shots. The second half was a better contest as United could score three goals, while City added an extra two. With four goals already in the bag, one could argue City took its foot off the gas pedal a bit. The game ended in 6-3.

Phil Foden opened the scoring in the eighth minute, slotting home a low cross from Bernardo Silva with his left foot. 10 minutes later, City was unlucky not to double their lead as Ilkay Gundogan's curled freekick came off the right post. City's new goal machine, Erling Haaland got himself on the scoresheet in the 34th minute with a powerful header from De Bruyne's corner.

Barely three minutes later, Haaland scored again, with an assist from the same supplier. De Bruyne's cross towards the back post matched Halaand's run as he slid in with his left foot in the 37th minute. Phil Foden piled further misery on United — a quick breakaway ended with Haaland turning provider for Foden as he clipped a pass toward the back post which Foden slid to tap home.

Anthony pulled one back for the Red Devils in the 56th minute having been let to cut in on his left foot and find the bottom right corner of Ederson's net. This was not hope enough for a comeback as City's pressure continued. Erling Halaand made a record three hat tricks in three games at the Etihad. He made the hill even steeper to climb for United as he shot into the middle of the goal from S. Gomez's low delivery in the 64th minute.

Phil Foden also got his first senior career hat trick, reducing United to rubble. Haaland had made his second assist in the 72nd minute, feeding Foden with an incisive pass which the Englishman converted with precision. Martial of United got another as he stooped to pounce upon Ederson's spill from Fred's shot.

As at the 84th minute, the scoreboard was at 6-2. Erik Ten Haag's United wasn't done fighting to make the scoreline respectable as Martial got another back from a penalty spot in the first minute of added time.

The match saw three of Ten Haag's men get booked — defenders Dalot and Malacia and midfielder Fernandes.

City remains second, a point behind Arsenal with 21 points. United dropped to sixth with a negative goal difference (-3) and a game in hand.

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