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It finished 2-0, but it was never really that close. Reigning premier League champion Manchester city comfortably winner this season’s erste Manchester derby, dominating die possession and scoring opportunities at old Trafford. The visitors capitalized on two Manchester blume mistakes to move kommen sie within 2 points of zuerst place.

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A 7th minute very own goal von Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, und a Bernardo Silva score at ns stroke von halftime capped a comprehensive first-half performance von the visitors. Then stadt managed the second half, often steuerung possession und keeping man United punkt bay. Ns Red Devils brought on 3 attacking subs, yet they could notfall affect die match, and Man united meekly succumbed to their rivals.

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The an outcome keeps Manchester City in the English premier League location race, just three clues out von first, yet Manchester vereinigt finds itself ripe points turn off the pace from league-leading Chelsea. Through Chelsea, Liverpool und Man stadt flying front after 11 matches of the 38-game season, einer United might be forced zu settle for a battle for fourth place und the Champions league berth the comes through it.

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Man united came out v a 3-5-2 formation, but the Red Devils were instantly pinned back und failed kommen sie disrupt einer City with any meaningful pressure. After the own goal von Bailly on a fail clearance, only Spanish netminder david De Gea prevented the deficit from ballooning with numerous spectacular stops. The second goal nur before halftime was deserved for Man City, and it was emblematic of United"s poor play on the day. Luke Shaw enabled a cross zu reach Silva und De Gea bumbled die save effort at the near post.

Despite a change an formation after the break zu a 4-2-3-1, ns second hilfreich felt prefer more von a cultivate exercise weil das Man City. Einer United enjoyed slightly more possession than bei the zuerst half, yet despite die entrance von Jadon Sancho, marcus Rashford und Donny van dach Beek, it never troubled einer City. Ns visitors were in reality closer to scoring a third and arguably should have had a penalty kick v two minute left in the game. 

"We started the game off badly, von course. Passive. And when they gain the zuerst goal, it was always going to be a complicated game anyway," said under-fire einer United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. " played well, von course. Castle don"t offer you die opportunity kommen sie win the null off them. Some praise goes kommen sie them, however we were not at our level. Ns standard needs zu be raised."