Manchester United ’s first half display against Manchester City saw an astounding record for Pep Guardiola’s side finally come to an end.
City had just the solitary shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes which, according to Opta, was the lowest number of efforts on target they have had since the October 2018 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
It was also the first time City had lost a league game in March under Guardiola.
United ultimately emerged victorious from the derby, with Anthony Martial’s strike and a late effort from Scott McTominay proving to be the difference between the two sides.
McTominay’s goal was an excellent 35-yard strike after City goalkeeper Ederson’s poor throw went straight to the Scotland international and allowed him to slam the ball into an empty net.
Speaking after the game, McTominay said: “That was such a sweet moment. Credit to the boys. Sticky first 20 minutes and we had to keep going.
“We will take confidence from that but in the coming weeks we have got to keep the run going.
“It’s such a beautiful feeling to score like that in front of the fans. But we can’t get too carried away and need to keep pushing for the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, ex-United striker Dion Dublin was full of praise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming the Norwegian got his tactics “absolutely spot on”.
“United played really well,” Dublin told BBC Radio 5 Live. “They did not go out just to not lose – they went out to win the game. ]
“ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got this one absolutely spot on. The way they closed out the game was absolutely brilliant. Manchester United deserved that win.”
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However, City’s performance was summed up by Bernardo Silva, who labelled the display unacceptable.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Portuguese said: “It was a bad game for us. Not acceptable. We didn’t start badly and were playing quite well until we conceded.
“We know how good the Manchester United players are on the counter-attack, very aggressive. So our performance was not acceptable.
“We will have to watch the game back and listen to what Pep has to say. But a team like ours cannot lose this many games. We need to check what’s not going right and try not to make so many mistakes.”
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