Marcus Rashford scored the winner as Manchester United got here from behind to beat Manchester Metropolis 2-1 and go third within the Premier League in an exciting remaining at Previous Trafford on Saturday.
Each United’s targets got here within the remaining 12 minutes as Erik ten Hag’s aspect moved to inside some extent of their native rivals within the desk after Metropolis’s hopes of to retain the title.
Pep Guardiola’s males seemed set for victory when Jack Grealish got here off the bench to fireside the guests into the lead.
However Bruno Fernandes’ controversial equalizer turned the sport round and 4 minutes later Rashford scored for the ninth time in a row at Previous Trafford.
Metropolis may now fall eight factors clear if Arsenal beat Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby.
The win for United was candy revenge after being hammered 6-3 when the 2 sides met in October.
The scoreline was even in United’s favor on the Etihad thanks to 2 late targets from Anthony Martial.
Nevertheless, Ten Hag’s males have misplaced simply as soon as in 19 video games since beginning a powerful turnaround within the Dutch coach’s first season in cost.
The introduction of Casemiro has modified United’s midfield for the reason that final Manchester derby and Ten Hag’s determination to play Fred alongside fellow Brazilian worldwide has minimize Metropolis’s provide line for Erling Haaland.
Rashford’s revival displays United’s turnaround. The England worldwide has scored 16 instances this season.
– Rashford threatens –
Rashford’s tempo on the again was the largest risk both aspect introduced within the first half and he ought to have accomplished higher after rounding Ederson as an alternative of permitting Kyle Walker to clear line.
Rashford then broke free and headed it past Rodri, however once more the end was not sufficient as Ederson rapidly cleared his line.
United’s new mortgage signing Wout Weghorst seemed within the stands and Martial’s lackluster efficiency earlier than changing Antony at half-time highlighted Ten’s want Hag to get extra superior choices.
In distinction, Metropolis are blessed with an abundance of expertise within the remaining third and Guardiola’s potential to make game-changing substitutions appears to have turned the sport of their favor.
Grealish was on the pitch for simply three minutes earlier than scoring the largest aim of his Metropolis profession thus far as he headed house Kevin De Bruyne’s cross on the hour mark.
However Metropolis have struggled this season to match the consistency that has seen them win 4 Premier League titles prior to now 5 years and was spoiled by a controversial equaliser.
Rashford was clearly out of types as he bumped into Casemiro’s pocket, however failed to the touch the ball and let Fernandes sweep house.
The assistant referee initially flagged it as offside and Metropolis have been livid on the determination to let the aim stand.
Metropolis have been nonetheless reeling once they conceded once more when Alejandro Garnacho broke down the left and crossed for Rashford to go house from distance.
There was nonetheless time for Metropolis to really feel angrier at referee Stuart Attwell as Haaland noticed the penalty name.
However the champions have an enormous job on their fingers if they’re to keep up their dominance of English soccer within the Guardiola period.