Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

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    The Premier League halts for two weeks for the international break. When it resumes, United take on Watford on the road on 21 November, while City host Everton on the same day.

    Manchester City ease their way to a 2-0 win over Manchester United in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford. An own goal from Eric Bailly put the visitors ahead in the early stages of the contest before Bernardo Silva added a second on the stroke of half-time. City could have added to the scoreline, but were denied by David de Gea and the post when Phil Foden clipped an effort off the frame. City are back on track and move two points behind Chelsea at the top of the table.

    90′ + 5′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY

    90′ + 4′ Stones rises to clear a dangerous cross from Fernandes away from Ronaldo. City are determined to keep a clean sheet.

    90′ + 2′ City are going to see this one out with ease. United have not laid a glove on them in the second half.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Yellow Card

    Manchester United

    90′ Ronaldo catches De Bruyne with a late challenge on the right flank and goes into the book.

    89′ Silva releases Cancelo down the left flank and he fires a dangerous ball into the middle that travels through the legs of De Gea, but is not converted by the visitors.

    88′ Jesus takes on Telles down the right flank and goes down under pressure from the left-back. The referee points for a corner and VAR confirms that the defender just got a touch on the ball in his challenge with the Brazilian.

    86′ WIDE! Rodri rises to knock down the resulting corner from Foden into the six-yard box. Stones tries to shoot on the turn, but places his effort wide of the target.

    85′ Cancelo probes down the left flank and he wins a corner off the legs of McTominay, who has to clear his cross behind.

    83′ Wan-Bissaka makes an error at the back to lose out to Cancelo. However, the Portuguese turns away from the box rather than towards goal to spare te United full-back.

    81′ OFF THE POST! Foden almost puts the game away for the visitors, but he glances the outside of the left post with a low strike after being played through on goal by De Bruyne.

    D. van de Beek

    Fred

    Manchester United

    80′ Van de Beek enters the action to replace Fred in the United midfield. He gets a warm reception from the home fans.

    80′ United press down the right flank and send a series of cross into the box, but Dias and Stones hold firm to clear their lines.

    78′ It is all too easy for City at the moment. United cannot push into their rivals’ half amid the press from the visitors.

    76′ CHANCE! De Bruyne latches on to a clearance from Telles following a Gundogan cross into the box, but he slices his first-time volley well wide of the target.

    Alex Telles

    L. Shaw

    Manchester United

    73′ Shaw goes down for a second time and the United medical staff take no chances. Telles replaces the England man at left-back.

    72′ McTominay brings down Gundogan on the charge, handing City a free-kick in a useful position.

    70′ Shaw is back on the pitch for the home side and is willing to continue after his blow to the head.

    69′ Shaw is down for the home side after a collision with Rodri. He receives treatment on the field and may have to make way here.

    M. Rashford

    M. Greenwood

    Manchester United

    67′ Rashford enters the action to replace Greenwood in the final third.

    67′ WIDE! De Bruyne lifts a dangerous cross into the box from the right flank. Gundogan peels off his marker, but he takes a poor first touch before slamming his attempt into the side-netting.

    66′ Wan-Bissaka and Cancelo collide for a 50/50 down the left flank, but the City man comes away with possession.

    64′ City have their foot on the ball once more and the red shirts are chasing shadows around the pitch.

    62′ Foden collects on the left flank after City string several passes together in the United half. The England man delivers a low cross into the box that Lindelof diverts behind ahead of Gundogan.

    60′ United try to apply a press to the City defence, but Fernandes comes in too hard on Walker and gives away a foul.

    59′ WIDE! Greenwood drops his shoulder from the right flank and cuts inside to shoot on his left foot, but he places his effort wide of the right post.

    Bernardo Silva

    Yellow Card

    Manchester City

    58′ Silva catches Ronaldo with a late challenge and goes into the book. 

    56′ The visitors seem quite content to let United have a period of possession. It will bring the Red Devils forward and leave opportunities on the break.

    54′ City have space on the break through De Bruyne before he spreads the ball to the left flank. Foden offloads to Gundogan on the charge, and the German somehow flicks it across goal, but there’s no one there to attack the cross.

    52′ A concern for Solskjaer as Fernandes goes down after trying to press the City defence. He is clutching his hip, but appears to be okay.

    49′ Fernandes launches the resulting free-kick into the box, but his cross evades all the United players in the City box and out for a goal-kick.

    João Cancelo

    Yellow Card

    Manchester City

    48′ Greenwood has a run at Cancelo down the right flank and goes down after being tripped. Cancelo goes into the book.

    46′ We’re back under way at Old Trafford. 

    J. Sancho

    E. Bailly

    Manchester United

    46′ Sancho replaces Bailly at the break. United may switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

    United were booed off the pitch at half-time by their fans. It has been a similar story to their game against Liverpool, albeit quite not the thrashing yet. It will take a special effort from the Red Devils in the second half to avoid another painful loss.

    Manchester City hold a 2-0 lead over Manchester United at the break in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford. An own goal from Eric Bailly put the visitors into the lead as he diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross past David de Gea. Cristiano Ronaldo had the hosts’ only effort of the first half, but was denied by Ederson. At the other end, De Gea was called on to make a number of sharp saves to keep his team in the game. However, the Spaniard made a sloppy mistake just before half-time to allow Bernardo Silva to find the net.

    45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY

    45′ There will be one minute of added time.

    João Cancelo

    Assist

    Manchester City

    45′ Cancelo angles a dangerous cross to the back post from the left flank. Silva sticks out a boot is rewarded with a goal.

    Bernardo Silva

    Goal

    Manchester City

    45′ GOALLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SILVA DOUBLES CITY’S LEAD BEFORE THE BREAK!!!!! 2-0!!!!!! The Portuguese coasts in at the back post to latch on to Cancelo’s cross and pokes it through De Gea and into the bottom-right corner. The Spaniard has been excellent in the first half, but he allows a tame effort from the Portuguese to slip through his grasp into the net. It is a huge moment in the game.

    44′ Foden launches a cross into the box from the left flank that is cleared. Cancelo makes a rare mistake to gift possession to Ronaldo, but he lacks support and Silva gets back to make an interception.

    42′ City press down the left flank and win a corner as Lindelof diverts the ball behind from a Foden delivery.

    40′ OFFSIDE! Ronaldo latches on to a throughball from Wan-Bissaka in the right-inside channel. The Portuguese fires low and hard towards goal, but is denied by Ederson. However, the offside flag was raised beforehand anyway.

    38′ Although United have barely laid a glove on City in the first half, there is hope as long as the scoreline remains 1-0 to force their way back into the contest.

    36′ It has been a pure domination from City in the opening 36 minutes bar one shot from Ronaldo. Guardiola will be wondering how his team are not further ahead.

    35′ BLOCK! Cancelo takes on another strike at goal and connects with a crisp strike that travels through a crowd. De Gea parries the effort out into the middle of the box, but Lindelof is first to it to clear the danger.

    34′ CHANCE! Jesus feeds De Bruyne in the right-inside channel and he connects with an effort on the outside of his right foot. It swerves towards goal, but De Gea is alert to push it past the left post. The Spaniard is the only thing stopping the visitors at the moment.

    33′ SAVE! Lindelof nearly notches a second own goal for United today. The Swede diverts a low cross from Foden towards his own net, but De Gea reacts to stop a City second with his boot.

    30′ Cancelo latches on to a corner from De Bruyne on the right and takes on the first-time volley, only to launch his attempt into the stand behind De Gea’s goal.

    29′ CHANCE! De Bruyne works the ball to Cancelo on the edge of the box and he takes a touch before rifling a left-footed strike at goal. De Gea sees it late and has to stick out a hand to push it over the bar.

    29′ SAVE! CITY SHOULD DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Foden is released down the left flank and cuts the ball back to De Bruyne. The Belgian sees his shot blocked by Shaw, but the rebound falls to Jesus. He turns to fire at goal, only to be denied by a fine save from De Gea turning the ball over the bar.

    26′ SAVE! Shaw clips a dangerous cross into the box where Ronaldo swivels to fire on his left foot on the volley. His effort travels towards goal at pace, but is beaten away by a sharp save from Ederson. Better from the hosts.

    25′ United finally advance into the City half and press down the right flank through Wan-Bissaka, but he sees his delivey charged down by De Bruyne.

    24′ Manchester United are now without a clean sheet in their last 14 home games in all competitions.

    22′ Cancelo breaks away down the left flank and sees his low ball deflected into the path of De Bruyne. The Belgian blasts a low ball across the face that Lindelof has to block behind.

    21′ Fernandes tries to release Ronaldo over the top, but the Portuguese moves too soon and is caught offside. He boots the ball back to City with his frustration evident.

    20′ City’s press is containing the home side. There’s no way through for United at the moment as they are encamped in their own half.

    18′ Silva and De Bruyne combine on the edge of the box, but the final pass from the Belgian just evades the run of Foden.

    16′ Bailly rises to clear the resulting free-kick from De Bruyne, but the blue waves keep coming forward. Lindelof makes a mistake with his offload towards Wan-Bissaka that Foden almost intercepts, but the ball just does not fall for the England man.

    15′ Wan-Bissaka brings down Foden with a boot on the knee, presenting City with a free-kick in a good position on the left flank.

    14′ De Bruyne arcs a dangerous ball over the top for Foden, but it just drifts away from the forward at the back post and out for a goal-kick. 

    14′ Bailly is the first Manchester United player to score an own goal in the Manchester derby in the Premier League.

    12′ Neat interplay between Fernandes and Fred almost allows United to break down the left, but Jesus tracks back to cut out the Portuguese’s attempted throughball for Shaw.

    11′ City attempt to win the ball high up the pitch, but Gundogan is a tad overzealous and brings down Fernandes with a loose challenge.

    9′ This will be a major test of United’s character. They cannot afford to fold under pressure as they did against Liverpool.

    E. Bailly

    Own Goal

    Manchester United

    7′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BAILLY SLICES THE BALL INTO HIS OWN NET!!!!! 1-0 CITY!!!!! The visitors take the lead as Bailly inadvertently turns Cancelo’s cross past De Gea. United are cut open by a dangerous cross from Walker on the right flank that Gundogan just cannot connect with at the back post. City recycle possession before Cancelo collects on the left. He puts in a precise delivery that Bailly steers into the United goal. A nightmare for the Ivorian.

    7′ Jesus makes a sharp offload towards De Bruyne and he lines up a left-footed blast that is charged down by Fred.

    6′ WIDE! Maguire attacks a dangerous cross into the box from Shaw and he glances a header towards the target, but it drifts just wide of the right post.

    5′ Jesus brings down Ronaldo on the left flank for the home side, handing United a free-kick in a useful position.

    3′ OVER! Silva collects from the De Bruyne in the right-inside channel. He turns to open space to strike on his left foot, but he angles his effort over the top.

    1′ We’re under way at Old Trafford.

    Manchester United are unbeaten in their last four league games against Man City (W3 D1), their longest such run against them since a run of six between 2008 and 2011.

    City have also made three changes to their side that beat Club Brugge during the week. Laporte is suspended after his dismissal last week and is replaced by Dias. Grealish and Mahrez drop to the bench in the final third, which sees De Bruyne and Jesus start.

    United have made three changes to their side that drew against Atalanta during the week. Raphael Varane has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and is replaced in the backline by Lindelof. Greenwood returns to the fold ahead of Rashford in the final third, who drops to the bench. Paul Pogba is suspended and is replaced in the middle of the park by Fred.

    MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Scott Carson, Cole Palmer.

    MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden.

    MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Jadon Sancho, Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek.

    MANCHESTER UNITED (3-5-2): David de Gea; Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred, Luke Shaw; Cristiano Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood.

    City were rocked last time out by a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on home soil. Pep Guardiola’s men had a bad day at the office as goals from Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher condemned them to defeat, while Aymeric Laporte was dismissed before half-time. City bounced back during the week with a 4-1 hammering of Club Brugge, but Guardiola will insist that his players must be at the peak of their powers at Old Trafford even with United’s issues given their recent record against their rivals.

    The Manchester derby is a vital game in the context of a normal season for both clubs, but for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer it may determine his future in the United dugout. The Red Devils were humiliated by Liverpool in their last outing in the Premier League on home soil, suffering a 5-0 defeat. United bounced back in the league with a 3-0 win over Tottenham last time out and then were rescued by Cristiano Ronaldo in their Champions League clash against Atalanta during the week. United can move level on points with City with a win today, but will take a flawless effort from Solskjaer’s men.

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