Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United beat Manchester City 0-2 to end their 21-game winning run, thanks to goals from their talisman Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw.
Things couldn't be more dramatic in this game week of English Premier League as it was Manchester United who had to be the one to put a bitter end to league leaders cum rivals Manchester City's scintillating 21-game winning run. The credit of the victory goes to the entire team, but it was their leading goalscorer Bruno Fernandes and the club's latest player of the month Luke Shaw who will get the names on paper with their goals.
The Manchester Derby has always been a great spectacle, considering how the two teams from the same city have a huge history and rivalry. However, this time, stakes were much higher than just some bragging rights as the two neighborhood teams are battling for the holy Premier League title. Although City remains an eleven-point adrift of second-placed Manchester United, this win would mean that Pep Guardiola's shark team is out of momentum.
Luke Shaw scored in the 50th minute as Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0. Photo Source: Facebook
Further to all that, this big win also turned out as a big statement on how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United team isn't going to give up on their 21st league title dream very easily. The Red Devils were heavily criticized for their performances against the top six teams in the league following their goalless draw against Chelsea last week. It was the best way to hit back at the critics by defeating the league toppers, Manchester City.
United was predicted to be playing defensive football against the possession-based City side, and they did just that. But, it's time, the 20-time Champions executed their counter-attacking gameplan with more precision and aggressiveness.
Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 to end their 21 game-winning run. Photo Source: Cricket Soccer
The Manchester Derby showed its structure pretty soon as City's number nine Gabriel Jesus tripped Anthony Martial within 33-seconds to stir up all the drama. There was no doubt that Bruno Fernandes was going to put the ball into the goal like he always does, and he just did that. Pep's City kept on pushing all the time and even got close a few times. Just into the second half, lightning struck twice as United scored their second goal, thanks to an amazing counter-attacking play and run by left-back Luke Shaw.
Manchester United got the laugh tonight, which might put the title picture back in the discussion again. However, for that to happen, they would need to get serious enough and stop dropping points, like they have been doing whenever they get close to catching City.