There's a scramble at the back post after City cross the ball from a short corner. United clear, and it's over! They've won the Manchester derby after an excellent first thirty minutes and some resolute defending for the last hour. There will be some smiles at the Liverpool end of the M62 tonight, as well as the red end of Manchester.
- 2nd Half
- De Bruyne79'
- De Gea54'
- 1st Half
- Rashford (P)23'
Manchester City - Manchester United
Premier League - 7 December 2019
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A corner to City. One last chance...
Ashley Young cuts out a pass from De Bruyne. As he breaks away, Walker hacks him down and is booked.
Another storming break from James, who has been excellent today. After a 70 yard run from right to left he finds Pereira, whose shot is deflected out for a corner.
We're hearing five additional minutes - can City turn this around?
Young and Tuanzebe have replaced Shaw and Lingard, as United look to hold what they have.
GOOD SAVE! It's all City now, and Gundogan is on for Rodri. Mahrez curls one to the bottom corner but De Gea gets a good, strong hand on it to palm the ball away.
GOAL! Manchester City 1 (Otamendi 85) Manchester United 2
A lifeline for City! The corner is whipped to the six-yard box and Otamendi crashes in the header!
City win a corner as Shaw puts out De Bruyne's cross.
United have had a good few minutes of possession here. Pereira tries to clip a ball to Lingard in the City area but it's just too far ahead of him and Ederson gathers.
Mahrez gets to the byline in United's area, but wallops his cross far too hard and it flies through the United six-yard box and out for a throw-in.
McTominay buys a free-kick from Jesus; he's been quietly impressive again today, and is trying to set the tone for United in managing the rest of the game.
De Bruyne wipes out McTominay near the touchline in City's half and is booked.
This is a huge 15/20 minutes for City. If they can get one soon, they've surely got a shot at winning this, but they desperately need the break through.
City are moving United all over the place here. David Silva and Sterling create a chance for Angelino on the left of the area. His half volley is deflected away for a corner by Wan-Bissaka.
Pereira is booked for cynically bringing down Sterling. That's quite a start.
A change for United, and it's defensive. Pereira replaces Martial.
CHANCE! Mahrez wins a corner for City. He whips it in, David Silva of all people flicks it on and Otamendi flies in to head the ball just wide.
Jesus wins a corner for City, who are back in rhythmic, hypnotic possession near the United goal again.
A projectile from the crowd hits Fred on the back of the neck. There's a hold up while both sets of players go over to that corner to tell the fans there to cut such nonsense out.
James wins the ball again from Angelino. He drives towards the City area and plays the ball wide to Lingard, whose cross is palmed away for a corner by Ederson.
Mahrez replaces Bernardo Silva for City.
GOOD SAVE! Rodri gets free near the edge of the United area, and his high drive iss tipped over by De Gea.
A glimmer of a chance for United as they win the ball high up the pitch again. James advances down the right and fires a low ball across the area. It's partially cut out and the ricochet goes just too far ahead of Martial and Ederson gathers.
CHANCE! A clanger of an error by Lindelof gifts the ball to Sterling. He runs the ball across the penalty area looking to shoot, but Wan-Bissaka gets back brilliantly to tackle him and put the ball out for a corner.
Otamendi replaces Stones.
John Stones has gone down here for City, it's not looking good for him. City are preparing a substitution.
James leads another break for United, and finds Lingard. Walker hauls him down and is lucky not to be booked.
WHAT A BLOCK BY LINDELOF! De Bruyne suddenly bursts through into United's area and shoots, but a flying block by Lindelof diverts the ball over the bar. That's excellent defending.
De Gea is booked for taking his time with a goal kick.
That might have been the chance United wanted. On a four on four break Martial picks the wrong ball, trying to find Rashford when James was in a better position, and Walker clears the danger.
United are waiting to dispossess City near their own area; the home side are so high up the pitch that there are acres of space behind them. It's a high-risk strategy.
David Silva gets in a bit of space on the edge of the area, but miscues his cross out for a goal kick. or a second that was a promising position for City.
Meandering possession from City, with United pegged back into their own defensive third. If this is their second half tactic it could be a long and exacting 45 minutes for United.
We're off again!
That's it for the first half - there can't have been many Manchester derbies with that high-octane, high quality football we saw in the opening thirty minutes. United lead but City are playing well enough to think that they can get back into this quickly.
Walker breaks into the area, and smashes a cross back across goal. That hit Fred's arm and went out of play, but after a VAR review there's no penalty. It was close to Fred, but you've seen those given this season.
We're in to two additional minutes of time.
CLOSE! A reverse ball to De Bruyne frees him into the right of the United area. He stands it up to the back post but David Silva just can't connect with his volley and the chance disappears.
City win a free-kick 25 yards from goal, just to the right. David Silva whips it over the wall but De Gea gathers comfortably.
City are still dominating possession here, but are cautious of United on the break. It's an odd game of cat and mouse, as both sides look incredibly dangerous in two very different ways.
Wan-Bissaka is struggling with Sterling, and brings him down just outside the left corner of the United area. De Bruyne shoots from the free-kick but it's a yard over the bar.
WHAT A CHANCE! Sterling leaves Wan-Bissaka down the right. His cross is cleared by Shaw, but City work it to De Bruyne, who whips a perfect cross in to Jesus. He's only six yards out, but the Brazilian forward glances it wide of goal.
Wan-Bissaka drives forward, and lays it out to James on the right of the area. James drives a low cross into the area, that beats everyone and drifts out to safety.
Fred intercepts a cross from Angelino, but nudges it into the path of JEsus in the area; it's just too far ahead of the striker though and De Gea gathers, otherwise that was a chance. Seconds later, David Silva fires a long range shot straight at United's goalkeeper.
There's a stunned silence at the Etihad; this has been a quite astonishing half an hour of football.
GOAL! Manchester City 0 Manchester United 2 (Martial 29)
Another one, and City are reeling here! Martial and James are really in the mood, and exchange a series of passes near the edge of the penalty area. James finds Martial just inside it on the right, and he slightly scuffs a low shot into the net off Ederson's near post.
OFF THE BAR! United are taking City apart on the break here. James gets Martial away down the right, and he cuts it back to Rashford on the edge of the area. He controls it and then curls a deliciously arrogant shot onto the top of the crossbar and over.
OH WHAT A CHANCE! United break like lightning again. Fred finds Rashford in acres of space in the City area as Walker slips over, and Rashford miscues his shot and sends it wide. That could be a huge moment.
Bernardo, who is aggrieved, takes the fight straight back to United and wins a corner.
GOAL! Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1 (Rashford pen 23)
He's tucked it away! United's in-form man stutter steps up to his kick and then sends Ederson definitively the wrong way to put United ahead.
Bernardo has been booked for protesting the decision, but it was a stonewall penalty.
PENALTY! After the VAR review it's given.
Rashford dribbles into the area and seems to have been brought down by Bernardo; VAR are checking this as David Silva tries to chip De Gea from fifty yards.
There have been seven attempts at goal so far by these teams in a breathless opening period.
Another lightning break from United, who look handy so far. Rashford slides a lovely pass through to James on the right. He cuts it back to Martial on the edge of the City area, whose booming shot is pushed away by Ederson.
A low cries finds Jesus in the area, but his shot is blocked by a sliding Lindelof. City want a penalty as the ball brushed Lindelof's arm, but after a VAR check it's not given.
Sterling tries to slide in Angelino behind Wan-Bissaka, but it's slightly overhit and goes out for a goal kick.
ANOTHER UNITED CHANCE! Rashford slides a through ball to Lingard in the City area; he shoots across Ederson, who saves well. Another big chance for the visitors.
This is relentless. Sterling flies into the area on the left. His cut back finds Jesus (I think) but he can't connect with his shot and the ball drifts away. Bernardo cuts it back to De Bruyne, who can't get his shot on target.
United are playing for opportunities on the break here. They win the ball back in their own half and James tries to chip it over the top for Martial, but Walker's recovery pace snuffs out the danger.
David Silva drives forward for City and wins a corner.
This is a ferocious start. McTominay has to slide in to cut out a through ball to Sterling, who'd got in behind him.
CHANCE FOR UNITED! Martial breaks down the left, and cuts it back to Fred. He finds James on the right of the area, and his fierce drive is punched clear by Ederson.
City immediately rob United of possession near their own area. It's worked to Sterling on the left, but his cross is headed clear by Maguire.
Peep peep, we're underway!
We’re almost ready to go here at the Etihad, the captains David Silva and Harry Maguire are about to lead the teams out. The referee today is Anthony Taylor.
While we’re on the topic of Manchester a quick mention for a wonderful recent documentary about Matt Busby – a legendary Manchester United manager of course, but also an FA Cup winning player with Manchester City.
A governing factor tonight might be the sheer inability of either side to keep a clean sheet. City haven’t managed it in eight games in all competitions; on the road, United have shipped at least one goal in their last 12 league games, their worst run since 1986. Two swinging door defences, an array of in-form attacking talent and the fact that, well, it’s a derby could make for a cracking evening’s entertainment.
Solskjaer might have been undone in his first derby as United manager at Old Trafford in April, and this has certainly been a mixed season for him so far, but his big-game record this season offers some rays of hope. He’s twice got the better of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, in the league and the EFL Cup, he beat Brendon Rodgers’ Leicester at Old Trafford and to date he’s the only manager to take a point from Jurgen Klopp’s flying Liverpool. Just three days ago, a cathartic 2-1 home victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side provided a timely boost for the club. Can he possibly find the alchemy to get a result at the Etihad today?
All of which makes for an intriguing Manchester derby tonight. City want to get to Liverpool are this season while United, if we’re being realistic, want to get to where City currently sit. City’s manager Pep Guardiola has the wood over United in the derby, with four victories, one draw and one defeat in his six league clashes with United in the last three seasons. That one defeat, at the Etihad in 2018, denied City the chance to win the league title that very day at home to their bitter rivals. Can Guardiola sort out a victory today that will catalyse City in their pursuit of Liverpool?
Their visitors today, local rivals Manchester United, have rattled off that feat twice, from 1998-2001 and 2006-2009. Those days feel like a long time ago, exacerbated by United’s fall from grace since the retirement of Alex Ferguson. Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the fourth full-time boss since those heady days and has had the same troubles as his predecessors in trying to match up to the legacy. Manchester United are currently eighth in the Premier League table, 11 points behind the team in light blue from across the way and 25 back from Liverpool.
In the 2017-18 season, Manchester City dropped just 14 points on their way to winning the Premier League; when they retained it in 2018-19, they dropped 16. Their total of 198 points from a possible 228 across both seasons was an unparalleled stretch of consistency in English football. So far in the 2019-20 season, they’ve dropped 13 points in 15 games. This ‘inconsistency’ is being brutally punished by Liverpool, who at time of writing are 14 points ahead of City, who lie in third. Having pushed City so close last season, Liverpool have maintained their relentless form while City haven’t. In the current climate, that means only one thing; City need to be virtually flawless for the rest of the season if they’re to have any hope of a hat-trick of league titles.
Anthony Martial is back for Manchester United, and replaces Mason Greenwood as the focal point of the attack. At left back Luke Shaw takes the place of Ashley Young to make his first Premier League Start since August.
Just the one change for Manchester City after their midweek win over Burnley, as Nicolas Otamendi makes way for John Stones.
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Lingard; James, Rashford, Martial
SUBS: Romero, Tuanzebe, Williams, Young, Perreira, Mata, Greenwood
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Rodrigo, David Silva (c), De Bruyne; Bernardo, Sterling, Jesus
SUBS: Bravo, Gundogan, Mendy, Mahrez, Cancelo, Otamendi, Foden
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