Just over a year after a stunning 6-3 victory against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City once again asserted their dominance with a thoroughly one-sided 3-0 win at Old Trafford. You don’t have to wait for the next Manchester derby to place a profitable bet. Just yukle the mostbet app to bet on any match of the English Premier League.
In what felt like payback for United getting one back on them earlier in the year when they clinched a rousing 2-1 comeback win inside a raucous Theatre of Dreams, Pep Guardiola’s side made sure there was no repeat this time.
The reigning, defending treble champions marched into enemy territory and ran rings around the opposition, all without ever truly hitting top gear.
Erling Haaland can be thanked for that – no surprises there.
City’s Norwegian phenomenon barely broke a sweat as he bagged a brace and set up another to see his side cruise to victory on hostile ground, leaving United looking more hapless by the minute.
A soft but fair penalty awarded to City thanks to a VAR assist allowed Haaland to fire them ahead from the spot after 26 minutes. After forcing a fine stop from Andre Onana with a header before the break, he repeated the trick to more success after the interval for 2-0.
The afternoon continued going from bad to worse for Erik ten Hag’s side, who couldn’t get anywhere near their noisy neighbors and – most worryingly – didn’t seem eager to try.
That allowed Haaland to eventually add gloss to the win by teeing up Phil Foden to slot in City’s third – all too straightforwardly.
Guardiola told reporters after the game: «It looks easy but it is not. I have great respect for United but we were at our very best in the second half… We share the same vision, me, the CEO, the directors, the chairman. That is why I believe the club is so stable».
His words highlight the stark contrast between how City are run compared to United, who find themselves swirling in chaos yet again.
To celebrate another commanding derby victory, here are ten of the most absurd stats from the game:
- Erling Haaland has now scored 47 goals in just 45 Premier League games.
- Haaland (11 goals) has outscored the entire Manchester United team (11 goals) in the Premier League this season.
- Erling Haaland reached 20 away goals quicker than any previous Premier League player (23 games) – via @OptaJoe.
- Rasmus Hojlund has conceded more penalties (1) than he has scored goals (0) in the Premier League this season.
- Manchester United haven’t suffered five defeats from their first 10 league games since 1986-87 (6 defeats) – via @Statsdufoot.
- Guardiola’s Manchester City now have more Premier League away wins at Old Trafford (9) than any other team.
- Bernardo Silva has provided more Premier League assists against Man Utd (5) than any other player since 2016-17. He only joined City in 2017-18.
- Haaland has scored more Manchester derby goals (4) than Cristiano Ronaldo (3) despite only joining this season.
- Manchester United have lost as many Premier League games at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as they did during his entire 26-year reign – via @footballontnt.
- Since Pep Guardiola took charge in 2016, City have earned 145 more points than United in the Premier League (649 to 504), winning 60 more games (205 to 145) and scoring 229 more goals (681 to 452) – via @OptaJoe.