With a princely Kevin De Bruyne (doubled and assist) and a greedy Riyad Mahrez (two goals), the leader Manchester City bled his neighbor United (4-1) to regain full confidence. As on the outward journey, the step was too high for the Red Devils.
Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
Goals: De Bruyne (5and & 28and), Mahrez (68and & 90and+1) for Citizens // Sancho (22and) for the Red Devils
He had never won a Manchester derby in his garden at the Etihad Stadium, nor even scored at home against MU: this Sunday, in addition to repairing a great anomaly, Kevin De Bruyne sank Manchester United all by himself or almost, signing a double in the first period before dropping a cake to Riyad Mahrez for the break. His Algerian teammate even offered himself two pawns in the second period, and the red ship sank (4-1) having deluded for less than 45 minutes. For his discovery of the big fish Pep Guardiola, Ralf Rangnick suffered his first away defeat at the head of his new team, which found itself ejected from the top 4 by Arsenal. While the leader skyblue maintain their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Telles and Wan-Bissaka, death row
Cristiano injured in the hip, Raphaël Varane Covidé, MU did not show up at the neighbor’s in gala dress. Taking their marks quietly with a Jack Grealish preparing to sign 90 very consistent minutes, City also planted their guest on their first opportunity, a cross from Bernardo Silva oddly crossing the surface to find the left foot of Kevin De Bruyne, popping up in front of Alex Telles, out of the shot (1-0, 5and). While the Red Devils already had their heads under water, Fred almost scored a real center-forward goal, but stumbled on Ederson (9and). The watchmaker De Bruyne almost did it again in stride (17and), but it was on the other side that the nets shook in the middle of the first act: booed each time the ball was taken by the public citizen and well served by Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho came out of his box by signing a nice post returning against the run of play (1-1, 22and).
88 – Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in 88 goals in his 100 Premier League home appearances for Manchester City and Chelsea combined (37 goals, 51 assists). Strength. pic.twitter.com/QE4ctfj3r0
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United’s burst did not last long: after having – almost in spite of himself – caressed the crossbar with his head (25and), Phil Foden sowed terror in the area, and at the end of the pool stroke, KDB doubled his score from close range (2-1, 28and). A loss of ball from the Pickaxe even almost allowed the De Bruyne-Foden duo to put a layer on the counter (40and) and Riyad Mahrez took off his invisibility cloak to put David de Gea to work (45and).
100 – Riyad Mahrez has scored his 20th goal in all competitions this season, while his goal today has taken him to 100 goal involvements for Manchester City (59 goals and 41 assists). Silky. pic.twitter.com/HY7WvQiBAN
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 6, 2022
MU did not take on water as soon as the restart despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s micro-nap, and continued to respond in fits and starts, with their weapons. But after twenty minutes of resistance, De Bruyne remotely controlled a corner on the left foot of Mahrez, and the Algerian made speak his magic (3-1, 68and). In the process, the former Leicester found the gloves of De Gea (73and), then João Cancelo made the show (81and), and İlkay Gündoğan missed the target (89and), in a terrible one-sided endgame. The punishment came from Mahrez, also author of a second pawn, in force after leaving at the extreme limit of offside (4-1, 90and+1). Manchester City may not already be champions, but they are still far too high for the other club in the city.
City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo – Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne (c) (Gündoğan, 80and) – Mahrez, Foden, Grealish. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
United (4-2-3-1): De Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire (c), Telles – McTominay, Fred – Elanga (Lingard, 64and), Pogba (Rashford, 64and), Sancho – B. Fernandes. Coach: Ralf Rannick.
By Jeremy Baron