Manchester City thumped six goals past their United neighbours during Manchester derby, with United pulling three.
City started with quick passes and athleticism, denying Manchester United breathing space at the midfield. Fil Foden was the first to put the ball past United’s hapless custodian David De Gea, when he neatly connected a pass from Bernardo Silva’s cross in the eighth minute of the game.
That happened just before their towering new signing Erlin Haaland jumped to nod home his first goal, and second for City.
United looked a pale shadow of what people thought they are, when the Norwegian tapped in his second goal from a well-calculated pass from City’s playmaker Kevin De Bryune – in a counter-attack that saw the visiting United trailing with there goals.
This was not expected, as United had shown their teeth in the recent past – and football lovers thought that the days of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson were again here with them.
It was already 4-0 in favour of City before the half time whistle when Fil Foden completed another counter-attack for City.
United’s repreive came in the second half when their new signing Antony pulled a 25 yard stunning strike that reduced the goal difference to three. However, before United could start breathing, Haaland struck another one, which gave him his third hart-trick at Etihad, giving him the third hart-trick in a row: against Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, and now Manchester United.
Fil Foden then completed the rout at their Manchester brothers when he also sealed a hart-trick, his first in Manchester derby.
seemed to becoming back into the game when Antony Matial converted his first goal of the game to make it 6-2. But even then, writings were already on the wall that the win would go City way.
Few minutes before the final whistle saw United get a penalty, which Matial converted to make it 6-3 when referee Michael Oliver blew his last whistle of the game.
This was United coach Eric Ten Hag’s first Manchester derby as a coach. The Dutch tactician will now have to do a post match analysis to see where hell broke loose.