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Review & Ratings: Rashford and Martial sink City at the Etihad; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred and Lingard dug deep in hard-fought victory

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Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad in the Premier League on Saturday evening. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute after being fouled inside the box with the penalty awarded by VAR. Anthony Martial doubled United’s lead six minutes later, shocking the home side. United have ended a great week and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be proud.

It was a great start for United, who seemed to throw everything they had at City. Marcus Rashford won a penalty in the 23rd minute of the match after Bernardo Silva fouled him in the box. The referee did not award the penalty, with City on the attack but after a break in the game, VAR gave the penalty with the United forward finding the back of the net easily. He could have scored twice in quick succession after the penalty.

Six minutes later, United were 2-0 up after Anthony Martial found the back of the net. United were running riot at the Etihad. United’s attacking players were too much for City’s defence, who looked like they needed yet more investment. Daniel James got the assist as the Frenchman beat Ederson at the near post, putting United 2-0 up, unlucky that they had not scored more. City will be hurting, which makes it feel so much better.

City got themselves back into the game in the 85th minute of the match after Nicolas Otamendi scored a bullet header from Riyadh Mahrez’s cross into the box to get one back for City, who just did not do enough to get the better of United throughout the match. It was a pretty determined second half from City, who now have a massive chase on their hands to retain the Premier League title this season.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

City seemed out of the game, despite creating lots of chances but messing them up. De Gea made one great save to deny David Silva. It was a frought ten minutes (including added time) after Nicolas Otamendi got one back for City.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back had a great game against City and really put his all into his position to help United get the result they needed and a result City did not want. Wan-Bissaka dealt with Raheem Sterling to the best of his abilities.

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2 Victor Lindelof

I thought the Swede played well in the first half but seemed lose some momentum in the second half when City started their onslaught t try and change the scoreline. He held well though but this could be a weakness for United moving forward.

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5 Harry Maguire

The England defender seemed to raise his game ever so slightly against City, which was needed against the reigning champions, who mayc not be champions for long.

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23 Luke Shaw

It was a good game for Shaw. His first Premier League start since August and what a game to come back into the starting XI. He showed a massive amount of commitment and it was a shame he had to come off at the end.

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39 Scott McTominay

Glad to have him back at full speed. His energy, determination and hunger is a great thing for his teammates to see. He may not be gifted with world class ability but he is a player that United need in the squad. City will have hated coming up against him.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder has raised his game on a match by match basis, getting better every time. He put so much of his ability into this match and will cause problems for Paul Pogba going forward, unless the Frenchman plays forther forward. Got his with a few lighters from the scummy City fans and seemed to have a monkey chant thrown at him. He did not react though, which will anny the neanderthal aiming to abuse him.

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21 Daniel James

What a game for the Welshman. Another assist which is showing that he's a much better player, in terms of impact, ability that Alecis Sanchez, who just could not be bothered in his time at United putting money over everything else. James will only get better and he's given a lot this season and will have surprised his teammates and his opposition.

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14 Jesse Lingard

The first 30 minutes of the match was the best for Lingard against City. He has improved recently, and boy did he need to. That goal in Kazakhstan could have been the turning point for him. City would have preferred him to be lacklustre.

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10 Marcus Rashford

I feel sorry for those that did not rate Rashford. They always seem to hide, or for some, adopt a new opinion forgetting what they previously had said. It is what you get with a semi-fickle fan base. Scored the penalty to put United ahead but could have bagged another two goals before Martial doubled United's lead.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman returned from injury and looked pretty sharp, which is needed from the player leading the line.

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Substitutes

15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Martial 74'. Got booked almost as soon as he came on, taking Raheem Sterling out. Played his part in the victory.

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Review & Ratings: Rashford and Martial sink City at the Etihad; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred and Lingard dug deep in hard-fought victory

Replaced Shaw 88'. Came on late, did what he needed. Not enough time to have an impact.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Lingard 89'. Came on at the death with stoppage time to play. Should be given more time to impress this month. Will be happy with the result.

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Goals: Nicolas Otamendi 85′; Marcus Rashford 23′ (pen), Anthony Martial 29′

Assists: Riyadh Mahrez 85′; Daniel James 29′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Young 88′); McTominay, Fred; James, Lingard (Tuanzebe 89′), Rashford; Martial (Pereira 74′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Williams; Mata; Greenwood

Bookings: Bernardo Silva 22′, Kevin De Bruyne 79′, Kyle Walker 90+4′; David De Gea 54′, Andreas Pereira 74′

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