KEVIN DE BRUYNE and Kelechi Iheanacho pounced on TWO defensive lapses from Daley Blind to give Man City and Pep Guardiola the bragging rights over Jose Mourinho’s United.
United reduced their arrears just before the break as Zlatan Ibrahimovic took advantage of a clanger from debutant City keeper Claudio Bravo in a frantic end to the half at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney was so frustrated he shoved the City boss in an attempt to get the ball back and Mourinho shuffled his pack at the break by calling for Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.
Rashford's introduction injected some swagger into United's play - as Leroy Sane came on for his City debut in the second half - but Guardiola ended up with all three points after a breathless encounter.
FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS
- It was the Manchester derby but there was not a single Mancunian in either starting line up with Warrington born Jesse Lingard the closest.
- With 190 countries taking this game it was the most watched Premier League match ever beating the April 2012 meeting between these sides.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic came with some baggage and was seen carrying his own suitcase into the ground before kick off yesterday after the team stayed in the Lowry Hotel.
- Jose Mourinho summed things up neatly in his programme notes about then occasion saying: ‘It is because of matches like this that people love football. It is because of these matches that I love my job.’
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- Jose Mourinho is the 18th manager to lead United against City. Pep Guardiola is City’s 34th boss to contest this derby.
- They may not have needed Fergis time yesterday but the Reds did at Hull in their previous Premier League game through Marcus Rashford. It was the 18th time United have won a Premier League game in injury time. The first being Steve Bruce’s famous headed winner against Sheffiled Wednesday in 1993.
- The myth remains that Denis Law’s backheel for City sent his former club United down in this fixture in April 1974. It actually made no difference because of results elsewhere.
- Wayne Rooney is the leading scorer in this fixture with 11 goals, two ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton.
- Mourinho usually loves an inter-city derby and had plenty of them in London. In his time at Benfica Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and now Manchester United he has managed in 87 winning 63 losing 11 and drawing 13.
- Joe Hart must have watched this game with raised eyebrows - ‘tell me why I was replaced again?’
DREAM TEAM RATINGS
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea 7, Valencia 7, Bailly 6, Blind (Martial 6) 7, Shaw 6, Pogba 7, Fellaini 7, Mkhitaryan 6 (Herrera 6), Lingard 6 (Rashford 6), Rooney 6, Ibrahimovic 7
Subs not used: Mata, Romero, Smalling, Schneiderlin
Goals: Ibrahimovic 42
Booked: Bailly, Fellaini, Rooney, Ibrahimovic
MANCHESTER CITY: Bravo 5, Sagna 6, Stones 7, Otamendi 8, Kolarov 7, De Bruyne 8 (Zabaleta 6), Fernandinho 7, Silva 7, Sterling 6 (Sane 6), Iheanacho 7 (Fernando 6), Nolito 6
Subs not used: Caballero, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Garcia Serrano
Booked: Fernandinho, Silva
STAR MAN: Kevin de Bruyne, 8
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho: "It means the whole world to me to play in the Manchester derby and get the winning goal I’m really happy for my team because they worked very hard and we got the result.
“It was just about being in the right place at the right time. It's a great day for me, the team and the fans, it was great we both got a goal and an assist."
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera: "It is disappointing for us. We are now not happy. We have lost a derby in front of our fans and it is painful. We have to be balanced in our analysis. This is the first game we have not played the best. We have crossed a lot of balls and put them under pressure.
"We have to take some good things. The attitude and spirit in the second half was fantastic. City will lose points as well. We are three points off top and we want to be champions.
"We didn't start good. Every duel went for them. We have to study why that happened. But we have played well so far. This was not our best game but we created four or five chances to draw the game."