On the Sunday just gone, we had the iconic Manchester Derby. Manchester United and Manchester City both looking for a very important three points, which could impact their season massively. City were looking to move away from Liverpool at the top of the table, whereas United needed the three points to keep them in the top four for Champions League football next season.
This fixture has become one of the greats over the years, with many memorable moments such as Wayne Rooney’s incredible overhead kick, City’s huge 6 – 1 win (which also saw the extremely famous “why always me”), Van Persie’s last minute free kick which gave United the 3-2 win and saw Rio Ferdinand hit in the eye with a coin and Joe Hart fend off an angry pitch invader. We could forget the horrendous Roy Keane tackle on Haaland which later lead to an early retirement.
The game on Sunday saw Kevin De Bruyne put one in the back of the net within eight minutes to put City ahead early on. United fired one back pretty quickly when Sancho scored a lovely, cushioned shot into the bottom right corner. Kevin De Bruyne then scored only six minutes later following a lazy effort to clear the ball by United, he picked up the ball inside the box following a series of shambolic defending by the United defenders.
In the second half City put there foot down and played some beautiful football, a corner in from De Bruyne went over everyone and fell to Rihad Mahrez who hit it first time on the half volley and put it past De Gea. After this stunning strike it completely killed off any chance of United getting back into the game. With pundits saying it was a shocking show of passion from the team all hope was lost. City then went on to put another into the United goal as Mahrez smashed the ball into the goal after hitting De Gea in the face.
United need to find some wins now towards the end of the season if they are looking at securing Champions league football next season.