Celebrating their comeback from the international break on Sunday afternoon, Manchester City put on a real masterclass by winning 6-3 against Manchester United at the Etihad.
Eager to keep up with Arsenal after the Gunners won the derby at Saturday’s lunchtime, the reigning Premier League champions have set up a veritable clinic here.
At halftime with a stunning 4-0 lead and with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scoring their own hat-tricks, superstars Josep Guardiola highlighted why many see them as a compelling choice to defend their crown this season.
While Manchester United could have stepped up the attack a bit in the second half, as Anthony’s miraculous strike and Anthony Martial’s late brace brought some respect to the score, Eric ten Hag’s side definitely fell to the ground.
As we watched their Premier League four-match winning streak come to a nightmarish end on Sunday afternoon, we went over the main topics of discussion following City’s Etihad goal announcement.
Another game and another Haaland record broken
Once again scoring a goal away from Norway, it seemed inevitable that Haaland would extend his remarkable free-kick streak here.
While the former Borussia Dortmund icon may have made his first appearance in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon, the 22-year-old has only continued his historic record since arriving in the Premier League.
Further cementing his position as one of the deadliest nines in world football, Haaland has now hit a staggering 14 perfect shots in just eight games and averages a home goal every 48 minutes.
In fact, along with successive hat-tricks against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace before the international break, Haaland’s trio of goals here means he is now the first player in Premier League history to score three consecutive hat-tricks. on native land.
Appearing en route to this season’s Golden Boot and heading a City side that aims to create some real history this season, the former Salzburg star has no doubt placed his bets on being Player of the Season this summer.
With 17 goals in City’s first 10 games in all competitions, can anyone from across Europe come up with a solution to record-breaking Haaland?
Foden proves City are not a one-man team
While Haaland may have made headlines again after City’s new attacking symbol broke a few more Premier League records, Foden had his own day to remember here.
Opening the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock and sending Etihad into overdrive, Guardiola was full of praise for the England international after he scored his first City hat-trick.
While enjoying what he will remember as one of his most memorable nights in the sky blue jersey, City’s homegrown superstar also highlighted why Guardiola’s squad this season is more than a one-man squad.
Forming what was a blossoming relationship with Haaland and raising a string of questions from United’s holey defense, Foden surprisingly failed to find a net against United until Sunday’s showdown.
Yet with 51 goals for the reigning Premier League champions since his famous hat-trick, Foden has continued to impress since starting the 2022/23 campaign slowly.
Finding a goal as Guardiola’s team pulled off a customary 3-0 win away to Wolves before heading into the September international break, the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year also scored more than double the nine goals he scored in the entire last season. season.
United show they’re far from their neighbors
Having started the 2022/23 season in the midst of a nightmarish run of form and a huge amount of dissatisfaction around Old Trafford, Manchester United seem to have put those problems behind them until the September training break.
With a two-week break ahead of them, enjoying a four-match winning streak and the mood in their camp seems to be on the upswing, there is no doubt that the ten Hag squad has hit the ground here.
While last month’s spectacular run was underlined by a 3-1 win over Arsenal on 4 September, the ex-Ajax boss saw his team fail to find any sort of stability as they were torn down by bitter local rivals after nightmare performance in the stadium. Etihad.
While Martial and Anthony may have brought some respect to the score after their second-half turmoil, United have once again shown why the English giants are still a million miles away from capturing a true title.
Having taken six hits and still showing some pretty blatant back problems, ten Hag has to prove that this was a minor slip for his team and not the start of another public slump.
The next time the Red Devils can be seen is on Thursday evening when they travel to Cypriot side Omonia on duty in the Europa League.
Manchester: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Ake, Canselu, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva, Foden, Haaland, Grealish
Subscriptions: Gomez, Alvarez, Laporte, Mahrez, Palmer
Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malasia, McTominay, Eriksen, Anthony, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford
Subscriptions: Lindelof, Martial, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred
Goals: Manchester City: Foden (8′, 44′, 64′), Haaland (34′, 37′, 64′) – Manchester United: Anthony (56′), Martial (84′, 90′+1 pen .)
Yellow cards: Dalot, Malasia, Fernandez
Red cards: N/A
Referee: Michael Oliver