Manchester City asserted their dominance in the Manchester derby, cruising to a 3-0 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. In the 191st edition of this storied rivalry, City showcased their class, securing their fifth win in the last six head-to-head clashes.
The match began with an emotional tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton, setting the stage for a high-stakes encounter. United started brightly, with Scott McTominay testing City’s goalkeeper Ederson early on. However, City gradually seized control, and their breakthrough came when Rodri was fouled inside the box. Erling Haaland, City’s star striker, calmly converted the penalty, notching his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
The visitors continued their relentless assault in the second half. Haaland, hungry for more, found the back of the net again, heading in a precise delivery from Bernardo Silva. United struggled to respond, and City’s dominance was epitomized by Phil Foden, who added a third goal with a clinical finish, courtesy of Haaland’s unselfish play.
Despite a late attempt by Marcus Rashford, United couldn’t breach City’s defense. The victory propelled City within two points of the Premier League summit, leveling with Arsenal in second place. For United, the defeat marked their fifth loss in the opening 10 league games, leaving them eager to bounce back in the EFL Cup clash against Newcastle United. City’s seamless performance reaffirmed their title ambitions, while United faced a daunting task to revive their season amid growing challenges.