Man City 6 – 3 Man Utd


Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored hat-tricks as Manchester City dished out a derby day thrashing to Manchester United, halting any talk of rejuvenation from their rivals with a thumping 6-3 win.

Homegrown City star Foden (8, 44, 72) will have revelled in the result as much as anyone inside the Etihad and this will go down as one of the career-high days for the 22-year-old. He had not scored against United before but got his side up and running then flew to 51 goals for his club in style as City embarrassed their neighbours.

It was the first hat-trick of Foden’s career – but they’re becoming a habit for his incredible team-mate Haaland (34, 37, 64). The Norwegian had hit three in each of his past two Premier League appearances at the Etihad and made it a treble of trebles with another wonderful masterclass of forward play on Sunday.

His first two – sandwiched between Foden’s first-half finishes – came courtesy of more brilliant combination play between the striker and Kevin De Bruyne, with the Premier League’s top scorer and top assist-maker producing some breath-taking moves to help make it 4-0 at the break.

His conversion from sub Sergio Gomez’s cross in the second half has taken him to 13 Premier League goals in just eight appearances. They’re astronomical numbers from the summer signing. De Bruyne’s eight assists puts him well on course for a record in that category too.

While City celebrate, United will be reflecting on another wretched first half. With Ilkay Gundogan also hitting a post from a free-kick, it could have been worse for the visitors at the break – but not much. “I can’t believe how bad Man Utd have been,” said Roy Keane on Sky Sports at the interval. By that point, large numbers of United supporters in the away end had already left the stadium.

They missed a beauty from new signing Antony (56), who pulled one back with a stunner from 25 yards, and a couple of late consolations from sub Anthony Martial (84, 90+1), including one from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Joao Cancelo, but City’s fourth win on the spin in this fixture was never in doubt. It was also a reality check for any United supporters getting carried away by their four-game winning run since they were last 4-0 down after 45 minutes at Brentford.

The result moves City back to within a point of Premier League leaders Arsenal and looking very much like major players in the race for that crown once again. United remain sixth – and a long way off.

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Foden slams City ahead inside 10 minutes

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Haaland heads home for 2-0 City

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Haaland slides in City’s third in the first half!

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Phil Foden makes it four before half-time

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Antony pulls one back with solo stunner

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Manchester City’s Erling Haaland completes his hat-trick against rivals Manchester United

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Haaland frees Foden to score his third and City’s sixth

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Martial heads in from close range

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Goal A Martial (90+1 pen) Manchester City 6 – 3 Manchester Utd

What’s next?

Man City host Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday at 8pm, before Man Utd travel to Omonia in the Europa League on Thursday at 5.45pm.

City then host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm, before United travel to Everton on Sunday at 7pm.





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