United fans leave the Etihad Stadium in droves before half-time. After this half-time, the Red Devils fans no longer believe in an improvement.
Official injury time (minutes): 2
Tooor for Manchester City, 4-0 through Phil Foden
Now it’s getting really bitter. De Bruyne initiates the next counterattack by the Citizens and serves Haaland on the left. The Norwegian plays the ball perfectly across the path of Foden, who finishes from ten meters with his weak right foot. United’s defenders just watch.
Before the break, both coaches have to change due to injury. Lindelöf replaces United defender Varane. Walker is replaced by Sergio Gomez.
Substitution at Manchester City: Sergio Gomez
Manchester City make their substitution with Kyle Walker
Victor Lindelof comes on as a substitute at Manchester United
Raphaël Varane comes off the bench at Manchester United
Tooor for Manchester City, 3-0 through Erling Haaland
De Bruyne puts the next goal on Haaland. City counter via Grealish who puts De Bruyne in play. The Belgian plays a world-class ball behind the guests’ defensive line. Haaland runs behind Varane and slides the ball into the net at the second post from five meters away from the goal.
After the 2-0 United now have a longer ball possession phase again. However, it will not be dangerous for City.
Tooor for Manchester City, 2-0 through Erling Haaland
While United’s centre-back Raphaël Varane is treated, Kevin De Bruyne swings in a corner for the Citizens. Erling Haaland shakes off his opponent Christian Eriksen and wins the header duel against Scott McTominay and heads the ball into the goal from six meters. Tyrell Malacia is still trying to clear, but can only get the ball out of the goal behind the line.
Raphaël Varane seems to have injured his foot in a duel. He is escorted off the pitch by the supervisors.
It’s getting dangerous again in the United penalty area. Jack Grealish pulls in the middle and from eleven yards. Lisandro Martínez manages to block the ball before De Gea has to intervene. A few moments later, Kevin De Bruyne put the ball just over the bar from 20 meters.
Nathan Aké is not attacked at all by the Red Devils and goes almost 50 meters forward alone. On the left he plays Jack Grealish serving Kevin De Bruyne. But his shot from 18 meters clearly misses the near post.
João Cancelo wins Manchester City’s next corner against Scott McTominay. Kevin De Bruyne plays the corner briefly and Phil Foden’s cross gets stuck on a defender.
A look at ball possession statistics confirms that City has more of the game here. Almost two-thirds of the Sky Blues are on the ball so far.
Yellow card for Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United)
After Dalot at the beginning of the game, United’s other full-back now sees the warning for a tactical foul. This time Phil Foden would have been up and away.
Only City continues to play. United cannot provide relief offensively, which simplifies their game for the Citizens.
City continues to press and gives the Red Devils hardly any air to breathe. After a lateral shift by Nathan Aké, Phil Foden takes the ball wonderfully on the right and plays it into the path of Kevin De Bruyne, who immediately crosses into the middle. But Lisandro Martínez was careful and can clarify.
Gündoğan hammers the ball against the post! Just outside the United penalty area, Lisandro Martínez is too late to tackle Jack Grealish. City now has a great free-kick opportunity. İlkay Gündoğan takes charge and slams the ball against the right post. From there the ball flies into the goal. De Gea would have had no chance.
After a lateral shift, the ball slips through for Kyle Walker, allowing Jadon Sancho to seize his chance. The young Englishman puts it back to Christian Eriksen, who throws the ball in the direction of the goal from 15 meters. But Ederson is down and has the game machine in his hands.
With a long ball from midfield, Bruno Fernandes is looking for fast Marcus Rashford, who beats Nathan Aké in a running duel. Ederson in the Guardiola team’s goal was careful, came well out of his box and cleared the ball in front of the attacker.
The Red Devils are now a little higher after falling behind. It can’t have been Erik ten Hag’s match plan to fall behind so early. The Citizens are clearly the better team so far.
Tooor for Manchester City, 1-0 through Phil Foden
United lets the Citizens do it. Over several stations, the hosts combine around the sixteen of the Red Devils. After a pass to the left, Bernardo Silva plays sharply into the penalty area and serves Phil Foden, who unsustainably welds the ball into the corner from ten meters out with his strong left foot. That was a squeaky clean attack, but United are far too passive in defending that too.
In the first few minutes, City has the ball almost non-stop. The Sky Blues are letting the leather run well through their own ranks and so far there has been very little from the Red Devils.
After three minutes, United’s penalty area was already on fire. He heads powerfully towards goal from a cross, but a Red Devils defender just manages to scrape the ball off the line. Scott McTominay throws himself into the following two shots and thus prevents a safe goal twice.
Yellow card for Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)
On the left, Jack Grealish tests the pace of his opponent, who can only manage with a tactical foul. Michael Oliver immediately shows the yellow card.
Let’s go Manchester! Referee Michael Oliver whistles to start the game.
City coach Guardiola made three changes to his team in the 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nathan Aké and Kyle Walker will start in defense for Rúben Dias and John Stones. İlkay Gündoğan also takes over the role of Rodrigo in defensive midfield. As expected, United coach ten Hag is sticking to his winning team. He sends the same team onto the field that last beat Arsenal 3-1. Accordingly, Cristiano Ronaldo and newcomer Casemiro initially sit on the bench.
After a shaky start to the season, with bitter defeats by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford FC, Erik ten Hag’s side have recovered. The Dutchman seems to have found his starting eleven with his new employer. In the last four games, the trainer only changed his starting formation in one position. In central defense, the coach recently relied on the duo of Varane and newcomer Martínez. McTominay and newcomer Eriksen have established themselves in defensive midfield and homegrown Rashford has recently been given preference to superstar Ronaldo in the center of the attack. Only on the flank Elanga and Antony shared the position. With this manpower, the United team managed a 2-1 win against Liverpool FC and a 3-1 success against current leaders Arsenal FC. So the reds go into the duel against the sky blues.
Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the league this season. The Citizens left the pitch as winners five times. Aston Villa and Newcastle United were able to wrest at least a draw from the Guardiola team. City also fulfilled their duty in the Champions League and are at the top of the table in Group G after two games and six points. City’s new signing Erling Haaland, who has already scored eleven goals in the previous seven league games, played a major role in the grandiose start to the season. The Norwegian scores every 53 minutes in the Premier League. Stopping him will be one of the big challenges for the Red Devils today.
Although today’s duel is part of the ninth matchday, the two teams have only played seven and six league games respectively instead of eight. Due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the games of the seventh matchday and some games of the eighth matchday were cancelled. It is not yet known when the games will be rescheduled. However, it can be assumed that the games can only be made up for next year.
One of the most prestigious derbies in the world is entering the next round: Today the Sky Blues meet the Red Devils for the 155th time in the league. While the statistics say something for United with 59 to 47 league wins, due to the recent past, City are now considered the favorites. Last season, the three points in the city derby went to the Citizens. Pep Guardiola’s team beat Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Red Devils 2-0 on the eleventh matchday. In the second leg, United had a new coach on the bench in the form of German Ralf Rangnick, but City still won the duel 4-1. At the end of the season, the Sky Blues became champions with 93 points. Manchester United ended the season in a disappointing sixth place with just 58 points.
Hello and welcome to the ninth day of the Premier League! At 3 p.m. the city derby between Manchester City and Manchester United starts on the island.