Riyad Mahrez, an Algerian midfielder for Manchester City, celebrates after scoring Manchester City’s third goal. Against Manchester United on March 6, 2022. At the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England.
With a 4-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez each score twice as Manchester City restore. A six point advantage at the top of the Premier League.
The loss increases the gap between the two teams to 22 points, which hurts United’s prospects of even simply making the Champions League next season. Arsenal, who are currently tied for fourth and have three games remaining, suddenly lead the Red Devils by a point.
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Liverpool also has a game left to play at the top of the table to cut City’s lead to three points. The Reds’ seven-game league winning streak put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s team. But they answer by recovering from two subpar performances against Tottenham and Everton.
There is a difference in class between the teams. Just like in their previous season meeting at Old Trafford. As City won the league double over their neighbourhood rivals for the second time. Since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 change the dynamic in Manchester.
Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw, who absent owing to confirmed coronavirus cases. Were United’s defenders instead of injury forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
As Bernardo Silva’s low cross found De Bruyne absolutely unmark to sweep home from just inside the box. The visitors were expose by City’s first persistent attack. City only won one of the previous seven derbies at the Etihad. Despite their recent domination over United in terms of higher place finishes in the table.
In that stretch, United has typically thrived on the counterattack, as the speed of Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga again cause issues. Sancho, at 17 years old, depart City to establish himself at Borussia Dortmund after being frustrate with the lack of a path to the first team.
After returning to the Premier League for an enormous £73. The England international need some time to settle in at United.
The expensive £73 million ($97 million) deal that brought the England international back to the Premier League made it difficult for him to adjust to life at United. One of the few bright spots of Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure has been Sancho, who on minute 22 score an incredible finish into the far corner.
Harry Maguire, the captain of United, has deal with additional reports this week that some members of his own team are debating whether he is qualify to serve as the team’s leader. Maguire will undoubtedly face more criticism after he twice caught off guard during City’s second goal.
As David de Gea made an outstanding save to stop Phil Foden from passing the ball over an England teammate, the stray ball eventually found its way to De Bruyne to smash home. After that, Rangnick’s team maintain pressure in order to reach halftime with the game still in hand.
After a brilliant De Bruyne pass, Foden shot wide before further heroics from De Gea keep Riyad Mahrez from finding the far bottom corner.
At the half, the one-way traffic persist. It was only another day this year when De Gea was United’s best player. That an even more humiliating rout was avoided. De Bruyne’s powerful free-kick was stop by the Spaniard before Mahrez blast over from the edge of the box.
The Algerian left unmark at the outside of the box. When he was pick out by De Bruyne’s corner and connect sweetly to hit the far corner, proving that United had not learn their lesson. Mahrez and Joao Cancelo force De Gea to make additional saves.
Nevertheless, even he was unable to halt Mahrez’s strong attempt to further inflict harm on United in stoppage time after VAR determine the City winger was not offside.