4 things we learned from Man City’s win over Man Utd

Marcus Rashford rose to the occasion early on, firing a stupendous effort past Ederson from long range to hand United the lead, before England teammate Phil Foden dipped into his playbook of brilliance to level the scores.

oden doubled his money to score his sixth career goal against United ten minutes from time, and Erling Haaland was on hand to put the game out of sight – rich reward for the home side’s dominance which yielded 73 per cent possession, 27 shots on goal, 736 completed passes and an xG of 3.33 compared to the Red Devils’ 0.25.


Foden in PFA Player of the Year contention

The focus and attention at City is usually reserved for Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, but there’s another bright star who’s a serious contender for every Player of the Year gong going; Philip Walter Foden.

The 23-year-old netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season in an extraordinarily composed performance, which saw him dictate the play and offer up just as much quality as the lauded De Bruyne.

Foden’s goal to level the scores was supremely brilliant from a technical perspective – though the less said about the defending the better – and his second was equally as impressive for his footballing intelligence and sheer understanding of the game.

Pep Guardiola has always claimed that Foden is a special, special talent, and it’s now clear to those who didn’t already know that he’s on a par with Jude Bellingham when it comes to potential greatness. Will he be named Player of the Year when the season’s out? Don’t bet against it.

Onana’s bad days are behind him

Andre Onana’s debut Manchester United campaign has been anything but plain sailing.

The Cameroonian has made an abundance of mistakes, often costing United points, and has seen his credentials called into question from supporters and pundits alike. But recently, things have started turning in Onana’s favour.

He’s been exceptionally busy in goal, saving more shots than Erik ten Hag dare think about, and looks to have addressed the mental road blocks that saw his performance levels waver from one extreme to the other. Indeed, Onana is now consistently one of United’s better players – again, probably not a good thing from the club’s perspective – and his nervy distribution has also come on tenfold.

Haaland is human but goals are inevitable

With half-time on the horizon and City all over United like a cheap suit, Haaland was presented with an unmissable opportunity just three yards from goal.

The Norwegian had ghosted in between Jonny Evans and Raphael Varane, positioning himself perfectly as Foden rose high at the back post to head Rodri’s dinked cross back across goal. But with the goal at his mercy and Onana stood gawping at the front post, the unthinkable happened. Haaland missed.

Bizarrely, for a player who makes the right decision (seemingly) every single time, Haaland opted to go with a high boot to cushion the ball into the net, rather than stooping down the teeniest little bit to plant it at home with his forehead.

Haaland would get his goal, obviously, in the dying embers of the game – punishing Sofyan Amrabat’s dallying on the ball with a ruthlessly efficient finish – but did at least prove that his recent habit of missing chances is not a robotic malfunction, rather that he is in fact human.

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