Premier League | Thursday April 27, 2017 | Etihad Stadium | Attendance: 54,176
Thursday night football at the Etihad Stadium was a dull affair for both Manchester City and Manchester United at the Manchester Derby, as United held firm to claim a vital point against City at the Etihad Stadium, despite being reduced to 10 men in the second half.
The Blues dominated the game and the Red Devils were forced to play the final 10 minutes of normal and added time after United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was dismissed for a clash with City’s frontman Sergio Aguero (photos: above).
Possession: City 63% United 37%
Shots: City 10 United 2
Shots on target: City 3 United 1
Corners: City 3 United 3
City had better chances with Sergio Aguero hitting the post and going close on multiple occasions but Pep Guardiola‘s men couldn’t break through and Jose Mourinho’s United — who finished the game with 10-men after Marouane Fellaini was sent off — remain one point and one place behind them in the table.
Possession: City 69% United 31%
Shots: City 19 United 3
Shots on target: City 6 United 1
Corners: City 7 United 4
Resilient Manchester United Still In Top Four Hunt
United had 30.8% possession – their lowest figure in a Premier League game since Opta started recording possession in 2003-2004. But Mourinho’s side showed all the qualities that have ensured they have remained unbeaten in the Premier League since October to battle their way to a point here.
The draw leaves the two sides a point apart in the Premier Leagus table – City in fourth place and United in fifth – after playing the same number of matches. Both have a game in hand on third-placed Liverpool who are a point above the Blues. The race for a top-four spot in the Premier League continues.
Manchester City: Bravo (Caballero 79), Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling (Jesus 86), De Bruyne, Sane (Navas 80), Aguero.
Subs not used: Sagna, Fernando, Clichy, A. Garcia.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Carrick (c), Fellaini, Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Fosu-Mensah 85), Rashford (Young 90+3), Martial (Lingard 80).
Subs not used: Romero, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Rooney.
Sent off: Fellaini
- Manchester United’s touch match for the second half shows the visitors barely got near City’s penalty box | BBC Sport
I must say that each and every week Marcus Rashford is improving drastically. The 19-year-old teen sensation was the standout player on the pitch in the Manchester Derby at the Etihad, once again.
Manchester United will miss Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s penchant for popping up at the right place at the right time — as he’s done on 28 occasions this season before having his season ended through injury — but I believe that if Marcus Rashford is given enough time on the pitch, his rapid development will surely see him flourish into one of the finest forwards both at Old Trafford and in the footballing game in England.
Jose Mourinho talked to BBC Sport after the game:
“Of course with so many problems, with so many injuries, with so many matches there is incredible fatigue.
“The boys gave absolutely everything. The first half was what we wanted – we controlled totally and quite easily defensively and had the game under control.
“In the second half we could not have the beginnings of a counter attack – we were losing the ball too early.”
Up Man U!