Manchester City dominates Manchester derby at Old Trafford
The Controversial Turning Point
Tensions soared 24 minutes in, when VAR adjudicated a foul by Manchester United's Hojlund on Rodri inside the penalty box. Haaland made no mistake from the spot, setting the tone for a night that would firmly belong to him.
Onana's Heroics and Haaland's Relentless Pursuit
As the first half was drawing to a close, Andre Onana, Manchester United's goalkeeper produced a moment of brilliance. Denying Haaland a seemingly certain goal with a world-class save, it briefly seemed as if the home side could turn the tide. But Haaland, relentless in his pursuit of goals, struck again soon after the break, sending a bullet header past a diving Onana.
City's All-Round Dominance
In the 79th minute, demonstrating his all-round game, Haaland whipped in a cross that found Phil Foden, who calmly tapped in City's third. While Manchester United showed glimpses of their attacking potential, they were constantly thwarted by a resolute City defense, and the visitors' clinical efficiency in front of the goal left no room for a comeback.
This emphatic win not only cements Manchester City's chase for the top spot but also serves as a stern warning to the league leaders. As for Manchester United, they'll be keen to regroup and regain momentum in their forthcoming matches. With plenty of games left in the season, the title race promises to be a thrilling affair. But for now, Manchester City have certainly earned their bragging rights in this fiercely contested derby.