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Mar 8, 2020 at 4.30pm UK at Old Trafford
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Live Commentary: Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City - as it happened

Relive Manchester United's 2-0 derby victory over Manchester City as two Ederson errors prove costly in the derby to leave Liverpool within two wins of the title.
Live Commentary: Man United 2-0 Man City - as it happened
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Manchester United moved back up to fifth place in the Premier League table courtesy of a third derby victory of the season over Manchester City at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Two errors from Ederson proved costly as he allowed Anthony Martial's volley to squirm under his hand in the first half before gifting Scott McTominay the second with virtually the last kick of the match.

United's 2-0 win sees them close the gap on the top four back to three points, while also meaning that Liverpool are now only two wins away from clinching the title.

Find out how all of the action unfolded courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below.


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Good morning! Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for the 182nd edition of the derby between Manchester United and Manchester City!

This is the fourth time that these two sides have faced off already this season and, while Man City boast the vastly superior league position and two pieces of silverware to boot, the head-to-head bragging rights for 2019-20 currently belong to United with two wins to one. Both of those victories have come at the Etihad Stadium, though, continuing a curious recent trend of success for the away team in this fixture.

We will be building up to kickoff throughout the day, so stick with us to make sure you don't miss a beat!


Both teams could be missing some key men for today's contest, with Harry Maguire reportedly missing from the United squad despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer optimistic assessment of his fitness in his press conference, and Kevin De Bruyne facing a late fitness test for Man City.

You can check out all of the latest absentees and doubts ahead of this derby here:

> Click here for Man Utd's latest injury and suspension news

> Click here for Man City's latest injury and suspension news

Harry Maguire in action on February 17, 2020© Reuters


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER QUOTES!

The Manchester United manager hit out at the FA ahead of this match having seen his side forced to play on Thursday night in the FA Cup, whereas Man City played on Wednesday, against Sheffield Wednesday. Both teams came through unscathed, but Solskjaer was unhappy that his side have had one day less to get ready for this tie...

"It's that help we get from the FA again – that extra 24 hours that they've had," Solskjaer told reporters.

"I cannot believe why there's a derby on Sunday and we've got to play Thursday night. What's the point in that? That doesn't level the playing field.

"It was the same when we beat them last time to be fair, we played Wednesday and they played Tuesday. Those 24 hours are important, so we've got to be good at recovering now.

"No, I've not [complained]. I don't think we can. It's one of those where you get told when you're going to play, so we've not got any help before this one."


OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER QUOTES!

More from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose side were beaten 3-1 the last time they hosted Man City. City blitzed their local rivals in the first half of that EFL Cup semi-final first leg, and Solskjaer insists that his players have learned from that defeat...

"When you're at home and you have to open up against a team like Man City, they will exploit that if you're not 100 per cent," he told reporters.

"Sometimes being at home with your fans, you want to show them what you can do and beat your opponent, and sometimes you open too many spaces.

"That's what we did for those 10-15 minutes or 20 minutes after they scored a worldie. Before then, it wasn't a problem, before Bernardo (Silva) scored in the top corner.

"It wasn't an issue until our heads went for a little while, so we've got to control our emotions more. And we have, we have learned, so that's an experience we'll bring into this game definitely."


ALL-TIME PREMIER LEAGUE COMBINED XI!

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured for Manchester United in 2009© Reuters

Roy Keane, Paul Scholes or Yaya Toure?

David Silva, Eric Cantona or Kevin De Bruyne?

Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero or Ruud van Nistelrooy?

We have taken on the near-impossible task of choosing the best combined XI between the two clubs from 1992 onwards. Argue away!

> Click here to see our all-time Premier League Manchester derby combined XI


PEP GUARDIOLA QUOTES!

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts on February 26, 2020© Reuters

"It's always so nice. I love it, both teams do. They're always special. Of course the situation this season is a bit different because we play to improve, to finish second, not to win the title. For them it's important to qualify for the Champions League.

"We have to prepare for the next games, especially the two 'finals', against Madrid and Newcastle, and to improve what we do. At Sheffield (Wednesday) there were moments when we struggled a bit to attack fluently.

"In every game we have to improve and to do it against the big teams like United in a derby is the best way to improve."


PEP GUARDIOLA QUOTES!

There would be plenty of managers, players and fans who would be delighted to see the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire miss out for the opposition, but not Pep Guardiola. The Man City boss has taken the rather surprising view that he would prefer to face a full-strength United in today's derby...

"I have always said since the first day I became a manager that I like to play against a full squad from my opponents. I would have loved to play against (Eden) Hazard at the Bernabeu. I don't like to see Rashford out or (Harry) Kane against Tottenham. I prefer to play against top players and all the players available.

"So it is not good for United and he is absent for the national team. Hopefully he can recover as quickly as possible. I would have preferred if he had played for them. At the moment I think about United and which players are available to play against us and after that I am not concerned any more. I don't think even for a half second that he is not there.

"I think about (Anthony) Martial, (Daniel) James, (Bruno) Fernandes and (Odion) Ighalo if he plays, and the way they plays – three or four different types of systems. Also the way we play, trying to settle and understand what we try to do, and the quality they have, the way they play, and to try to go there and put in a good performance."


FORM GUIDE!

Here is how the two sides have fared over the past six games across all competitions, although it perhaps does a disservice to United's unbeaten streak, which now stretches to nine matches. Man City have more wins in their last six, though, chalking up five in a row since their defeat to Tottenham, including a victory at the Bernabeu and EFL Cup glory at Wembley.

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Pep Guardiola is after a little slice of Premier League history at Old Trafford today!


MATCH PREVIEW!

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero sees a header saved against Manchester United in the EFL Cup on January 29, 2020.© Reuters

There are around four-and-a-half hours until kickoff at Old Trafford as excitement continues to build towards this showdown. It is the fourth meeting between the two sides this season but every Manchester derby is a special occasion in its own right.

Click here for everything you need to know about today's contest courtesy of our in-depth preview, including predictions, team news head-to-head records and much more.


MAN UTD TEAM NEWS!

Manchester United's Odion Ighalo pictured on February 27, 2020© Reuters
With Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford definitely out in addition to doubts over Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, there is sure to be plenty of intrigue around the United starting lineup when it is release in around three hours.

Click here to see how we think the Red Devils could line up, including a first league start for the club for Odion Ighalo.


MAN CITY TEAM NEWS!

Kevin De Bruyne warms up for Man City on March 1, 2020© Reuters
Man City could also be without a major player as doubts emerged over Kevin De Bruyne during the week. Guardiola boasts huge strength in depth, of course, but De Bruyne is perhaps the one player he can least afford to lose given his form at the moment.

Click here to see how we think Man City could line up, with a record-chasing Sergio Aguero leading the line.


PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE!

This is how the Premier League table looks ahead of today's games, with 15 points separating Man City and Man United. United are, of course, gunning for a Champions League spot this season and so will have a close eye on events at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea take on Everton in a 2pm kickoff. Man City, meanwhile, are 25 points behind Liverpool but play three times before the league leaders are next in Premier League action.

PL table


COMBINED XI!

Kevin De Bruyne and 'Fred' in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Manchester United on December 7, 2019© Reuters
De Gea or Ederson?

Bruno Fernandes or David Silva?

Anthony Martial or Bernardo Silva?

Click here to find out who makes the cut in our combined XI between these two sides ahead of today's showdown.


There could be history made in this match today, with Man City's Sergio Aguero now within two goals of Wayne Rooney's all-time high tally of 11 Manchester derby goals.

The Argentine, whose goal against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek saw him overtake Rooney's Man United goal tally in far fewer games for Man City, is just one strike behind equalling the Man City club record for this fixture, while a hat-trick would see him move clear of Rooney as the all-time leading derby scorer.

Click here for the full story

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal on March 4, 2020© Reuters


ONE HOUR UNTIL TEAM NEWS!

Kevin De Bruyne warms up for Man City on March 1, 2020© Reuters

Both teams have injury doubts hanging over key players ahead of Sunday's contest, with Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Maguire both facing a race to be fit in time.

De Bruyne is suffering from a back injury which ruled him out of the midweek win at Hillsborough, although Guardiola revealed in his pre-match press conference that the playmaker is "getting better" and could still be in contention to feature.

The derby comes too soon for Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, though, with the latter still working towards match fitness having been sidelined since August with a knee injury.

Guardiola has a decision to make regarding who leads the line; Gabriel Jesus scored the winner in their last league outing whereas Sergio Aguero netted the only goal of the game in midweek.

That strike means that the Argentine has now scored 23 goals across all competitions this season - more than any other Premier League player - while he also now has 254 goals in 367 appearances for City, one more than United's record scorer Rooney managed in 559 games for the Red Devils.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their first goal on March 4, 2020© Reuters

Another Rooney record is now in sight for Aguero, who would surpass the former England captain as the leading scorer in Manchester derby history with a hat-trick at Old Trafford. Aguero is currently on nine derby goals, one short of the Man City club record and two behind Rooney's mark of 11.

At the other end of the spectrum, Raheem Sterling will once again be looking for his first ever goal against United, having drawn blanks in all 19 of his previous meetings at Liverpool and Man City - by far his worst run against any opponent.

The winger will no doubt be hoping for another De Gea mistake, then - no player has made more errors leading directly to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season - but Solskjaer has confirmed that the Spaniard remains his number one.

A number of other players are expected to return to the starting XI after sitting out on Thursday, although injury doubts persist over Maguire (ankle), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (back) and Daniel James (knock).

Solskjaer is hopeful of having all three available for the match, but Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba remain sidelined with this derby coming just too soon for the latter, who is due to return to first-team training next week.

Anthony Martial could be pushed out wide after Odion Ighalo scored twice in midweek, with the January loan arrival staking his claim for a first Premier League start since New Year's Day in 2017.

Bruno Fernandes, who has been widely credited with giving United the lift which has resulted in their improved form, is expected to start again having been directly involved in 19 goals from 21 league games for Sporting Lisbon and United this season.

Man Utd possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Fred; James, Fernandes, Martial; Ighalo

Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling


Man United probably need this result more than Man City in terms of league position - City have almost certainly wrapped up a top-four spot but may not be in Europe next season anyway due to their ban, whereas Chelsea's current 2-0 lead against Everton only cranks up the pressure on United to keep pace with Frank Lampard's side.

However, Man City will certainly not wave the white flag today. Pep Guardiola demands a high level of performance in every game, yet alone a derby, and they will be as up for this one as if the Premier League title was still on the line.

Indeed, in an effort to stoke the flames, the club have released a video to whet the appetite for this one even more...


The away team has dominated this derby in recent years, and Man City come into today's game having won each of their last three visits to Old Trafford across all competitions, including once already this season.

That puts Pep Guardiola's side on the brink of equalling an 89-year-old derby record, full details of which can be found here.


TEN MINUTES UNTIL TEAM NEWS!

The teams will be released in just 10 minutes, and there is plenty to look out for - will there be Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Maguire among the starters? Will Odion Ighalo lead the line for United? Will Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus start for City?


TEAM NEWS!

Harry Maguire starts for United, but no De Bruyne for Manchester City as Phil Foden comes into the XI!

MAN UTD STARTING XI: De Gea; Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fred, Williams; Fernandes; James, Martial

MAN CITY STARTING XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko; Rodrigo, Gundogan, Foden; Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero


MAN UTD SUBS: Romero, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Mata, McTominay, Greenwood, Ighalo

MAN CITY SUBS: Bravo, Walker, Jesus, Silva, Mendy, Mahrez, E Garcia


Harry Maguire in action for Manchester United on February 27, 2020© Reuters

It looks as though United will go to three at the back for this match, then, with captain Harry Maguire the headline name to return to the side after missing the midweek win over Derby County.

Brandon Williams also starts at left wing-back, while it looks like the pace of Daniel James will be used as a centre-forward alongside Anthony Martial - which of course means no place for Odion Ighalo.


Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden celebrates after winning the EFL Cup on March 1, 2020© Reuters

As for Man City, Phil Foden gets the nod in Kevin De Bruyne's absence, beating the likes of David Silva and Riyad Mahrez to a place in the team. De Bruyne is of course a huge miss, but Foden looks like he could be the future of that Man City midfielder and, having been named man of the match in the EFL Cup final last weekend, he is trusted in the derby today.

Elsewhere, the likes of Walker, Mendy and Gabriel Jesus miss out on the starting lineup, with Aguero leading the line and Cancelo and Zinchenko coming in at full-back.


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on on January 29, 2020© Reuters

The 182nd edition of this derby may not carry as much weight as many of the recent meetings when it comes to the destination of the Premier League title, but it still promises to be a significant one for United in particular.

The race for Champions League football next season continues to be hotly contested with only three points separating four teams between fifth and eighth, while Burnley, Arsenal and Everton cannot be counted out just yet either.

Man City's European ban could be cause for double celebration as far as United are concerned if they do end up finishing fifth - the position they currently occupy - with that enough to earn a seat at Europe's top table as things stand.

However, the Red Devils will need to hold off stiff competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United, the latter of whom arguably hold the advantage at this stage given their game in hand over the teams above them in the table.

Man City's appeal against the ban does mean that a question mark remains over whether fifth place will be enough, though, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be urging his side to exploit Chelsea's inconsistency and bridge the six-point gap to the top four over the final 10 games of the season.


Manchester United's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring their third goal with Manchester United's Fred and teammates on March 5, 2020© Reuters
United are certainly going into the business end of the campaign in good form; Thursday's FA Cup cruise at Wayne Rooney's Derby County booked their place in the quarter-finals and made it nine games unbeaten across all competitions, during which time they have kept seven clean sheets and conceded only two goals.

Solskjaer will justifiably argue that they should have only conceded one goal considering David de Gea's gift to Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 1-1 draw with Everton last time out, although a contentious VAR call then denied the Toffees a late winner at Goodison Park to keep United's unbeaten streak intact.

The 20-time champions will be looking to get back to winning ways in a double-header which sees them face Man City and fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur in their next two top-flight games, while a Europa League trip to LASK Linz is sandwiched between those two matches.

It is a relatively kind run-in for United after that, though, with Sheffield United and Leicester City the only teams currently in the top half that they will have to face in their final eight games of the campaign.

A positive result against City this weekend would be a bonus to some extent, then, although Solskjaer has already got the better of Pep Guardiola in two of their three meetings this season, both of which came at the Etihad Stadium.


Manchester City players pose with the trophy as they celebrate winning the EFL Cup on March 1, 2020© Reuters

However, City's record at Old Trafford has been superb in recent years, while their most recent defeat to United was made irrelevant by the first-leg victory in that EFL Cup semi-final as they booked their place at Wembley courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Guardiola's side went on to continue their dominance of domestic cup competitions by beating Aston Villa in last weekend's final, claiming a third successive EFL Cup crown, while they sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup by edging past Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Throw their memorable victory away to Real Madrid into the mix and this is Man City's first taste of Premier League action since scraping past Leicester on February 22 - a result which secured successive top-flight clean sheets for only the second time this season.

Plenty has changed since then - in addition to collecting another trophy and winning at the Bernabeu, they have also seen Liverpool lose in the league for the first time this season, although they remain 22 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp's side and that deficit could grow to 25 when the Reds face Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime.

Liverpool's defeat was of more significance to City in that it means the Reds could now win the title at the Etihad Stadium on April 5 if both teams keep on winning, although Guardiola's side face some tough challenges between then and now with United, Arsenal, Burnley, Real Madrid and an FA Cup tie against Newcastle United still to come in March.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts on February 26, 2020© Reuters

The priority for the remainder of the campaign will still be adding the Champions League to their trophy cabinet, but Guardiola is a serial winner and this is a team built in his mould so they will very much have their sights set on a League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League treble now.

The champions will not wave the white flag in the Premier League either with the outcome of their European ban still to be decided, and victory on Sunday would see them build an 18-point lead over United to close in on confirmation of a top-four spot.

City make the short trip to Old Trafford looking to win six consecutive games across all competitions for the first time this season, while they could also keep three Premier League clean sheets in a row for the first time in 2019-20.

The magnitude of the match - and perhaps the desire to prevent United from being the team to capitalise on their European ban - should be enough to ensure that the players' minds remain focused on domestic matters rather than the looming visit of Madrid later this month.


We say: Man United 2-2 Man City

There have only been two draws in the last 24 editions of this derby across all competitions, but with both sides coming into the match in good form we can see them cancelling each other out.

United certainly need the win more than City in terms of their league aspirations this season, but the away team has dominated this fixture in recent years and we are backing Guardiola's side to come away with a share of the spoils on Sunday.


KICKOFF:  Here we go! Manchester United get us underway for this derby at Old Trafford!

Man Utd have settled nice and quickly into this match, seeing a decent amount of the ball and trying to pen Man City in when the visitors have it inside their own half.

Zinchenko almost plays his side into trouble with a wayward backward pass which threatens to send Martial in. However, the United forward is a bit sluggish to pounce on it and that allows Cancelo the opportunity to get across and make an interception.

Brilliant challenge from Fred in the middle of the park as he stops Bernardo Silva in his tracks just when it looked as though the Portuguese might be launching a dangerous Man City counter.

The first real spell of Man City pressure arrives and forces Williams into a couple of pieces of defending in quick succession, both of which concede corners which come to nothing.

SAVE!  De Gea is forced into the first save of the contest as Foden clips the ball to Sterling on the left side of the area. Sterling tries to curl an effort low into the far corner, but it lacks power and De Gea is there in good time to turn it behind for a corner.

Man City have very much settled into this match now, and their pressure is growing in an ominous way for United. However, the hosts' game plan relies on City seeing plenty of the ball and attacking to create space on the counter.

Poor from Maguire as he dives in on Aguero, who slips the ball through his legs to advance into the area. Matic is alert, though, and pokes the ball behind for a corner before Aguero can pull the trigger.

Aguero has started this game really brightly, which could be bad news for United. The Argentine needs only one more goal to become the joint-highest scoring City player in derbies, while two will take him level with Rooney.

SAVE!  United have their first real sight of goal as Fernandes slips the ball into the path of James, who drills a low effort into the arms of Ederson - a relatively comfortable save for the Brazilian.

In hindsight, James may have been better served looking for a cross to Martial there, but you can see why he went for goal.


United have seen around 30% of the ball so far, which is a good indication of how this match is going at the moment. United are relying on one or two moments on the counter-attack, one of which they have already seen go begging with James's effort.

United have another chance to break here, but Fernandes's pass to Martial is poor and easily picked off. Those passes forward need to be quick, sharp and accurate if United are to spring the sort of counter-attacks which have hurt Man City in recent meetings.

A pass is clipped over the top of the Man City defence by Williams and Martial brings it down really well inside the area, but with Ederson slightly out of position Otamendi gets himself in the way of the shot to make an important block.

Maguire passed a late fitness test for this one but there have been a couple of occasions already where he has looked a little shaky.

Free kick to United in a very dangerous position here as Otamendi brings James down with a clumsy challenge right on the edge of the area...

...Fernandes takes it on, but it is a poor strike which goes straight into the Man City wall.

This is a good spell for United now; they are beginning to see more of the ball inside the Man City half and are beginning to ask a few questions of the visiting defence. This has been an intriguing opening half-hour or so at Old Trafford!

CHANCE!  Big chance for United as Martial flicks the ball away from Fernandinho, getting the better of the Brazilian to cut inside. He has an unmarked Fernandes screaming for it on the edge of the area but chooses to go for goal alone and puts his effort far too close to Ederson. He should have done better there!

YELLOW CARD!  Fernandinho is the first name in the book for today's derby as he goes in for dissent after Mike Dean awarded a free kick to United.

GOAL!  MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY (ANTHONY MARTIAL)

Manchester United's Anthony Martial celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on March 8, 2020© Reuters


GOAL!  First blood to Manchester United! The hosts strike from the free kick which the Man City players were contesting, although it is a terrible and uncharacteristic error from Ederson which costs them too.

Take nothing away from the ingenuity, though, as Fernandes scoops his free kick into the path of Martial, who hits a first-time volley at the front post which squirms under the hand of Ederson.


CHANCE!  United smell a bit of blood here! They come forward again and Williams swings a cross into the box which Fernandes rises to meet, but can only put well wide having overrun the ball a bit.

YELLOW CARD!  Rodri also picked up a yellow card for dissent for that contentious free kick, which in truth never should have been given by Mike Dean. Even so, Ederson should have dealt with that Martial strike much better.

Fine defending from Wan-Bissaka as he slides in on Sterling and wins the ball cleanly. The United right-back certainly came out on top in that chapter of their duel!

Wan-Bissaka drives forward into the area and tries to pull the ball back for Martial, but it is cut out and put behind for a corner, Another dangerous attack from the hosts, though, and it is United who are looking by far the most dangerous right now.

There has been a definite swing in momentum over the course of this half. Man City began on top, but in the five minutes immediately prior to United's goal they saw just 17% of the ball and since then it has almost been one-way traffic too.

YELLOW CARD!  Fred picks up a yellow card for diving inside the area and VAR has backed up Mike Dean's version of events, but the replay suggests that it should have actually been a penalty. Otamendi made contact with the Brazilian and that really is a bizarre call from the video assistant.

Otamendi is having a torrid time of things in this first half. He has really struggled to deal with James at times and was fortunate not to give away a penalty just then. Zinchenko isn't exactly helping him, but Otamendi has been the main culprit defensively so far.

There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.

HALF TIME:  MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY

The first half comes to an end at Old Trafford and it is Manchester United who lead as things stand following a contentious goal from Anthony Martial.

Man City began the match well, dominating possession in the opening 20 minutes, but United have fought back and deserve their lead at the halfway stage. City have not been themselves from around the midway point of that half and Pep Guardiola must be demanding more from his players.


The goal itself came about courtesy of a mix of ingenuity from Bruno Fernandes and a mistake from Ederson, who allowed the ball to squirm underneath his hand at the near post after Martial had latched on to Fernandes's scooped free kick.

The controversy came regarding the free kick award itself, though, with replays showing that Fernandes rather bought the set piece, with Bernardo Silva the man harshly penalised.


While Man City got the raw end of that decision, they were perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty later in the half as both Mike Dean and the VAR ruled that Fred had dived in the penalty area.

The Brazilian was duly booked by Mike Dean, but replays showed that there was contact with Otamendi and it could have easily been given as a spot kick to the champions.


It would not be a surprise to see changes either at half time or early in the second half from Man City if nothing changes soon as Pep Guardiola cannot be happy with that first-half display.

City have only had one sight of goal - Sterling denied by De Gea - and they are being beaten at their own game for the most part at the moment.


KICKOFF:  Manchester City get us back underway for the second half. No changes for either side at the break.

DISALLOWED GOAL!  Sergio Aguero has the ball in the back of the net, but the lineman's flag is up. De Gea seems to stop as Aguero tucks the ball home, but VAR will check it...

DISALLOWED GOAL!  My word, that was a close one! The replay shows that there was centimetres in it, at most, although the VAR is still fair inconclusive. No goal, though, and play continues! More questions would have been asked of De Gea for stopping playing had that stood!

CLOSE!  Almost a huge moment at the other end as Ederson allows the ball to slip under his foot, which sends it trickling towards the goalline. Martial is closing in and looks at one stage as though he will just tap it in from close range, but Ederson salvages the situation with a last-gasp sliding challenge to save a certain goal!

Back to that Aguero offside and it looks as though it may be another armpit offside. It is so tight - the linesman should never have put his flag up for one so tight but VAR has spared both his and De Gea's blushes.

That has been an action-packed start to the half, and United seem to want to keep the tempo up here. The hosts have started brightly again here and continue to look dangerous - they are certainly out to win this rather than just hoping to catch Man City on the break.

We said before kickoff that this match was probably more important for United, and to be honest for the most part it has looked like that. Man City have bigger priorities elsewhere this season and that may be one reason why they have been short of their best so far.

SAVE!  Phil Foden lines up a shot from around 25 yards out and strikes it well, but it is central and in the end it is a fairly routine one for De Gea to turn over the crossbar.

YELLOW CARD!  Cancelo is the latest name in the book for a late challenge on Brandon Williams.

MAN CITY SUBS: An interesting double change for Man City here as Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez replace Aguero and Bernardo Silva. Guardiola makes his move just before the hour mark.

CHANCE!  Half a chance for Man City to get the equaliser as Otamendi meets a corner and flicks a header goalwards, but it is too high and goes behind for a goal kick.

SHOT!  Now the game looks like it might have settled into a pattern of Man City attack, Man Utd counter. That happens here as James races clear and clips a cross into the box which is just too high for Martial. City go up the other end and Foden again tries his luck from range, but he fires it off target.

Those two changes have allowed Man City to get a grip on this game again and it is the visitors who are piling all the pressure on right now. United would have expected this, but they still have 25 minutes to hold out against this rising pressure.

Martial does finally provide a moment of relief on the break, driving forward before turning back and recycling the ball to his defence. The goalscorer has been good up front for United today, justifying his inclusion ahead of Odion Ighalo.

Mahrez turns Williams inside out down the right channel before firing a ball across the face of goal. The cross is a bit too hard, but there were no Man City runners attacking that six-yard area either.

CHANCE!  United hit Man City on the break again as he skips past Otamendi, who once again dives in rashly. However, the winger then makes the wrong decision by going for goal from a tight angle rather than picking out Fernandes in the middle, allowing Ederson to turn it behind for a corner.

CHANCE!  Half a chance from the resulting corner as Maguire stoops to meet the ball, but he steers it wide of the target.

Concern for United here as Luke Shaw goes down and requires treatment. It doesn't look like a promising one at first, but he is soon back on his feet and looks like he will be fine to continue.

CHANCE!  Sterling just cannot score against United! Mahrez storms forward down the right and fires a fine ball across the face of goal which Sterling throws himself at, but can only get a stud on rather than a full boot! Jesus keeps the ball alive, though, and drills a hard follow-up effort towards goal which De Gea gets down really smartly to save.

MAN CITY SUB: The third and final change for Man City as Benjamin Mendy replaces Zinchenko.

MAN UTD SUBS: Solskjaer responds with a double change of his own - Eric Bailly and Scott McTominay replace Williams and Martial.

Just 10 minutes left for United to hold on now! Man City have had 86% possession in the last 10 minutes and United can expect them to knock on the door even harder from now on, but for now they are holding out!

United have the chance to break again here as Daniel James carries the ball forward really well, but he then holds on to it for too long and by the time he releases it, Fernandes has strayed into an offside position.

The rain is pouring down in Manchester now as United continue to frustrate Man City here. As an aside, if this match stays like this then Liverpool would only need two more wins to secure the title.

United have called for Odion Ighalo, whose Manchester derby debut could be imminent now. That will help to waste a bit more time, and should also help United to hold the ball up.

MAN UTD SUB: Here comes Ighalo, replacing his fellow January arrival Bruno Fernandes.

Superb starting position from Ederson as he sweeps up a dangerous ball forward which James was interested in.

SAVE!  Sterling finds a yard of space and goes for goal from just outside the area, but his effort is really weak and easy for De Gea to gather.

We are into the second of FIVE minutes added time at the end of this match.

The seconds are ticking away here as United bring all of the time-wasting tactics to the table. Man City will have to come up with something special to rescue this one now!

GOAL!  MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 MANCHESTER CITY (SCOTT McTOMINAY)

GOAL!  Incredible scenes at Old Trafford as United wrap the game up with one of the last kicks of the match, and it is a stunning finish from McTominay!

It is another error from Ederson too, though, as his throw misses its target, allowing McTominay to pounce on it. He still has a lot to do, though, and sweeps his finish into the empty net from all of 35-40 yards out!


FULL TIME:  MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 MANCHESTER CITY

Old Trafford is absolutely bouncing with that result! Gary Neville says he hasn't seen the stadium like it in a while, and the feelgood factor is certainly back as they make it 10 games unbeaten across all competitions.

None of those have been as sweet as this one, though as United earn a 2-0 derby victory over Manchester City, helped largely by two costly Ederson errors.


Right, that is all we have time for this evening!

Thank you very much for joining Sports Mole for today's derby as Manchester United earn the bragging rights with a 2-0 victory over Manchester City, whose defeat in turn leaves Liverpool just two wins away from clinching the title.

I will leave you with our match report, and be sure to stick around for reactions too. From me, though, it is goodbye for now!


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

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