Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-0 in the first Manchester derby of the Premier League season at Old Trafford on Sunday. Erling Haaland scored twice, and Phil Foden added a third to give Pep Guardiola’s side a comfortable victory.
City took the lead in the 26th minute when Haaland converted a penalty after Rasmus Hojlund was adjudged to have fouled Rodri in the box. The Norwegian striker doubled his tally eight minutes into the second half, heading home from close range after Bernardo Silva had provided the cross.
Foden wrapped up the points for City in the 80th minute, finishing off a flowing move involving Haaland and Riyad Mahrez. The goal was Foden’s third of the season, and he is now the club’s joint-leading scorer alongside Haaland.
United, meanwhile, were disappointing and struggled to create any clear-cut chances throughout the game. The defeat leaves them in sixth place in the Premier League table, while City move up to second, four points behind leaders Arsenal.
Guardiola praises Haaland and Silva
City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his players after the game, particularly Haaland and Silva.
“Erling is a fantastic player,” Guardiola said. “He is still young, and he has a lot to learn, but he is already one of the best strikers in the world. He is always hungry for goals, and he is a great addition to our team.
“Bernardo is also a fantastic player,” Guardiola added. “He is so intelligent, and he has such a good understanding of the game. He is always looking for ways to create chances for his teammates, and he is a vital part of our team.”
Ten Hag, disappointed with United’s performance
United manager Erik ten Hag was disappointed with his team’s performance after the game.
“It was a very disappointing performance,” Ten Hag said. “We didn’t create enough chances and we made too many mistakes. We need to learn from this and improve quickly.”