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Football | Red Devils end Man City's historic run

Manchester United have ended Manchester City’s remarkable 28-game winning steak with a stunning 2-0 derby victory.

Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw struck early in each half to earn the Red Devils to inflict defeat on Pep Guardiola's league leaders for the first time since November.

United made the dream start at the Etihad, winning a penalty inside a minute after Gabriel Jesus' clumsy trip on Anthony Martial in the City box.

Fernandes stepped up from 12 yards, and despite Ederson guessing the right way, the Portuguese midfielder's low penalty found the bottom corner.

Luke Shaw double United lead five minutes into the second half. The English left back drove down the wing and played a neat one-two with Marcus Rashford before firing a low left-footed effort into the far bottom corner from 15 yards.

United, who have been criticised for their cautious performances in big games, flew out of the traps with intent.

They pressed relentlessly from the outset and created plenty of openings, with Shaw and Rashford both forcing Ederson into saves in the opening quarter. At the other end, Oleksandr Zinchenko tested Dean Henderson with an effort, while Kevin De Bruyne forced the United 'keeper to tip a free kick over the crossbar.

Rodri struck the crossbar early in the second half, before Shaw doubled the visitors' lead soon afterwards.

Martial then squandered a glorious opportunity to add to the Red Devils' lead, but City were unable to find a goal, with Raheem Sterling failing to connect with a cross in the six-yard box.

The result cuts City’s lead over United at the top of the premier league to 11 points, and while it may be a stretch to suggest the title race has been reignited, it has slowed what was looking like a procession.

It may certainly rejuvenate United, who might have feared being dragged into a battle for a top-four place after a number of inconsistent performances.

The only downside for United was the loss of Marcus Rashford through injury in the second half.

 

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