Manchester United demolish Manchester city at Etihad stadium.

How did Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday?

United were as spectacular as City were shoddy in the first half, as the visitors raced into a 2-0 lead. Marcus Rashford’s penalty, via VAR, put them ahead (23), before Anthony Martial squeezed a low strike off the post from 18 yards (29).

Nicolas Otamendi pulled one back (85) but the Red Devils held on for a big three points.

How they lined up

Both sides lined up in their most familiar formations, with City starting full-backs Kyle Walker and Angelino in a 4-3-3, while Anthony Martial spearheaded United’s 4-2-3-1.

United forced Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson into three saves, scored twice and hit the woodwork inside the first 30 minutes of their 2-1 Manchester derby triumph at the Etihad Stadium.

Counter-attacking has become a hallmark of Solskjaer’s reign as United manager and they went from bottom to top for ‘fast breaks’ within six months of his caretaker appointment last December.

United ruthlessly exposed City’s makeshift defence with a front four of Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with the latter two claiming the goals.

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