Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, on a penalty kick, today paved the way for Manchester United’s 2-0 victory in the derby with City, in the English football league, in the first defeat of the ‘citizens’ after a long series of games.
Manchester City, a prominent leader of the English league, has not lost in a long time, accumulating since November 21 – after an away defeat, with Tottenham (2-0) -, 28 games without losing and the last 21 with only victories.
The numbers give greater merit to the victory of United, who in today’s game, at the Etihad Stadium, of the 27th round, built the victory by scoring in key moments, first, opening the game and then, at the beginning of the second part.
The Spanish coach Pep Guardiola made the Portuguese Rúben Dias and João Cancelo enter the 11th of the City, leaving Bernardo Silva in the ‘bench’, and Solskjaer, at United, had, as usual, Bruno Fernandes as one of the most influential stones of the team.
The derby started in the worst way for the home team: Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty on Martial, and at two minutes, called for conversion, Bruno Fernandes reinforced United’s top scorer status (and second in the League), and made your 16th goal.
Despite the disadvantage, Manchester City tried to take over the game, but possession did not always translate into danger for Dean Henderson’s goal, when Spaniard De Gea remains out, injured.
In the second half, the ‘story’ was repeated, in a direct football game: Defender Luke Shaw fled on the left, won João Cancelo, progressed meters, scored with Rashford and appeared in the area to finish, at 50, shortly after City lost the chance of 1-1, with a ball from Rodri at the post.
The defeat changed little or almost nothing upfront, with Manchester City in the lead, still by a wide margin, now 11 points ahead of Manchester United, second, and 12 for Leicester, who beat Brighton on Saturday and is third.
Also today, earlier, champions Liverpool, with Diogo Jota back in the starting line, aggravated the nightmare that lives in the English League, losing once again at Anfield Road, this time with Fulham, 1-0.
The ‘reds’ have not known what it is like to win at home for the championship since December 16, almost three months ago, and today they reached their eighth consecutive game without a win at Anfield, in what was also the sixth consecutive defeat on their field.
Jürgen Klopp’s team occupies seventh place, 22 points ahead, but can still be overtaken by Tottenham (eighth), by José Mourinho, who is one point behind and hosts the Crystal Palace (13th).