Hello and welcome to the highlights of Sportstar’s coverage of the Manchester Derby.
That was all from the match blog. Haaland dazzled with three goals and two assists to set his team up for three points. United will go back to the drawing board after its four-match winning streak came to an end.
Premier League: Haaland, Foden fire hattricks to beat Manchester United 6-3
“Doesn’t get better than this. We came back (from International duty) on Thursday and on Friday I felt that something special is going to happen. It’s hard to explain the energy around the derby. The strikers think of goals but I try to do everything right and the chances will come. If the finishing is good, I will get the result. The chemistry (with De Bruyne) feels so natural. I go on the run and he finds me.”
Haaland strolls around the park with the match ball in his hand. He greets Foden who is also hunting for a match ball to collect. Nine goals were scored today which is a record for the Manchester derby. The game started with Manchester city absolutely bossing its rival and firing four goals in the first half. United pulled one back in the second half via Antony’s long range effort before City rampaged two more. Substitute Martial scored two late goals but the game was already dusted by then. City wins its eighth successive home game and moves back to within one point of league leader Arsenal.
Martial is fouled in the City penalty area and the referee points to the spot. Martial steps up to take the shot and fires it into the top right corner to cut the deficit to three goals. 6-3!
Martial scores a second for Manchester United!
Pep Guardiola makes a flurry of changes as his side has absolutely ran its rival to the ground.
Foden brings up his hattrick! It’s 6-1 to City.
This is Haaland’s third hattrick is as many home games. A record! He takes his tally to 14 goals for the season.
HATTRICK FOR HAALAND! This is just so easy for the Norwegian.
Manchester United has made four changes so far and Cristiano Ronaldo is still warming the bench. Meanwhile, the tempo of the game has slowed down as City seems comfortable with the situation of the match.
Antony with a screamer! United gets a goal.
United with probably its first meaningful string of passes. The entire midfield and frontline work the ball around the City penalty area. City maintains its tight defensive line and does not give any space, though.
A corner for City! Grealish sends the ball to Gomez on the left side. But before the cross is made, Dalot covers up ground to deflect the ball and sends the ball out of play. City is unable to threaten from the set piece.
Cancelo wins the ball for City and attempts to channel the ball out to the right. But before he manages that he is fouled near the centre circle.
Erik ten Hag makes the change in the back line as he attempts damage control. City kicks off the ball to get the second half underway.
City has rampaged its way to half-time. Haaland has ear-to-ear wide grin as he walks off. The proceeding was started by Foden who scored in the eighth minute. Haaland then scored his 12th and 13th goals of the Premier League season to make it 3-0, with the third goal scored of a sumptuous KDB pass. Foden rubbed further salt on United’s wounds and made it 4-0 before the end of first 45 minutes. Back for the second half shortly.
The noisy neighbours are running riot at Etihad Stadium! Foden scores the fourth and if you thought Haaland can only score, he just assisted this one.
Varane has to be removed due to the injury the defender faced. City, too, is forced to make a change as Kyle Walker is replaced by Sergio Gomez.
Another goal for Haaland! City is taking its city rivals to the cleaners! Two goals in four minutes.
Haaland scores! That was inevitable really!
Another flurry of shots by City. United somehow manages to find a body to block these attempts. Varane goes down with an injured legs and the United players are fuming at Oliver for not stopping the play. The sequence ends with De Bruyne’s driven shot which is just tipped over the cross bar by De Gea.
Antony has the ball on the right flank and he hopes for a United shirt to break into a run and sends a cross to the far post. The ball goes to waste as nobody from United tries to meet the ball.
City dictating play here. It is knocking the ball all around the park. A corner came in the 26th minute though nothing came off it. It regained the possession moments later and the cycle continues.
Yellow card for Malacia. A poor pass from United allows Foden to pounce and break on a counter. But Malacia stops him and goes into the book.
Another chance for City! United is rattled. Dalot is again outworked by Silva on the left, who barely prevents the ball from going for a goal kick and sends the cross in. No United player is able to clear it and the ball lands at Foden’s feet. He takes a touch and sends it for the top left corner but hits it wide.
Woodwork! City inches away from doubling its lead. Grealish wins a foul right on the edge of the penalty area. Gundogan takes the free kick. He opts to go around the wall and hits the woodwork.
Walker makes an error in clearing a long ball which gives a peep to Sancho and he enters the box. He passes to an on rushing Eriksen but he is unable to sort his feet out in time and only manages a weak shot.
All of City’s experiments seem comfortable so far. Gundogan in the holding midfielder role as well Akanji and Ake in the defensive slots.
Malacia fights the ball off Foden which allows the visitors to break on a counter attack. Ederson spots the danger in advance and comes charging down from his line to clear the ball.
Goal for Manchester City! Phil Foden open the scoring.
Manchester City has deployed an aggressive high press that we are so used to seeing. United has failed to keep the ball in the opening minutes.
Pinball in the United six-yard box! Bernardo gets the ball on left flank and he crosses the ball in. Haaland heads the ball but meets a United shirt. The rebound lands with Kevin De Bruyne who shoots but only to be saved by De Gea. Bernardo then attempts a third shot but McTominay gets in the way and blocks. The ball is eventually scrapped out of danger.
The first yellow card of the game is brandished to Diogo Dalot who fouls Grealish as he attempts to run free on the left flank.
Manchester United gets us underway at the Etihad Stadium. Michael Oliver is the man in charge of the contest.
The formality of the pre-match handshake is done with. We’re down to business now.
A win for United will be its 50th over Manchester City in the league. Only Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have managed to do that so far.
“It’s a different game. We want to play our game. I know they want to dictate with high intensity, but we want to bring them out of their comfort zone. Rashford trained well, took the right steps and he fit. Rodri has huge impact but they still have a good XI on pitch.”
“Hopefully both teams enjoy and a good show for the people. He (Rodri) felt something in his leg yesterday and we didn’t weant to take risk. Fight for the second balls, and be creative enough.”
Played - 187, Manchester City - 57, Manchester United - 77, Draw - 53. Manchester is still red?
“If I time my runs perfectly, I know no one will stop me. When Kevin De Bruyne passes me the ball perfectly, I know one will stop me. I have the speed as well.”
Erling Haaland has made 91 off-ball runs into the box this season, the most of any player in the Premier League. The Norwegian sits on 11 goals in seven appearances.
Rodri is out of the playing XI after 20 consecutive starts. The Spaniard faced an injury last week and has been removed from the squad as a precautionary measure. Gundogan is expected to take the sweeping role. But will that leave a gaping hole in the home team’s midfield?
De Gea - Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia - McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Eriksen - Sancho, Antony - Rashford
Manchester City goes with a 4-3-3 lineup. Ederson - Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo - Gundogan (C), De Bruyne, Bernardo - Foden, Haaland, Grealish
The playing XI’s will be released shortly.
The red and blue clubs of Manchester will face off for the first time this season when United visits defending champion City on Sunday.
After back-to-back losses to start the season, United seems to be getting its campaign back on track. It has won its last four games in the Premier League which includes wins against arch-rival Liverpool and league leader Arsenal. This has propelled United to fifth place, just five points short of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur with two games in hand.
Manchester United has also won its last two away games against Leicester and Southampton. This rich vein of form saw boss Erik ten Hag being rewarded with the Manager of the Month award for September. Marcus Rashford, too, bagged the Player of the Month prize.
Manchester City is unbeaten this season with five wins and two draws. However, the two draws, against Aston Villa and Newcastle United, hampered its momentum and saw it fall behind Arsenal in the race for the first position
Nonetheless, Pep Guardiola’s side is in top form, scoring 23 goals in seven games, thanks to the exploits of new signing Erling Haaland. The Norwegian has scored 11 goals in just seven appearances in the English top flight.
City’s target will be simple - maintain this season’s 100% win record at home, win three points, and move to second place, keeping the pressure intact on leader Arsenal.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will Manchester City vs Manchester City be played?
The EPL match between Manchester City vs Manchester City will be played at the Etihad Stadium.
What time will Manchester City vs Manchester City begin?
The match will begin at 6:30 pm IST/ 2 pm BST.
Where can I watch Manchester City vs Manchester City?
The live telecast of the match will be available on Star Sports Select in India. The match will also be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar app.