Manchester United broke Manchester City’s record winning streak with a 2-0 win over the Premier League champions, though Liverpool reached a new low when relegation-threatened Fulham beat them at Anfield on Sunday.
Prior to the Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola’s side had won 21 consecutive games in all competitions, a Premier League record.
But, thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw’s second-half strike at the Etihad Stadium, United ended City’s 28-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has climbed above Leicester into second position in the Premier League, but they are only 11 points behind City with 10 games remaining.
Despite breaking their 15-match winning streak in the league for the first time since November’s loss at Tottenham, City remain strong favorites to win the title for the third time in four seasons.
Unless City suffers a stunning collapse in the final weeks, United’s third victory in the last four league meetings with their bitter rivals will be remembered for securing a top-four spot rather than rekindling title hopes.
United would rue their recent slump, which allowed City to pull so far ahead in the title race, but at the very least, they slowed City’s march to the trophy.
Anthony Martial made a risky raid into the City area with only 34 seconds remaining, and Gabriel Jesus answered with a needless, sloppy challenge that sent the French striker sprawling.
Fernandes took the penalty kick and slid it past Ederson, who got a hand on the ball but couldn’t hold it out.
It was United’s first goal in four games, and it was the first time City had trailed in 20 league games.
Guardiola’s team eventually took over, with referee Anthony Taylor dismissing a powerful penalty appeal when Raheem Sterling was blocked by Fred.
City were caught with a 50th-minute sucker punch after Riyad Mahrez fired inches wide and Rodri’s drive hit the bar.
Left-back for Manchester United Shaw broke free from deep inside his own half, played a one-two with Marcus Rashford, and finished well past Ederson from just inside the field.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN