Manchester United ends Manchester City's 21 successive victories in all competitions

Manchester United brought Manchester City's 21 successive victories in all competitions to a crashing halt with an impressive derby victory at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

City still have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but the manner in which United subdued a previously unstoppable City and enhanced their own top-four chances will be a huge confidence to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his squad.

United also set a new record by going 22 league away games unbeaten - including 14 wins.

Thye stunned City with a fast start and were ahead after a penalty was awarded inside the first 30 seconds when Gabriel Jesus fouled the impressive Antony Martial.

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot despite City keeper Ederson getting a strong hand on the ball, then United fashioned the win with a mixture of solid defence and constant menace on the break.

Rodri almost equalised just after the break when his shot glanced off the angle of post and bar, but United effectively sealed the win - condemning City to their first loss since a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on 21 November - when the outstanding Shaw, who had earlier missed a chance to double United's lead, led a counter-attack, exchanging passes with Marcus Rashford before beating Ederson with a low shot.

Solskjaer's team, who had not scored in their previous three games, moved back into second place, a point ahead of Leicester City in the increasingly tight fight for a place in the top four.

City's run comes to an end - the stats

  • Manchester City were beaten for the first time since November 2020 (2-0 by Tottenham), ending a run of 28 games without defeat across all competitions.
  • Among managers Pep Guardiola has faced more than three times across all competitions as a top-flight boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the only one to have won (four) more often than he has lost (three).
  • Solskjaer is the first manager in United history to win his first three away meetings in all competitions with City.
  • Since the start of the 2019-20 season, three of City's five home defeats in all competitions have come against United.
  • United are unbeaten in their past 103 Premier League games when leading at half-time (W91 D12).
  • Marcus Rashford's assist for United's second goal was his 10th in all competitions this season - the first time he has reached double figures.
  • Since his Premier League debut in February 2020, United's Bruno Fernandes has scored 12 of his 13 penalties.

What's next?

City are back in league action against Southampton on Wednesday (18:00 GMT) before travelling to Fulham on Saturday (20:00).

United take on AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 first leg on Thursday (17:55), and host David Moyes' West Ham in the league on Sunday (19:15).

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