Metropolis regarded set to finish back-to-back derby doubles over United when Jack Grealish stepped off the bench to go the guests in entrance (60).
However after a VAR examine cleared Rashford from being offside within the build-up to Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser (78) – to the fury of Metropolis’s gamers – the England man turned in Alejandro Garnacho’s cross 4 minutes later to attain for a ninth time in a row on his dwelling floor.
Metropolis’s 6-3 thrashing of United in October had been a bruising actuality examine after a four-game Premier League profitable streak however Erik ten Hag’s aspect have developed considerably since these early days and are actually as much as third within the desk, only a level behind their native rivals and 6 off leaders Arsenal, forward of the North London derby on Sunday.
It is the second damaging results of the week for Pep Guardiola, with defeat in his five hundredth top-flight sport as a supervisor coming simply days after his aspect crashed out of the Carabao Cup at Southampton. This had been one other below-par efficiency till Grealish’s purpose and, with 4 factors dropped from 4 video games for the reason that restart after the World Cup, their match with Tottenham on Thursday seems like one other essential one.
The momentum is definitely with the purple half of Manchester now. United have received 9 on the spin in all competitions, 12 in a row at dwelling, and may shut in on Arsenal after they go to the Emirates subsequent weekend, after a visit to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. For the supporters who stayed behind to have fun, they really feel one thing particular is going on below Ten Hag.
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Guardiola had criticised his aspect for dropping their focus in opposition to lesser sides this season, following current slip-ups to Southampton, Everton and Brentford, however in opposition to their arch-rivals on the massive stage on Saturday Metropolis have been once more brief on sharpness.
There was extra erratic play from Ederson, who got here dashing out of his space on 35 minutes solely to see Rashford take it spherical him. Walker rescued his keeper with a block on Rashford’s goal-bound shot on that event however the in-form ahead was by means of once more moments later, this time over-running his drive into the realm earlier than prodding a shot in opposition to Ederson.
Metropolis had nearly 69 per cent possession in that first half however failed badly to get the ball to Haaland to check makeshift centre-back Luke Shaw. An formidable Walker drive from 35 yards which fizzed previous the publish simply earlier than the whistle for the interval was as shut as they got here.
With new mortgage signing Wout Weghorst watching on however unavailable to play, Antony got here on at half-time for centre ahead Anthony Martial, who appeared to choose up a knock, nevertheless it was a Metropolis change which made the distinction.
Phil Foden had been unable to show under-pressure United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka however his substitute had an immediate influence. Kevin De Bruyne was excellent within the build-up, dribbling into the appropriate channel of the penalty space earlier than standing up an inviting cross for Grealish to nod in.
It was a second which introduced into query Ten Hag’s resolution to not subject benched captain Harry Maguire, who would certainly have headed the hazard away, and Grealish’s second Premier League purpose of the season and fifth of his Metropolis profession felt like an important one – till United’s outstanding turnaround.
A Casemiro cross by means of for Rashford appeared to seek out the ahead in a transparent offside place however he did not contact the ball, regardless of it being proper by his ft, and Fernandes stepped in to curve dwelling from the sting of the field. Metropolis have been incensed however VAR judged Rashford hadn’t touched the ball or impacted the Metropolis defence to be offside.
Moments later he had the ball within the web himself for an eighth purpose in seven video games, changing Garnacho’s low cross previous Ederson from shut vary to ship the house supporters wild, fireplace United as much as third and ship out an actual message about this group’s title probabilities.