Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first Manchester United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to oversee a league double over Manchester City after stunning goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay earned his side a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
United’s noisy neighbours have taken centre stage in recent seasons – winning three Premier League titles since Ferguson’s departure back in 2013 – and Pep Guardiola’s men, sitting second in the table, are once again on course to better the Red Devils’ points tally this term.
But United fans can at least have bragging rights when looking back at their two encounters in the English top flight this season after adding to their 2-1 victory at the Etihad with a hard-fought two-goal win on home soil.
The league double eluded David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho during their respective tenures at United and many fans and pundits doubted Solskjaer’s chances ahead of this weekend’s clash. After all, City ran out 3-1 winners at the stadium in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final earlier on this campaign.
However, Solskjaer beat the odds – and City – to prove his credentials on the biggest stage this weekend. Ferguson is the only other United manager to complete the league double since the Premier League’s inception back in 1992.
United are yet to lose a game since Bruno Fernandes’ arrival in January and the Portugal midfielder once again played a key role on Sunday afternoon as he set up Martial’s goal on the half-hour mark with a brilliant quick free-kick over City’s defenders who were caught sleeping.
Martial escaped Sergio Aguero’s marking to give himself a sight at goal and volleyed the ball past Ederson to give United the advantage going into the break.
Scott McTominay added a sensational second in the sixth minute of stoppage time to confirm all three points for the hosts. The Scotland midfielder, who came on to replace Martial in the 78th minute, pounced on Ederson’s wayward throw and kept his composure with an incredible long-range strike to double United’s lead.
On his late wondergoal, McTominay said: ‘That was such a sweet moment. Credit to the boys. Sticky first 20 minutes and we had to keep going.
‘We will take confidence from that but in the coming weeks we have got to keep the run going.
‘It’s such a beautiful feeling to score like that in front of the fans. But we can’t get too carried away and need to keep pushing for the Champions League.’
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