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Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford inspired a stunning late turnaround to give Manchester United a 2-1 derby win over Manchester City — a stirring victory that is set to be the subject of some debate given the circumstances around Fernandes’ equaliser.
Jack Grealish made an immediate impact from the bench to put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with an hour played, heading home Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
But United were level 11 minutes from time when Fernandes crashed home Casemiro’s throughball. The flag was initially raised for Rashford being in a clear offside position but the goal stood because he did not play the ball and was deemed not to have interfered with an opponent.
There was no doubt when Rashford converted a low cross from substitute Alejandro Garnacho four minutes later to prompt bedlam at Old Trafford with his eighth in seven matches since the World Cup break. United are now within a point of City, while league leaders Arsenal will be eight points clear if they beat Tottenham on Sunday.
Goals:
CITY — Jack Grealish (Kevin De Bruyne) — 60th minute
UNITED — Bruno Fernandes (Casemiro) — 78th minute
UNITED — Marcus Rashford (Alejandro Garnacho) — 82nd minute
Bruno Fernandes causes scenes at Old Trafford! 💥

His goal is ruled onside after the linesman initially put his flag up! ✅ pic.twitter.com/AJDIGH2Be5
Rashford enjoyed United’s two best openings of a cagey first half, rounding Ederson to have a shot cleared out of the goalmouth by Manuel Akanji before the City goalkeeper denied him one-on-one.
The Premier League champions were undermined by poor passes in the final third before the break. Erling Haaland had a 23rd-minute strike blocked by a combination of Casemiro and Fred, while Kyle Walker sent a long-range strike whistling just wide in first-half stoppage time.
City improved considerably after halftime, playing at a sharper tempo and finding more penetrative passes. The opening goal was nicely worked, as Riyad Mahez clipped a pass inside to De Bruyne, whose chipped delivery was converted by the on-rushing Grealish.
Guardiola’s men played with their customary control but did not offer too much threat when it came to extending their advantage before the major flashpoint arrived.
Casemiro swept a pass in behind the City defence, who had played Rashford offside. The ball ran in front of the England striker, who shielded it for Fernandes to ram a first-time finish beyond Ederson. The flag went up but after a conversation between the officials and VAR, the goal stood.
City, perhaps understandably, misplaced their composure and the rampantly in-form Rashford took full advantage when Garnacho found him at the second attempt.
Marcus Rashford is at it again! 🔥

Alejandro Garnacho and Man Utd’s number 10 combine to put the home side 2-1 up in the derby! ⚽ pic.twitter.com/kaUSgVv1iL
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When asked about the winning goal after the game, Guardiola tersely told BT Sport: “I know where we play.” Perhaps it is hard to imagine an away team getting that decision in their favour at Old Trafford, but this was not simply a home-town call. Under the current offside rules, it was a fair goal: Rashford did not interfere with an opponent, did not play the ball, did not physically prevent a City player from touching the ball or attempt to play it himself.
Of course, the City defence and Akanji in particular will feel very aggrieved. The Switzerland centre-back held the defensive line and caught Rashford offside. In doing that, he was not in a position to try to play the ball and therefore possibly bring Rashford into conflict with the regulations. Ten Hag himself described the rules as they stand as “confusing for the opponent… I can see it from the other side”. Don’t be surprised if this is one of those incidents that prompts a change to the guidelines, not that it will come as much consolation to City.
Our rules expert @ChristinaUnkel says Manchester United’s controversial equalizer in the Manchester Derby was right to stand.

She explains why under the laws Marcus Rashford was NOT interfering.🍿 pic.twitter.com/T5RZ6I7Rez
The manner in which they were outplayed from halftime until the equaliser, not to mention the peculiar circumstances of Fernandes’ goal, means there should probably be some caution in this regard. Ten Hag certainly will not be getting carried away. But there is a robust edge to United that feels different to pretty much any time since Alex Ferguson stood down a decade ago.
It’s been customary in this fixture for United to wilt once City start popping passes around from all angles. That didn’t happen, with Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw both excellent as Haaland was left to feed off scraps. Casemiro has brought an irresistibly streetwise edge to a previously flimsy midfield. United as a club are also liberated from their Cristiano Ronaldo folly. If they beat Arsenal next weekend — they remain the only team to have done that this season in the Premier League — then things might just get interesting.
It’s starting to feel like a tall task for Guardiola’s side, who are aiming for a third title in a row and a fifth in six seasons. Those sort of efforts can take a toll. Jurgen Klopp said this week that their back-and-forth battle with City last season took a lot out of his side and the same certainly appears to be true in Manchester. City have had their dip masked by Haaland’s phenomenal goal return but there will be a few concerns about how he resided on the margins here, albeit while again showing his under-rated aptitude to come deep and link play. Despite dominating the ball, the champions could only muster an xG figure of 0.65. 
The unusual configuration of this season means City still have to play Arsenal twice in the Premier League, with a phoney war FA Cup clash thrown into the equation at the end of this month. In reality, if they let the gap get any bigger before travelling to Emirates Stadium on February 15, things will become very tricky indeed.
Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

This game completely flipped on its head in a 4-minute spell pic.twitter.com/3dwrxLxwMT
Fulltime: A huge, huge win for United – albeit one with a controversial decision that will dominate the post-match discussion. No one aside from the Manchester City contingent inside Old Trafford cares a jot. The City players have headed for some post-match discussion with Stuart Atwell and it’s all getting a bit heated. Is that the end of City’s title defence? Probably not, just yet, although it is a body blow. Is it the start of United’s title charge? Perhaps…
90th minute+6: David De Gea claims the ball. Lies down on it. The referee tells him we can’t really end the game like that.
90th minute+4: Jack Grealish spears a cross towards Erling Haaland at the back post, where Luke Shaw does ever so well.
90th minute+2: Here come the subs. Rodri gave the ball away on the previous City attack, allowing United to spend some valuable time in enemy territory. Off comes Rashford to a standing ovation. Harry Maguire is on. McTominay and Marinez are on for Casemiro and Tyrell Malacia. Not sure what this formation will be. Just everyone in the box?
89th minute: Fernandes is now back in his own box, clumping a cross away. There will be five minutes of stoppage time. Erik ten Hag is bringing on Lisandro Martinez and Scott McTominay to try and see this one out.
85th minute: City need something to happen quickly. De Bruyne lifts one into the box and it falls to Haaland. Casemiro makes a vital intervention. There was no room for error there.
82nd minuteGOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Marcus Rashford!!!!!!
United have done it! An incredible turnaround. Alejandro Garnacho has his first cross blocked, gets to the second ball and puts in a low ball for the in-form Rashford to prod home.
Marcus Rashford is at it again! 🔥

Alejandro Garnacho and Man Utd’s number 10 combine to put the home side 2-1 up in the derby! ⚽ pic.twitter.com/kaUSgVv1iL
GOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Bruno Fernandes!!!!! 
It stands!!!! Old Trafford exploded. The City player are furious.
79th minute: Bruno Fernandes fires into the net. Marcus Rahsford was offside but did not play the ball. The flag goes up, on account of Rashford interfering with play. There’s likely to be a VAR check.
Bruno Fernandes causes scenes at Old Trafford! 💥

His goal is ruled onside after the linesman initially put his flag up! ✅ pic.twitter.com/AJDIGH2Be5
77th minute: Fred slots a nice pass through to the lively Alejandro Garnacho. The young winger gets a little bit old-manned by Kyle Walker and Manuel Akanji, who clear the danger. Off he ball, Marcus Rashford and Rodri are engaging in a frank exchange of views. 
75th minute: Garnacho gets his first look at Kyle Walker. He lays passes back first to Tyrell Malacia and then to Luke Shaw. City clear both crosses.
72nd minute: Alejandro Garnacho is on for Christian Eriksen, which means Bruno Fernandes drops back into midfield. That probably means more attacking threat for United and more spaces for the likes of Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne to exploit for City.
69th minute: Jack Grealish is into another swaggering dribble. Wan-Bissaka sticks to his task well with some help from Anthony. Alejandro Garnacho is getting ready to come on for United.
67th minute: United enjoy their first sustained bit of pressure of the half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka started it and he ends it with a shot that Nathan Ake deflects behind.
64th minute: Grealish is having a rare old time out there. A trademark dribble draws Christian Eriksen into a poor challenge to earn the first yellow card of the afternoon.
No booking for an hour in the Manchester derby??? The game’s gone etc etc.
60th minute: GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! Jack Grealish!!!!!!!!!
The substitute makes an instant impact. Riyad Mahrez has been all over United the past five minutes. He finds an under-lapping De Bruyne who clips a delicate ball for Grealish to head home and tear off in delirious celebration.
59th minute: The Old Trafford crowd have turned up the volume, perhaps sensing their team need them a little more during this passage of the game.
57th minute: Again, City are so much more effective when they keep the tempo high. Luke Shaw clears behind from Kyle Walker’s low cross. Jack Grealish replaces Phil Foden before the corner is taken. It goes short to Riyad Mahrez, who searches out Manuel Akanji at the back post. Again Raphael Varane is on hand to tidy up.
55th minute: Things are heating up a bit, with City dominating the ball but United retaining menace. It looks like Jack Grealish is getting ready to come on. Joao Cancelo is the latest player to take a tumble in the United box but, in truth, he didn’t seem too interested in the penalty.
53rd minute: Kevin De Bruyne brilliantly exchanges pass with Riyad Mahrez and gets down the United left. The cross is headed by Bernardo Silva – he’ll be disappointed it wasn’t Erling Haaland. United do enough to get the ball away as Phil Foden has a tame penalty appeal against Luke Shaw rejected.
52nd minute: The freekick skips across the box all the way to Raphael Varane at the back post who prods just wide.
51st minute: Bruno Fernades lofts a pass for Antony to run on to. Nathan Ake appears to snuff out the danger and looks to have done superbly well. Referee Stuart Atwell decides it’s a foul.
48th minute: Kyle Walker gets space to attack and finds Bernardo Silva. The playmaker’s shot lacks conviction and the deflection loops kindly for David de Gea.
46th minute: We’re back and Antony is on, but not for Marcus Rashford. Anthony Martial makes way, having never really looked up to speed after passing a late fitness test. Rashford will soldier on.
Halftime: Ohhhh my! Kyle Walker lines up a shot from 35 yards in the final act of the half and it whistles a little way past the right-hand post. David de Gea didn’t seem too happy with how that was panning out when it left Walker’s right boot. Anyway, that’s been an intriguing, absorbing and very tactical first half. The first goal, if it arrives, feels absolutely gigantic.
187 – Across all competitions, Manchester City have gone 187 minutes since registering their last shot on target from open play (Phil Foden v Chelsea in the FA Cup). Restricted. pic.twitter.com/UHCyp0Lpxy
45th minute: Joao Cancelo spins a ball into Kevin De Bruyne, whose cross is calmly and cleverly dealt with by Raphael Varane. Riyad Mahrez wants a freekick on the edge of the area following a challenge from Casemiro and doesn’t get one. United break but the bad news for them is Marcus Rashford does not look in much shape to be chasing passes.
43rd minute: Rashford is seemingly going to try and run off whatever the problem is until halftime. Understandably so because he’d be a huge loss for United in his current form.
41st minuteMarcus Rashford goes down injury and slams the turf! Oh dear, this doesn’t look good for Rashford, who appeared to pull up when chasing Manuel Akanji. He seems to have pulled something in his groin or thigh area.
40th minute: Another unusually sloppy attack from City. Riyad Mahrez is allowed to advance towards a shooting position he normally loves. Instead, he sends a pass that goes nowhere near Kevin De Bruyne. Then it’s Phil Foden’s term to hit a horribly off-target pass in the final third.
37th minute: Eriksen slides the ball through to Rashford down the left channel. Ederson comes out to avert the danger with a far-less psychedelic piece of goalkeeping. United were able to isolate Rashford against Rodri there, which was a mismatch in terms of pace.
36th minute: Kevin De Bruyne curls a lovely ball towards the far post and Phil Foden gets behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He can’t adjust his body to do much of any use with the header though.
34th minute: Ederson, seemingly bored of the lack of goalmouth action, comes haring out of his goal and is rounded by Marcus Rashford. He was never getting to Bruno Fernandes’ raking pass first! Rashford fires into the goalmouth and Manuel Akanji is back to clear.
31st minute: Joao Cancelo with a sloppy giveaway and United are on the move. Bruno Fernandes looks to play in Tyrell Malacia, who is unceremoniously dealt with by Kyle Walker and takes a bang on the head for his troubles.
29th minute: A sharp interception from Bernardo Silva almost falls for Erling Haaland. United try to counter but the throughball runs beyond Marcus Rashford and all the way to Ederson.
27th minute: The game appears to be loosening up a little. Kevin De Bruyne finds Riyad Mahrez, whose low cross is blocked by Tyrell Malacia and United scramble away.
26th minute: An absolutely scything pass from Marcus Rashford just skips away from Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.
25th minute: Erling Haaland drops in effectively to link with De Bruyne, who sprays a pass left to Foden. The offside flag is up. Oohh, that looked tight.
23rd minute: Bernardo Silva chips the ball towards Riyad Mahrez in the box. It drops to Erling Haaland who takes a touch and sees his shot blocked by a combination of Fred and Casemiro flying towards him.
21st minute: It’s a good delivery from Riyad Mahrez but Casemiro, who really is magnificent in both boxes in these situations, heads clear.
20th minute: Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez combine in a little triangle and City have their first corner.
18th minute: Fred is being a fabulous irritant to Kevin De Bruyne, following him around everywhere. A couple of successful snaps at the Belgium playmaker’s ankles just got the Old Trafford crowd going. City continue and Rodri looks to have a shooting chance on the edge of the box. It would have been a better idea than simply passing the ball out for a throw, which is what he does.
14th minute: United and Anthony Martial get chance to stretch their legs on the break. His cross-cum-shot is deflected and Joao Cancelo makes a vital challenge to get there ahead of Marcus Rashford.
12th minute: For those of you on Erling Haaland touchwatch, I’m not sure we’ve had one yet.
11th minute: Chance for United. Bernardo Silva uncharacteristically coughs up possession in a dangerous position and his compatriot Bruno Fernandes gets in to drag a shot wide.
10th minute: United put together their first attack of note but Marcus Rashford strays offside looking for Anthony Martial’s return pass. 
9th minute: United were behind by this point in the previous three derbies. It’s a low bar cleared by Erik ten Hag’s men, but a significant one nonetheless.
7th minute: Kevin De Bruyne gets the first chance to stretch his legs and City work the ball left for Joao Cancelo to cross. United get back in numbers and Marcus Rashford is on hand to boot clear.
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4th minute: Joao Cancelo hits and outside-of-the-foot pass down the United left to Bernardo Silva, who fires in a first-time cross. Neither Erling Haaland or Riyad Mahrez were on his wavelength and it skidded through the penalty area.
3rd minute: Ederson overhits a pass that Kyle Walker just keeps in for Manuel Akanji, who strides forward and boots it out for a throw. Some early nerves.
2nd minute: Joao Cancelo started at Southampton in the slapstick style but he sets a nice tone with a regal dribble forward from left-back before Christian Eriksen brings him down on halfway.
1st minute: Christian Eriksen gets us underway. Worth noting that in City’s ongoing run of three straight derby wins, they have scored inside the first 10 minutes on each occasion. Anthony Martial goes flying over Manuel Akanji’s back by way of saying “hello”.
5 mins from kickoff: it’s almost time. The teams are in the tunnel. Will United produce the defining statement of the Erik ten Hag era so far or will City reassert themselves as the dominant force in their hometown and in English football? It’s going to be fascinating finding out.
25 mins from kickoff: Pep Guardiola joked that he would come up with something “ridiculous” for this game, but it looks like a fairly conventional City team on paper. He has, of course, been here on these occasions plenty of times. This is the 500th top-flight match of Guardiola’s coaching career.
500 – This will be Pep Guardiola’s 500th game of his top-flight managerial career. He has won 379 of his 499 games to date (76%), with this the most wins and best win rate (100+ games) of any manager in Europe’s big-five leagues since his first season in 2008-09. Master. pic.twitter.com/IG4gSzyppG
40 mins from kickoff: There are a few things to unpack from those lineups, but Luke Shaw’s inclusion is intriguing. The England international has been pretty sublime since reverting to centre-back over recent weeks, but tangling with Erling Haaland feels like an entirely different kind of challenge. If the Norway superstar plunders more goals and Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof all watch on from the bench there will be questions for Erik ten Hag to answer.
On the other hand, it shows commendable and fairly typical boldness from the Dutchman. Tyrell Malacia bombing on from left-back, presumably with Fred offering cover, could give City a headache down that flank once you consider the in-form Marcus Rashford prowling with intent.
55 mins from kickoff: Manuel Akanji starts at centre-back for City alongside Nathan Ake in place of the injury John Stones. In a move that is sure to delight the travelling supporters at Old Trafford, Phil Foden starts.
🔴 𝘛𝘌𝘈𝘔 𝘕𝘌𝘞𝘚 🔵

XI | Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/8IXrEcmXJf
1 hour from kickoff: The teams are in. Fred starts to bolster the United midfield, meaning Bruno Fernandes is likely to push into the front three. Luke Shaw remains at centre-back, with Tyrell Malacia outside him and Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire each on the bench.
🔴 IN THE RED CORNER 🔴#MUFC || #MUNMCI
1hr 15 mins from kickoff: Erik ten Hag revealed Anthony Martial faced a late fitness test due to a minor leg injury. Martial has arrived at the ground with his United teammates there are murmurs that he’s ready to play. That all-important team news will be with us in about 15 minutes.
1hr 30 mins from kickoff: Pep Guardiola conceded he has laid out some home truths for his players since the Southampton debacle. “All I can do is to tell my players the reality in good and bad moments. I have more experience than them. Not at playing football but at analysing what happens, I’m better than them,” he said. “I’m the only person to tell them the truth. After, I will insist until the last day I’m here what they have to do, if we are 10 points behind our situation or 10 points in front.
“That is my job. Put everyone in the team individually in front of their own mirrors to look at themselves. This is all I can do. I’ve done it in the past, recently, I will do it. Every day. I did it this week. Sometimes not saying anything, they see my face, they know exactly the situation. This is my job. Maybe they are not used to it because they are surrounded by people telling them how good they are. I am the only person in their own lives who can tell them exactly what the situation is.”
1hr 45 mins from kickoff: There is a mood of growing optimism around United, but Erik ten Hag is under no illusions over the task at hand today. “Manchester City are a team who will punish mistakes, so there is zero room for complacency or relaxing our standards in any way,” he said in his programme notes. “Today’s game is an examination of the progress we have made but, at the same time, City will know they are facing a strong opponent.”
2hrs from kickoff: The previous time these sides met, City absolutely ransacked United. They were 4-0 up at half-time, 6-1 up during the second half and Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each hit hat-tricks. Anthony Martial netted a couple of late goals to salvage a little pride as the game ended 6-3. It was arguably City’s best performance of the season but they come into this match on the back of indisputably their worst. Southampton, bottom of the Premier League, beat them 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s side failed to muster a shot on target.

2hrs 15 mins from kickoff: The stakes going into this one are high for City, who will want to trim Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points ahead of the Gunners’ own derby assignment at Tottenham on Sunday. Such demands are par for the course for a team that have won four of the past five league titles on offer. From a United point of view, this is probably the most meaningful derby for about five years. If Erik ten Hag’s in-form side can snap a three-game losing streak against their neighbours and extend their ongoing winning run to nine matches across all competitions, they will be just one point behind City in the table with a trip to Arsenal on the horizon next weekend.
Morning, Reds 👍#MUFC || #MUNMCI pic.twitter.com/qF5jd1ryPe
2 hrs 30 mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to the Sporting News’ coverage of the 189th Manchester derby from Old Trafford.
What’s your favourite Manchester derby goal? ☄️#MUNMCI pic.twitter.com/kR1GLzb1YU
Diogo Dalot was substituted during the first half of United’s midweek League Cup win over Charlton Athletic and misses out, meaning Aaron Wan-Bissaka starts at right-back.
In midfield, Ten Hag brought in Fred to add extra solidity to an area City have dominated over recent meetings. Christian Eriksen keeps his place and Bruno Fernandes will move into the front three, where Anthony Martial led the line having passed a late fitness test.
Luke Shaw was preferred at centre-back to Lisandro Martinez and Harry Maguire. who are both on the bench
Man United XI (4-3-3): De Gea (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia — Eriksen, Casemiro, Fred — Fernandes, Martial, Rashford
Man United subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Maguire, Martinez, Mainoo, McTominay, Antony, Elanga, Garnacho
Kevin De Bruyne returned to the City lineup having rested up on the bench for the recent cup encounters with Chelsea and Southampton.
John Stones sat out the 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s with a knock and Guardiola said the England defender is still “not ready”. Manuel Akanji will reprise his partnership with Nathan Ake from the derby earlier in the season.
Phil Foden got the nod over Jack Grealish for a place in the City front three alongside Erling Haaland and the in-form Riyad Mahrez.
Man City XI (4-3-3): Ederson (GK) — Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo — Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne — Mahrez, Haaland, Foden
Man City subs: Ortega, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis
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The match will be streamed or televised by the following outlets around the world:
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UK: BT Sport will carry the match on its TV and streaming platform.
USA: This match will be televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo (Spanish) with both streams available on fuboTV.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport
India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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