The Reds go marching on and on as they grab three points in the Manchester derby on Sunday. The Etihad was stunned after the young and upcoming starlet; Marcus Rashford finished the ball past Joe Hart after beating Martin Demichelis, who was pretty maddened throughout the first-half coping up with 18-year-old.
Rashford has come back under the spotlight as he scores the only goal in one of the most important fixtures of the Premier League, giving United confidence and chance to fight for the no. 4 spot. The 18-year-old is now the youngest scorer in a Manchester derby during the Premier League era breaking Wayne Rooney’s record (19).
Louis van Gaal’s side now have hope to fight for Champions League qualification for next season as they’ve been single-handedly been saved thrice by the youngster.
The derby match seemed very comfortable for Manchester United in the first half as City struggled to get enough passes and possession at home. The end of the second half saw the hosts on an offensive spree with Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero penetrating United’s defence repeatedly, forcing van Gaal’s men to go all defence.
David De Gea: 7
The Spanish international has been consistent in saving Manchester United single-handedly this season and repeated that form against the local rivals by making few brilliant saves. He was however, well protected his teammates for most of the match.
Matteo Dramian: 7
Darmian showed aggression and contributed to attack from his flank. Worked hard but later got replaced.
Dailey Blind: 7
The Dutch international had Sergio Aguero in his pocket for most of the match. Had total awareness in the match.
Chris Smalling: 7
Smalling was once again the wall in the defence. Lucky to not have sent off once again in the derby match.
Marcos Rojo: 5
Rojo struggled at defence and was poor at delivering crosses whenever he had a chance to. Got substituted in the second half when City began to frighten the Red Devils.
Michael Carrick: 7
The English playmaker was strong and steady in the midfield. A comparatively better performance by him.
Morgan Schneiderlin: 7
Played a very disciplined role and remained the unsung hero.
Jesse Lingard: 6
His pace and positioning were a threat to City but sometimes faced a problem to get into the attacking momentum.
Juan Mata: 6
Brilliant display in the first-half, building up attacks after attacks. But a very silent performance in the second half by the Spanish international.
Anthony Martial: 7
As usual, the Frenchman was a threat to City as his pace and skills helped United penetrate host’s defence much easily in the first half. Teamed up well with Rashford.
Marcus Rashford: 9
The 18-year-old once again scored an important goal in an important match. Rashford has once again given LVG’s side a hope for the rest of the season. His goal defined what he is capable of.
Valencia (for Rojo 63): 6
Schweinsteiger (for Mata 70): 5
Fosu-Mensah (for Darmian 83): 6