Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United: Derby goes red as gap closes to one point

  • Rashford the hero again
  • City fourth with 51 points
  • United with a point of Top Four
  • Marcus Rashford‘s first-half goal was all Manchester United need to pick up a big derby win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    United stay in sixth place, one goal below West Ham on differential and within a point of fourth-place City.

    The sides drew the match at Old Trafford, meaning United takes four of six points from their Mancunian rivals, a big win for Louis Van Gaal as rumors of Jose Mourinho and a pre-contract circle above United.

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    The game really found its footing in the 14th minute, with David De Gea making a fine save on Jesus Navas.

    At the other end, the kid was alright (again). Rashford toasted Martin Demichelis and rolled the ball under Joe Hart to make it 1-0.

    Yaya Toure curled a casual effort wide of the far post in the 33rd minute, as City tried to string together decent spells of possession and danger.

    Then, derby chaos. Referee Michael Oliver was trying to figure out whether Rashford had earned a penalty working Demichelis a second time when a mass of players from both sides of Manchester started shoving in the box. No penalty given, and no discipline either.

    Would that be the precursor to something worse, or would halftime cool the teams off?

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    Hart was injured early in the second half, stretchered off. League Cup hero Willy Caballero filled in for the England starter.

    There was plenty of tension as Man City attempted to find its equalizer. Chris Smalling made a terrific block on Wilfried Bony in the box, as United held firm.

    Then Toure sent an inviting cross near post that Aguero turned onto the near post.

    A glorious chance for City came in the 72nd minute, with David Silva‘s cross headed across goal by Aguero and Toure’s cutback tackled away from Bony by Michael Carrick.

    Aguero then missed a beautiful chance when his in-tight shot’s follow-through was cut off by Antonio Valencia‘s toes.