This superb away victory, while crushing City’s title hopes and all but extinguishing their dream of a third title in a row, gave United their first back-to-back wins of this season. Although the Title that United once routinely gripped is still far away, at least for this season, United have now moved up to 5th place, now just 5 points below 4th place Chelsea, who today lost at Goodison Park. Wolves could still leapfrog United with a win tomorrow.
City had three notable absentees, Sergio Aguero , Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, with United fans still hoping to see Paul Pogba play by the end of this year. City had been beaten by Wolves at the Etihad Stadium in October, and had never before today lost more than one Premier League home fixture in a season under Pep Guardiola. This makes United’s victory all the more dramatic.
Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against ‘big six’ teams (W3 D3), including all five games in 2019-20. This win will also certainly lift the weight off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoulders.
It is a pity to have to single out just one United player who had the most influence on the match as the United Man of the Match was well deserved by each and every player, such was the overall performance of the team as a team. However if one had to single out one player, I would go for Wan-Bissaka who gave his best performance for United to date. He coped superbly with Raheem Sterling while at the same time always looking to move forward and help in attack.
This was the 179 th Manchester derby. United lead by 74 wins to City’s 53, with 52 draws.
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