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Manchester turns blue as United choke at Old Trafford

It was the 175th derby between arguably the best two teams in the Premier League right now as Manchester United tried to defend their 40 match unbeaten streak at home against their neighbours and table toppers Manchester City. It did pan out to be a riveting tie as City managed to win a rather aggressive match 2-1 versus the home side. United had last lost a home game 1 year and 3 months earlier against the same oppositions with a same score line setting up a record of 14 straight PL wins.

Man United starting XI: – D. de Gea, A. Valencia, C. Smalling, M. Rojo (V. Lindelof 45’), A. Young, A. Herrera (J. Mata 82’), N. Matic, A. Martial, J. Lingard (Z. Ibrahimovic 76’), M. Rashford, R. Lukaku

Man City starting XI: – Ederson, K. Walker, V. Kompany (I. Gundogan 45’), N. Otamendi, F. Delph, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, D. Silva, R. Sterling, G. Jesus (E. Mangala 59’), L. Sane (B. Silva 88’)

David Silva scored the opening goal for the visitors in the 43rd minute after Sane’s swinging corner found Lukaku who couldn’t clear away the ball properly and ended up nudging the ball in Silva’s way who made no mistake in putting his strong shot past de Gea, leaving the Spanish veteran clueless.

City however couldn’t keep the lead for too long as Delph’s inability to head clear a long incoming cross in the added time of first half found Rashford inside the box and the 19-year old England international found no difficulty in netting it past Ederson.

After an attacking change by City at halftime, United conceded yet again through a set piece as Lukaku is guilty again. The Belgian international could not keep out a De Bruyne cross and Otamendi steered home the winner after the ball ricocheted off Smalling. The game did turn out pretty intense in the end which saw strings of fouls in both the halves of the field.

United next welcome Bournemouth while City travel to Swansea for their mid-week clashes.