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Phil Foden Double inspires Manchester City to 3-1 derby win over Manchester United | Football news


Phil Foden scored twice as Manchester City came from behind to beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday and move to within a point of Premier League leaders Liverpool. Erling Haaland also scored in stoppage time to leave the title race perfectly poised ahead of City’s trip to Liverpool next weekend. Marcus Rashford’s marvelous strike had given United a shock lead at the Etihad. Haaland was then guilty of a miss that will go down in Premier League folklore when he fired with an open goal just before half-time.

Foden ensured City made no mistake in the title race as he headed into the top corner to equalize and produced a composed finish 10 minutes from time.

Haaland then scored his sixth goal in four Premier League derbies against United to atone for his earlier failure.

An 11th league defeat of the season for United leaves Erik ten Hag’s men 11 points adrift of the top four with 11 games remaining.

The former Ajax boss was furious that City’s equalizer was allowed, claiming Rashford was fouled at the other end seconds earlier.

But United could have few complaints after being largely outplayed by their rivals for most of the match.

Rashford responded to his critics this week by hitting back at questions about his commitment.

The England international is a pale imitation of the striker who scored 30 goals last season for most of this campaign, but has shown glimpses of the quality he is capable of opening the scoring from eight minutes.

City pleaded in vain for an offside flag against Bruno Fernandes and he laid the ball back for Rashford to smash in a superb long-range effort under the bar.

Pep Guardiola’s men dominated from that point on, but were kept at bay for almost an hour by wayward finishing and good goalkeeping from André Onana.

Twice the Cameroonian beat Foden with a clear pass, while Rodri was also denied by a smart save low to his left.

At the other end, Rashford should have doubled United’s lead before the break.

A slip from Ruben Dias allowed Rashford to pass clear, but a poor touch allowed Kyle Walker to track back and clear.

United’s lead remained intact until half-time, but only thanks to a moment that will be repeated for years to come.

City eventually tore the visitors’ massive defensive ranks to shreds as Rodri’s cross was headed back across goal by Foden, inviting Haaland’s finishing touch.

However, he incredibly turned the ball over with the goal gaping from close range.

The Red Devils’ rearguard action was finally canceled out when Foden produced a strike to match Rashford’s in the first half.

Ten Hag was furious that a foul was not awarded to Rashford at the other end, but he appeared to go to the ground too easily under Walker’s touch.

Rodri picked out Foden, who cut inside and fired a searing shot into the top corner.

A one-two between Foden and Julian Alvarez opened up United’s defense for the decisive goal as the England international fired home his 18th of the season.

Haaland’s redemption capped off a fine afternoon for the English champions.

Rodri dispossessed Sofyan Amrabat and got the Norwegian to loop past Onana.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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