Premier League: Phil Foden's double helps City beat United in Manchester derby

United had taken the lead but Foden produced his own magic

By Web Desk
March 03, 2024
Phil Foden. - REUTERS

Phil Foden netted twice as Manchester City rallied to defeat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday, narrowing the gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool to just one point.

Erling Haaland also found the net in stoppage time, setting the stage for an evenly poised title race as City prepares for a crucial trip to Liverpool next weekend.

Marcus Rashford's spectacular goal initially put United ahead at the Etihad, but Haaland's crucial miss just before half-time became a memorable moment in Premier League history.

Foden ensured City's steadfastness in the title race, equalising with a powerful shot into the top corner and calmly finishing 10 minutes from the final whistle. Haaland redeemed himself with a goal, securing his sixth in four Premier League derbies against United.

United's 11th league defeat of the season leaves them 11 points behind the top four with 11 games remaining, prompting frustration from manager Erik ten Hag. He contested City's equaliser, claiming a foul on Rashford at the opposite end moments earlier, but the overall performance left little room for complaints as City dominated the match.

Rashford, criticised for his commitment this season, showcased his quality with a stunning long-range strike in the eighth minute, giving United an early lead. Despite City's dominance, United held on until half-time, thanks in part to Haaland's astonishing miss.

City finally breached United's defense with Foden's well-executed finish from Rodri's cross. Ten Hag protested again, but the focus shifted to Foden's brilliant one-two with Julian Alvarez, setting up the decisive goal and Foden's 18th of the season.

Haaland completed the redemption arc, capitalising on Rodri's dispossessing of Sofyan Amrabat to curl a shot beyond Andre Onana, concluding a successful afternoon for the English champions.