Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City

Bruno Fernandes was a central figure in the Manchester derby on Saturday afternoon, scoring a controversial equaliser to prompt a stunning Manchester United victory at Old Trafford.

United trailed to a Jack Grealish goal when Fernandes levelled with twelve minutes to play, after which Marcus Rashford snatched a winner to extend the Red Devils winning run to nine matches in all competitions.

The derby did not have the full compliment of Portuguese participants. Diogo Dalot missed the meeting for United having picked up an injury in midweek, while Rúben Dias is back in training at City but was not in contention. João Cancelo and Bernardo Silva started for the visitors, as United deployed Fernandes initially on the right side.

It was a match of few clear opportunities, but City gained control of the game towards the break and were dominant in the second half ahead of making a breakthrough with Grealish’s header. United, who had been forced to substitute a clearly unfit Anthony Martial and manage a knock to Rashford, looked out of sorts heading into the closing stages.

Yet the score was levelled in the 78th minute through a goal which has become the main talking point of the match. Casemiro played a pass into Rashford’s path but the England forward, perhaps knowing he was in an offside position, avoided making contact with the ball and allowed Fernandes to strike past Ederson.

Many would have expected the goal to be disallowed, such was the influence of Rashford, but the current rules suggest as long as a player does not touch the ball or prevent an opponent from gaining possession, he is not interfering with play. City boss Pep Guardiola and many in the British media expressed frustration with the law after the game, but refereeing experts insist the correct decision was made.

With City reeling, United stunned the champions by scoring again a few minutes later. Substitute Alejandro Garnacho brilliantly worked the ball across the face of goal for Rashford to convert from close range and continue his impressive scoring run. The win for United moves them just a point behind their local rivals.

“For us, the opponent doesn’t matter we always want to win the game,” Fernandes said on the pitch after the match. “It was an amazing comeback; great effort by the team. I said it before the game to the team: we look like a team now. Some time ago you could see we were sometimes a team, sometimes each of us looking a bit for ourselves. Now you see a proper team that works hard for each other, and you see that it pays.

Fernandes was named Man of the Match by BT Sports towards the end of the game, no doubt partly due to the importance of his goal. Asked if he gave Rashford a shout for the equaliser, Fernandes replied: “No, I think because I was facing the goal Marcus probably saw that I was in a better position. I didn’t know if any of us were offside or not, but there was nobody close enough to him to have an influence on the way their team defend. It is what it is, it’s a goal in the end and we’re really happy with that.

“That doesn’t matter for us. We have to look forward, because you can be closer, but if you don’t keep winning they can go. The mentality now has to be celebrating because it’s a big win for the derby but from tomorrow straight away our heads on Crystal Palace. It’s always tough to play there, so our focus has to be straight on that.”

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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Weird, how United is more cohesive and scoring bags of goals without Ronaldo. Let this be an example that life can be very fruitful for Portugal without Ronaldo.

Mac
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Exactly! Getting harder and harder to argue that United, just like Portugal, weren't being hindered by Ronaldo. I read a good quote the other day where someone said something to the effect of, instead of spearheading the attack, Ronaldo has...

Exactly! Getting harder and harder to argue that United, just like Portugal, weren't being hindered by Ronaldo. I read a good quote the other day where someone said something to the effect of, instead of spearheading the attack, Ronaldo has become a boulder that the entire team must get behind and throw at the opposition. That's exactly right IMO. The entire team has to play for him to get his goals at the cost of their own cohesion.

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BennyFromBrooklyn
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Hahaha pathetic haters always bringing Ronaldo into every topic. It's ONE derby. When United win the league and the CL, then talk to me.

Adam
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"always bringing Ronaldo into every topic"... well that's exactly how HE would like it isn't it?

I think we have to cut the Man United fans a bit of slack here... for many/most his behavior over the last few months at United has amounted to...

"always bringing Ronaldo into every topic"... well that's exactly how HE would like it isn't it?

I think we have to cut the Man United fans a bit of slack here... for many/most his behavior over the last few months at United has amounted to treason. I was honestly disgusted by CR7's antics, but if I take a step back I can acknowledge that he was simply not a good fit for that team, and that's what we are seeing. Sure United are a ways away from a CL or EPL title, but there is no denying that with all other things being equal they have been better without CR7 this season. CR7, even in the twilight years of his career cannot seem to accept being any less than the centerpiece... and this was something that ETH was unable to accept for the good of the time. Even absent an EPL or CL championship its clear that the team is playing better now. And lets face it, you'll be able to pull that "talk to me when" card for AT least a year even in the best case for Man U.

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Nelson
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good of the team

Nelson
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Just remember before putting blame on any player that according to fans Man UTD have been going down hill since the Glazers Buyout.

There were protests happening long before Ronaldo went back to.Man UTD, and when he was there the fans were...

Just remember before putting blame on any player that according to fans Man UTD have been going down hill since the Glazers Buyout.

There were protests happening long before Ronaldo went back to.Man UTD, and when he was there the fans were begging him to speak out against the glazers & Management.

Those who know football understand Ten Hags approach in Ajax and the Ajax model preferring younger focus players, that led to Ronaldo into a precarious scenario and not being picked as often due by the Staff following that model. It's not a matter of right or wrong that's just what Ten Hag team believes in.

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History
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He's a glorified youth couch. Top managers like Zidane, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Allegri, they LOVE having big players on their team.

Adam
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And players who can still run.

Santos
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Ronaldo the best Portuguese player of all time put some respect on his name Ronaldo brings silver ware to every team he played for can’t say the same for bruno lol

Matt
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Totally irrelevant by now because in the present and foreseeable near future Bruno is the more valuable player who contributes to the team‘s success of ManU and the Portuguese NT. What the heck is wrong with you Ronaldo apologists. No coach in...

Totally irrelevant by now because in the present and foreseeable near future Bruno is the more valuable player who contributes to the team‘s success of ManU and the Portuguese NT. What the heck is wrong with you Ronaldo apologists. No coach in the world would switch Bruno for Ronaldo today. And this has nothing to do with disrespect. Managers are held responsible for the team‘s success. Grow up and get a life.

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Rolf Gerber
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Respecting Ronaldo? You're talking about United fans and Portugal fans, the two worst fans on the planet. It doesn't matter to then that he scored more than Harry Kane LAST season. It doesn't matter that United conceded so many goals last season...

Respecting Ronaldo? You're talking about United fans and Portugal fans, the two worst fans on the planet. It doesn't matter to then that he scored more than Harry Kane LAST season. It doesn't matter that United conceded so many goals last season which has nothing to do with Ronaldo. But logic doesn't matter when you've been a blind hater for most of Ronaldo's career, let alone now.

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Adam
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One can respect Ronaldo while calling him out for his appalling behavior over the last few months. I've been a CR7 apologist for many many years, but things went downhill when his singular focus over the summer was to join a CL team... are you...

One can respect Ronaldo while calling him out for his appalling behavior over the last few months. I've been a CR7 apologist for many many years, but things went downhill when his singular focus over the summer was to join a CL team... are you kidding me? United failed to finish in the top 4 and he decides he wants out? How about helping the team get back into the top 4 while setting a good example for the youth on the team while supporting ETH? (at least give ETH a chance... a few weeks maybe?) Nope, not going to do that... the rest is history as they say. CR7 is in Saudi Arabia and United have a legitimate shot at 2nd place in the EPL.

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Nelson
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The typical characteristic of unconditional Ronaldo followers is that they think you can't criticize someone for wrongdoing because he has done great things in the past. Fortunately, this is only football - otherwise this mentality would really...

The typical characteristic of unconditional Ronaldo followers is that they think you can't criticize someone for wrongdoing because he has done great things in the past. Fortunately, this is only football - otherwise this mentality would really scare me: Hail dictator, we salute you. Do whatever you want, we'll follow you. And in Portugal they counter every little criticism of their infallible God with the word "inveja". And in English-speaking forums with "Hater". Really - these people have a real mental deficit. Every real leader admits when he makes a mistake. He also allows himself to be criticized without any problems. He is even grateful for it. Ronaldo, however, is not. And his fans are exactly the same. It's like Trump, Hitler or Mussolini: Anyone who isn't for me is against me. They simply need that. I myself have always defended Ronaldo when they said he was arrogant. Now that he first organizes this interview, just runs away, that he openly moans at Santos when he's substituted.... This I critisise. But it seems he always sees himself in the right. Ok, go ahead. Think you're infallible. But really really bad are these Ronaldo cult brothers. They are just completely undifferentiated. Respect is not shown by licking someone's boots or by liking everything they do. I'll bet you anything, these guys don't accept criticism of themselves in real life. They always see themselves personally offended when someone objectively criticizes something for a reason. And instead of improving, they get angry. And ask for respect. When they are younger, they might even beat you. I would never want to work with people like that in my life, never.

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Rolf Gerber
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Agreed 100%... being a true leader requires humility.

CR7 wore the Captain's armband all those years because he was unquestionably the most talented and athletically capable player on the pitch 99% of the time. And we didn't worry too much...

Agreed 100%... being a true leader requires humility.

CR7 wore the Captain's armband all those years because he was unquestionably the most talented and athletically capable player on the pitch 99% of the time. And we didn't worry too much about his antics because he was bringing more to the table as an individual talent than he was taking away from the team.

Today, the talent is still there but dulled by declining athleticism due to his age... the objective observer would accept this and continue to revere the man for all he has done. Unfortunately, CR7 has doubled down on being the ALPHA and cannot seem to accept being anything less than the focal point when he could be so much more effective by acting as a proper mentor.

Of all the stunts he's pulled, perhaps the most telling is that when he left that friendly early in the summer he was followed by Dalot. A true leader would have insisted that Dalot stay... CR7 was only interested in a coup at Man United, and when it didn't work he burned the place to the ground.

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Nelson
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"The typical characteristic of unconditional Ronaldo followers is that they think you can't criticize someone for wrongdoing because he has done great things in the past. Fortunately, this is only football - otherwise this mentality would really...

"The typical characteristic of unconditional Ronaldo followers is that they think you can't criticize someone for wrongdoing because he has done great things in the past. Fortunately, this is only football - otherwise this mentality would really scare me:"

I dread he'll go into politics when he finally hangs up his boots. Can you imagine?

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