Manchester City were bettered by their more illustrious rivals on Saturday at the Etihad.
Manchester United was victorious during the 2-1 fixture, with first-half goals from Marcus Rashford (via a penalty) and Anthony Martial proving enough to secure their win. City was desperate to try and score more and tried for a long time but only had the headed effort of Nicolas Otamendi to show for their efforts.
What made the Red Devils’ world-class display even more memorable was that their two goals came within minutes of each other and were a result of a strong attacking ethos.
The reaction of one person to Martial’s absolute beauty of a goal aptly summarizes the mood at the United camp.
Sir Alex Ferguson was beaming when Martial’s goal took United to 2-0 up against their rivals with less than half an hour on the clock.
The recent game against Tottenham and the derby win have seen United look more like the side that weekly dealt blows under Sir Alex Ferguson’s tutelage.
There is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to ape the antics of his mentor at the Old Trafford outfit and a moment after the full-time whistle shows that the legendary gaffer supports the same.
United now have to build up further on this victory and begin to reengineer their season’s ascent. They are presently poised in the top five on the Premier League table with multiple teams on their tail and Chelsea still a few point away.
If more such joy is to be garnered from Ferguson, the likes of Rashford and Martial should add to their goalscoring prowess and the return of Paul Pogba ought to inject a bit of creativity into their approach as well.
The midfield brilliance of Scott McTominay and Fred must likewise continue while Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains ruthless as the Spider at the back.