Manchester United emerged victorious out of a fiercely fought Manchester derby, with a 2-0 scoreline highlighting the low that Manchester City experienced at Old Trafford.
The League double over the reigning Premier League champions was engineered through a Bruno Fernandes freekick that was deftly passed on to Anthony Martial who had luck and Ederson’s flaws on his side to make it 1-0.
The next goal didn’t come until the end of the game when injury stoppages had already extended the added time well past the initially indicated 5 minutes.
However, this was to United’s advantage and yet again it was an Ederson mistake that saw the failed clearance fall straight to the feet of Scott McTominay who made no mistake in burying the ball into the back of the net from a long distance to cement the 2-0 win.
Incidentally, during those crucial minutes, an intriguing exchange could be observed on the touchline.
Bruno Fernandes and Pep Guardiola appeared to have gotten into a spar of sorts over a throw-in issue during the final minutes of the game. As the City manager exchanged words, Fernandes simply raised his finger to shush Guardiola. Moments later, United had the game in the bag.
Was there a moment in the game when United had a throw in, Guardiola picked up the ball, a United player went to get it from him, and he threw it past them onto the pitch? Thus helping United run down the clock?
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) March 8, 2020
This gesture from the Portuguese international has gone incredibly well amongst United supporters who have taken it as further proof that Fernandes has the club’s DNA in him thoroughly.
The silencing of Guardiola is certainly apt given the plight of his club at the moment. The two-season UEFA competitions ban is yet to be unveiled in its full scope of punishment although it already looks awful for City who by now have assuredly lost their title to Liverpool.
In fact, if their bad woes continue for two more games and further defeats are made, then the Merseyside club can claim the title all the more earlier.