Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored hat-tricks as Manchester City thumped
Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium
The Norwegian phenom made even more history on Sunday when he became the first
player to score a hat-trick in three consecutive English Premier League home
matches as his side dismantled its crosstown rival Manchester United 6-3 to remain
second in the league.
After waiting 52 years for a player to score a hat-trick in the Manchester derby, City
only had to wait six minutes for another as local hero Phil Foden completed his own
in the 72nd minute, before United restored some respectability to the score line with
two late goals.
Haaland, who moved to City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has scored 17
goals in 10 games, making him Europe’s most lethal marksman, and he was brilliant
against United, not only scoring three but also creating two goals.
City opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Foden, who connected with a
Bernardo Silva cross. Haaland soon got on the scoresheet, first heading home from a
corner before slotting in Kevin de Bruyne’s perfect pass.
The Norwegian then turned provider, giving Foden an easy chance to make it 4-0
before the break.
Anthony and Anthony Martial scored for United, making it 4-1, then 6-2, and 6-3, on
what was a miserable day for Erik ten Hag’s side after a recent upturn in his side’s
City remain a point behind Arsenal, but with Haaland in such form Pep Guardiola’s
team remains favorite to retain its league title, which would be a fifth in six years.
Marcus Rashford’s return from a muscle injury saw Ronaldo drop out of United’s
starting line-up and despite manager Ten Hag making five changes during the game,
the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not one of them.
Asked why Ronaldo did not feature, Ten Hag revealed he did not want to insult the
forward by introducing him with United already 4-0 down.
“I didn’t bring him on out of respect for his big career,” the Dutchman said at his
post-match press conference.
“And the other thing, there was then the advantage I could bring Antony Martial on.
He needs the minutes but I don’t want to point it out like that.”