Barclays Premier League 2015-16

Full-time: Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United

  • Marcus Rashford scores his fifth goal in eight senior matches as United's top-four hopes are given a major boost at the Etihad Stadium
  • City lose England duo Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart to injury before the international break
  • Louis van Gaal's side, who were denied a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Martin Demichelis clumsily felled Rashford, stay sixth but move to within just one point of their local rivals
  • Underwhelming City remain 15 adrift of leaders Leicester and face a battle to retain their Champions League berth ahead of Pep Guardiola's arrival
Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium AFP

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That was the latest in a long sequence of underwhelming performances from City, who are definitely out of title contention now and face a real battle just to retain their place in the top four with sixth-place United having closed the gap to just one point.

A morale-boosting afternoon for Van Gaal and co, who are right back in the thick of the race for Champions League qualification. Derby success coming as the perfect tonic for that painful Europa League exit to Liverpool.

Marcus Rashford

They have a real talent in Rashford who is likely to play a big role at Old Trafford moving forward.



Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United


More fine defending from Smalling to remain focused and snuff out the threat of Aguero's mazy run. Just a minute remaining and Rashford wins a crucial corner off Mangala.

That will eat up the seconds.


Sustained pressure from City once more but United's rearguard are holding firm and Bony concedes a cheap free-kick by shoving Smalling.


A wonderful lofted pass from Silva picks out Aguero, who takes an ideal first touch to evade Valencia before snatching his shot wide.

City have not fared well with injuries this afternoon and their key man stays down for a few seconds before slowly getting back to his feet and sporting a worrying limp.

Sergio Aguero


United's away fans are in fine voice as the fourth official signals six minutes of stoppage time. Can City find an equaliser from somewhere?


United have used all of their available substitutions, so Rashford will soldier on. Fernandinho heads harmlessly wide from a corner.


Rashford also went down a few moments ago before trying to continue. He has now sunk to the turf once again in the centre circle with what Van Gaal will be hoping is another case of cramp.

It's been a short turnaround following the Europa League last-16 second leg against Liverpool on Thursday.


Physical stuff from Fernandinho, who uses his body well to block off the run of Martial. The Frenchman complains but he was never likely to get a penalty for that.


Van Gaal has been ridiculed lately for his habit of changing both full-backs during games, but he has been left with no choice at the Etihad as Darmian goes down again before limping off to be replaced by 18-year-old Fosu-Mensah.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah


A touch of cramp by the looks of things for Darmian, who will be OK to continue. Marouane Fellaini and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are both warming up for United.


Boos from the home supporters and a wry shake of the head from Pellegrini after Smalling comes through the back of Aguero but avoids collecting a second yellow.


Only the second yellow card of the afternoon and a first for City as Mangala is cautioned for a lunge on Lingard.


City are absolutely dominating this game now as Navas weaves his way inside past Darmian before drilling a right-footed shot over. There is no out ball for United at the moment and this could be a very long last 15 minutes for them.


It's just not falling for City, try as they might. More patient build-up leads to Silva picking out Aguero with a dangerous back-post cross, but he can only send his header back across goal and Bony is denied by Carrick after Toure keeps the attack alive.


Bastian Schweinsteiger replaces Mata for the final 20 minutes of the derby.


United are being penned in their own half now and the woodwork comes to the rescue when Aguero stoops in front of Smalling to head Toure's searching cross on to the post.

Sergio Aguero

De Gea may have had it covered anyway.


Good work from Navas to find Sagna, who fires a low cross towards Bony. The-ex Swansea favourite, who has flattered to deceive since a £28m switch to City in January 2015, looks likely to score before an excellent block from Smalling.


City probe patiently before Bony's shot is inadvertently blocked by Toure. Smalling hacks clear.

Valencia is now on in place of Rojo, who is blowing hard and moving a tad gingerly. The Argentine international only returned to action in late February after three months out with a dislocated shoulder.


Alert defending from Darmian to cut out Aguero's pass towards Silva. Antonio Valencia is preparing to enter the fray with an hour gone.


With Demichelis off, City have pushed Fernandinho back to partner Mangala in defence.


Caballero has been busy since coming on, first denying Rojo's cross to Rashford at the front post and now beating away a deflected goalbound strike from Martial.

Aguero then collects possession on the right flank before driving at Blind and Smalling with Bony in support. The run ends with a shot that soars high over the crossbar.


With just under 40 minutes left to play, Pellegrini makes his final change. Demichelis' rotten game is over as he trudges off to be replaced by striker Wilfried Bony.