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Premier League: Manchester United win Derby 0-3 Liverpool at Brighton

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Is that already the change of power in Manchester? Man United turns the derby in just five minutes and finally wins again against Man City. Liverpool disappointed in Brighton.

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Victory in the city derby against the champions: Manchester United’s winning streak continues after the early departure of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The English football record champion won the Premier League derby against Manchester City again after a long time.

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Coach Erik ten Hag’s team beat their city rivals 2-1 (0-0) after going behind and moved up to third place in the table for the time being. Previously, Man United had lost three consecutive league derbies to City.

Bruno Fernandes (78th minute) and Marcus Rashford (82nd) ​​turned the game in favor of the Red Devils in less than five minutes and thus ensured an exclamation mark in the Premier League.

Ten Hag’s team reduced the gap to Pep Guardiola’s star squad to one point. Substitute Jack Grealish put the visitors ahead in the 60th minute.

Guardiola grumbles about the equalizer

Discussions followed about the equalizer. When the ball was passed, Rashford was clearly offside, but the international didn’t touch the ball and let Fernandes take it, who scored the 1-1. “Regardless of whether Rashford intervened or not, he distracted our goalkeeper and our centre-backs,” Guardiola complained on broadcaster BT Sport.

His counterpart, ten Hag, expressed himself diplomatically. “I understand the other side,” said the United boss. “Obviously it’s a confusing moment. But if you follow the rules and he hasn’t touched the ball, then he hasn’t intervened and it’s a goal.” Fernandes saw it that way too. “I don’t know if any of us were offside,” said the goalscorer. “Marcus didn’t affect the defenders. That’s the way it is.”

Haaland largely unremarkable

Champion City had a lot more possession at Old Trafford, but Man United had the better chances. Record champion Rashford missed the best opportunity to lead before the break when he rounded City goalkeeper Ederson after a good half hour, but finished too weak. City’s top striker Erling Haaland remained largely inconspicuous in the derby.

Former Wolfsburg player Wout Weghorst, who Man United signed on Friday on loan until the end of the season, watched the game at Old Trafford from the stands.

Liverpool go down 3-0 at Brighton

Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp is slowly slipping into a crisis with Liverpool FC. At Brighton & Hove Albion, the Reds lost surprisingly 3-0 (0-0). Solly March (46th/53rd) and Danny Wellbeck (81st) scored for the hosts.

Liverpool, who lost their last Premier League away game 3-1 at Brentford FC, slipped to eighth place after a well-deserved sixth defeat of the season and were overtaken by Brighton.

Klopp described the performance as “really bad”: “I can’t remember a worse game, not just with Liverpool. That’s really a low point. Brighton were the better team, that was deserved. They played really well. It was a very organized team against a not very organized team.”

Source: Stern

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