Manchester City beat Manchester United 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday thanks to hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.
Manchester City talisman Erling Haaland described his derby hat-trick as “amazing”, while Phil Foden referred to his own treble as a “dream come true” after the pair dominated against Manchester United.
A nine-goal game was never in doubt as Foden and Haaland each scored three in City’s 6-3 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
A strike from Antony and a brace from Anthony Martial gave United some consolation in the second half, but it was a dominant win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Foden’s second goal of the day was his 50th in all competitions for City, making him the youngest player to reach the mark under Guardiola at the age of 22 years and 127 days, surpassing Lionel Messi (22 years 164 d).
Speaking to Sky Sports after the win, Foden praised the partnership he had already built with Haaland following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
“Obviously it’s a dream come true [to score a hat-trick], playing in a derby and also being a City fan,” the England international said.
“Erling and I have now built that connection and we’re here and it’s a pleasure to be part of the team.
“I think our determination [showed] from the start, we looked at it the right way and we finished our chances.”
Haaland became the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in three consecutive games, as well as becoming the first City player to score a hat-trick against United since Francis Lee in December 1970, before Foden followed shortly after.
“Yeah, not bad,” joked Haaland, also speaking to Sky Sports. “We scored six goals, what do you say? It’s amazing to win at home, score six goals here and yeah, screw it.
“You see it all the time, the passes we give each other, we always want to go forward, we always want to attack and that’s what I love about the team, we always want to go and attack and yes, in the end it’s amazing. Nothing to add.”
Asked who gets the match ball, Foden asked Haaland if they each had one.
“Yes, I think we have to,” Nor assured his teammate. “One ball for the first half and one for the second half.