Erling Haaland was in phenomenal form as Manchester City eased past Manchester United in the derby at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s side moved back up to third in the table and within two points of league leaders Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League.
The Norwegian broke the deadlock midway through the first half from the penalty spot after referee Paul Tierney was referred to a pitch monitor after Rasmus Højlund pulled on Rodri’s shirt in the booth.
United struggled to get into the game but Scott McTominay forced a wonderful first-time save from Ederson before André Onana produced a wonder save to keep out Haaland’s header from four yards.
But the United keeper could do nothing to hold on for his second just after half-time after reaching the back post to nod in Bernardo Silva’s chipped cross.
Marcus Rashford spurned United’s best chance of the second half when he blazed over from close range before Onana quickly stepped up to deny Haaland a hat-trick with a chip.
It was to be City’s father as Phil Foden put the game beyond doubt after 10 minutes when he headed home from Haaland’s cut-back.
Erik ten Haga’s side fell to their fifth defeat of the campaign, while City are on a three unbeaten run since defeating Arsenal earlier this month.
Manchester City Player Ratings
Ederson (7/10): A great save prevented McTominay from equalizing at the end of the first half. Distributed superbly, as always.
Kyle Walker (6/10): He handled Rashford well and didn’t shy away from a physical battle.
John Stones (8/10): He spent as much time in midfield as he did in defence, but the most important action came when tracking Hojlund as it looked like the United striker went through at a clean pace. Tranquility personified in and out of possession.
Ruben Diaz (6/10): Occasionally caught out by bad passes from teammates, but largely led by example.
Rodri (8/10): He barely misplaced a pass as he kept City in midfield. He won a penalty with a late run into the box.
Bernardo Silva (9/10): United tried to mark him but could hardly get anywhere near the magical midfielder. Constantly on the move and offering himself up for his teammates, he capped a fine display with a cross for Haaland’s second. Keeping him was the best piece of business City have done this summer.
Phil Foden (7/10): Lots of good ones, but also some moments where he made a bad decision or played an unfortunate pass. After scoring the third from close range, it won’t matter.
Julian Alvarez (7/10): One of his quieter games, but that was partly due to Bernardo taking the lead. He came close from a free-kick that tipped over Onan.
Erling Haaland (8/10): He probably should have had five goals after being denied twice by Onana, but he secured the points with a well-taken penalty and a buried header. Almost unstoppable if served.
Jack Grealish (8/10): He enjoyed his best game since returning from injury. He played a key role in Haaland’s double and caused Dalot plenty of problems. Twice he saw the missiles pushed away by Onana.
Man Utd player ratings
Andre Onana (8/10): Made some good saves against Grealish and Haaland, including one diving over his line to deny the striker. He could do little with the goals.
Diogo Dalot (5/10): Grealish exposed his defensive weaknesses and rarely got forward.
Harry Maguire (6/10): Overall a solid performance. He made two big clearances and didn’t get run over.
Jonny Evans (5/10): He was fine from an individual point of view, but the fact that United chose him to deal with Haaland speaks for itself.
Victor Lindelof (5/10): A surprise choice for left-back Sergio Reguilon and it didn’t justify it.
Christian Eriksen (5/10): His long passing was United’s only hope of creating danger, but he failed to fulfill his defensive duties properly.
Sofyan Amrabat (5/10): I couldn’t keep up with Bernard and he got booked to tangle with Foden. Hooked for Mount at half time.
Bruno Fernandes (5/10): He couldn’t influence the game and has to take responsibility for overloading the midfield.Scott McTominay (5/10): Had two attempts on goal, but too light and unable to help United loosen City’s stranglehold in midfield.
Rasmus Hojlund (6/10): His overall game was good and he was always looking for a slip in defence. But he showed a lack of experience at both ends, giving away a penalty for tangling with Rodri and staying on his feet when he could have crossed from contact with John Stones.
Marcus Rashford (3/10): He had no connecting play and when he got one good chance to score, he blew it. Another terrible performance from last season’s talisman.