Manchester City’s 21-match winning streak was ended by rivals Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side enjoyed a 2-0 Premier League derby victory at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
United won thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes and a second-half strike from Luke Shaw with the result narrowing City’s lead at the top of the table to 11 points over United with 10 games remaining. It was City’s first defeat in all competitions since 21 November.
Pep Guardiola‘s side may prove to be uncatchable in the title race but United will take real belief for next season from a deserved victory.
Solskjaer is starting to become something of a nemesis for Guardiola — this was the Norwegian’s fourth derby victory since he took over at Old Trafford in December 2018.
City were stunned after 34 seconds when referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the penalty spot after Gabriel Jesus had brought down Anthony Martial just inside the box.
Fernandes took the penalty with Ederson getting his right hand to the shot which squeezed in the corner to give the visitors the lead.
City had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Raheem Sterling tangled with Fred in the area and Riyad Mahrez went close just before the break.
After the interval, Rodri went closest to a leveller with a side-footed shot from the edge of the box which struck the top of the post.
Yet it was some smart thinking from United’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson, deputising again for David De Gea, that undid City for the second goal.
Henderson threw a clever and fast ball out to Shaw on the left, who burst past two City defenders and, after a swift exchange with Marcus Rashford, drove into the bottom far-corner.
Solskjaer’s team who are now unbeaten in their last 22 away league games, move above Leicester into second place, but they are still 11 points behind City with 10 games left.