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Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: 5 key stats from the game

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Man United recorded a 3-2 comeback win over City

Manchester United produced one of the most stunning comebacks in Premier League history to defeat rivals Manchester City 3-2 on Sunday.

The Red Devils started the game poorly and were put to the sword by a ruthless Man City side that played with Raheem Sterling as a false striker.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the early exchanges and rightly took the lead through captain Vincent Kompany who rose unmarked to head home from a corner.

The Cityzens doubled their lead five minutes later as Ilkay Gundogan turned Nemanja Matic inside-out before firing a low shot past David de Gea.

However, there was still time for drama as Man United came out of the second half all guns blazing, with two goals in quick succession from Paul Pogba drawing them level, before a Chris Smalling tap-in sealed an incredible 3-2 comeback win.

Below are five key stats from the game.


#5 De Gea reaches 101 saves this season

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De Gea produced a stunning save to deny Aguero in the final-minutes

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was once again in imperious form as the Red Devils came back from behind to defeat Manchester City 3-2.

The Spanish international was powerless to stop Pep Guardiola’s side from scoring two goals in the first half, but returned strongly to make a save-of-the-season contender when he denied Sergio Aguero’s goal bound header towards the end of the game.

De Gea’s exploits have seen him now reach 101 saves in the Premier League for this season. There is no doubt that the 27-year-old is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and arguably the best shot-stopper in the world.

#4 United become first Premier League side to beat City at the Etihad since December 2016

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Man United shattered Man City's one-year unbeaten run at home in the Premier League

There was sweet revenge for Manchester United as they became the first side to beat Manchester City at home in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils’ 3-2 win over their neighbours also meant they have become the first side to beat City at the Etihad since December 2016.

Infact, the last time Man City lost a league game at the Etihad was in December 2016 when they lost 1-3 to a Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea.

However, that flawless home record has now been shattered by Jose Mourinho and his charges thanks to Saturday’s derby win over the Cityzens.

#3 Pogba and Smalling have never lost a Premier League game in which they have scored

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Pogba scored twice against Man City

Manchester United fans around the world may not always be happy with the performance of Chris Smalling, however the defender alongside Paul Pogba hold an impeccable win record whenever they score in a league game.

The pair were the heroes as Man United came back from behind to gate-crash Man City’s coronation party. Intriguingly, Manchester United has never lost a Premier League game in which either Pogba or Smalling has been on the score-sheet.

That record now stands at nine games for both players, with only Ryan Babel holding a longer scoring run without his club losing a game, which is 11.

#2 Man City lost a 2+ goal lead for the first time since 2008

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Man City conceded all three goals in the second half

Manchester City’s 3-2 loss to rivals Manchester United brought them to another low as it is the first time since 2008 that the club has lost a game after holding a two-goal advantage.

The Cityzens rarely surrender when they are two or more goals up, but a late capitulation on Saturday meant Man United stole the bragging rights and delayed their coronation party.

Not since October 2008 has Man City taken a two-goal lead and still ended up on the losing end. The last team to actually hand them such a low was Liverpool who like United came from two goals down to win 3-2 against the Cityzens.

#1 This is the first time a Pep Guardiola side has conceded 3+ goals in two consecutive matches

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Pep Guardiola after City conceded the third goal

Manchester City were on the receiving end of a 3-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool in their midweek Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash.

Unfortunately, the Cityzens once again shipped in three goals against Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League encounter.

As a result, this is actually the first time that a side being managed by Pep Guardiola has conceded three goals or more in two consecutive matches.

The Spanish tactician is currently facing his first bad patch since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2016.

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Edited by Anthony Akatugba Jr.
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