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A. Young
M. Rashford
Gabriel Jesus
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Gabriel Jesus
R. Sterling
M. Fellaini
Red Card
M. Fellaini
Yellow Card

Match Stats

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 1
Total Passes 643 288
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It was a rather reserved Manchester derby for 84 minutes before Fellaini set up an action-packed finish with a ridiculous heatbutt on Aguero. From then onwards, the home side threw everything they had at the 10 men of United, but the visitors did enough to deal with the onslaught, despite Jesus managing to find the back of the net with what he thought would prove to be the winning goal.
90' + 7' City push every available body forward before winning themselves a late, late corner over on the left flank. It's swung into the heart of the box and towards a clump of blue shirts, but it fails to find a City player and bounces out for a throw-in on the opposite wing. That should be that.
90' + 6' And now Aguero goes close! A beautiful cross from De Bruyne sails over to the far post and finds Aguero in a pocket of space, but, despite his best efforts, he's unable to make decent contact with the ball after stretching for the ball.
90' + 4' Another great chance for Jesus! After patiently holding on to the ball for what feels like an age, City are finally able to carve out an opportunity on goal. Navas fires a low cross into the box that finds Jesus at the near post, but his first-time, side-footed shot fails to hit the target and rolls wide of the goal.
A. Young
M. Rashford
90' + 3' Rashford slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Ashley Young in United's third and final substitution.
90' + 2' Jesus scores, but it's ruled out for offside! Aguero weaves his way into the left-hand side of the United penalty area on a wonderful run before sending a beautiful ball over to Jesus. He beats Blind before sending a wonderful header past De Gea and into the back of the net, but as soon as he sprints away to celebrate, the linesman's flag is raised.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be six minutes of added time.
Gabriel Jesus
Yellow Card
89' Rashford picks up the ball deep inside his own half of the pitch and quickly tries to thump it up towards the halfway line, but he's clattered into by a late challenge by Jesus and the Brazilian is shown a yellow card.
88' City are putting plenty of pressure on the United back line as they desperately try to find a late equaliser. Kolarov cuts inside from the left wing and penetrates the penalty area before going down under a tackle from Valencia, but the referee waves away the Serbian's protests and waves play on.
Gabriel Jesus
R. Sterling
86' Gabriel Jesus receives a rousing round of applause from the City fans as he comes on to replace Sterling and make his return from injury.
T. Fosu-Mensah
H. Mkhitaryan
86' United have been forced into taking off Mkhitaryan to be replaced by Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Can they hold on for the final few minutes?
M. Fellaini
Red Card
84' RED CARD! What was Fellaini thinking? The Belgian clashes with Aguero again before there's a coming together between the two, and it sees the midfielder headbutt the striker as they argue over the challenge. The referee doesn't even pause for a second before reaching for the red card.
M. Fellaini
Yellow Card
83' A half-hearted attempted United attacking move comes to an end and allows City to counter quickly, but Fellaini is there to stop them from doing so with a poorly timed challenge that earns him the first yellow card of the game.
82' Fellaini holds up the ball well before poking the ball back to Darmian. The Italian takes a quick touch and chips a pass down the left wing and into the path of Lingard, who is unable to get the better of Kompany and loses out to the big Belgian.
81' The game gets underway once again and United quickly try to break away down the right wing, but Kolarov is just about able to get a foot on the ball to fire it out for a throw-in before the visitors can carve out a chance on goal.
J. Lingard
A. Martial
80' United have also made a substitution, with Martial being replaced by Jesse Lingard in a straight swap over on the left.
L. Sané
80' Meanwhile, Jesus Navas has come on to replace Sane.
W. Caballero
C. Bravo
79' After spending a couple of minutes receiving medical treatment on the pitch, Bravo is eventually stretchered off to be replaced by Willy Caballero.
77' Bravo has been a spectator for most of the second half, but he really seems to be struggling after going down off the ball. It looks as if he may have landed awkwardly after dealing with Rashford's cross, and his game may have come to an end.
75' United are able to push forward on a rare foray into the City half of the pitch, and it results in a corner after Herrera fires a cross off the head of Zabaleta and out of play. It's swung in by Rashford and towards Herrera at the back post, but it's easily caught by Bravo before it can find the Spaniard.
73' Rashford, who has seen very little of the ball since the break, is able to break away on a quick counter-attack after City lose possession. He easily skips past Kompany and then tries to sprint towards the hosts' penalty area, but Zabaleta does really well to track back and dispossess the youngster at the vital moment.
71' Sterling does well to beat Darmian over on the right flank once again before cutting in and unleashing a swerving shot from 20 yards out, but it's fired to near to De Gea and is well saved by the Spaniard.
69' Sterling showcases fancy footwork deep down the right wing before teeing up De Bruyne, who then whips a low cross into the middle of the United penalty area. It looks set to find Aguero in front of goal but Blind is there to make sure the Argentine can't reach the ball.
67' Huge opportunity for Otamendi! A lovely delivery from Sane swings into the United box and finds Otamendi in a great position in front of goal, but his downward header takes a deflection off Bailly that sends it over the top of the crossbar.
65' Sane holds up the ball deep down the left flank before spinning and finding Kolarov. The Serbian then tries to quickly curl a cross into the penalty area, but it's completely underhit and fails to beat Herrera.
63' Toure shows great strength to out-muscle Bailly just outside of the United penalty area as he tries to charge his way into the box, but Blind is there to stop the Ivorian midfielder from doing so with a last-ditch tackle.
61' Big chance for Aguero! A swinging cross from Zabaleta flies over to the far post and should be easily dealt with by Valencia, but the defender can only slice a poor attempted clearance straight to Aguero. The Argentine then unleashes a thumping shot, but it's far too powerful and sails over the top of the crossbar.
59' De Bruyne skips past his marker over on the left wing and quickly unleashes a rocket of a strike, but it takes a slight deflection that sends the shot the wrong side of the near post and into the side-netting.
57' Sane goes down inside the box, but nothing is given! United are unable to clear the danger fully and allow Sane to dart into the penalty area before taking on Valencia. He goes down under a tackle from the defender and quickly appeals for a penalty, but the referee isn't at all interested and waves play on.
55' Martial slips and ends up catching Sterling, resulting in a free-kick for City in a dangerous position deep down the right wing. De Bruyne steps up and swings a cross into the middle of the penalty area, where it's headed away by Fellaini before it can find Kompany.
53' Sane and Kolarov link up well deep down the left flank as they get the better of Antonio Valencia. The Serbian then fires a low cross into the box and towards the near post, but it's sent too near to De Gea and is easily smothered.
51' Sane, who has arguably been the quietest of City's attacking midfielders this evening, cuts inside from the left flank on a clever run before trying to tee up Aguero, but he's eventually dispossessed by Blind before he can find the Argentine.
49' City have started the second half really well and are putting United under plenty of pressure. Once again, Aguero causes problems for the visitors before firing a low shot from the edge of the box, but De Gea is comfortably able to stop the effort with another easy save.
48' Almost a chance for Fernandinho! Darmian falls asleep in the heart of the United box and allows a De Bruyne cross to bounce over to Fernandinho. The Brazilian sticks out a foot at the far post and is just about able to make contact with the ball, but it isn't good enough to send a shot towards De Gea.
47' Sterling finds himself in a pocket of space in the middle of the pitch and is able to dart towards the United penalty area before shooting, but his low effort doesn't have enough power behind it to trouble De Gea at the near post.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
City have enjoyed the vast majority of possession so far but both sides have been presented with good chances to score. Aguero's close-range miss arguably represented the best opportunity for the home side to take the lead, but he could only hit the outside of the post from a few yards out. At the other end, United haven't done much to test Bravo but Blind really should have hit the target with his bullet header late on.
45' + 1' City push forward on one last attack before the half-time break that sees Sane try to play a quick one-two with Kolarov, but the German's pass back to the full-back is poor and rolls out for a throw-in.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
44' Free header for Herrera! Martial and Darmian link up well over on the left flank before the latter is caught from behind by Zabaleta, resulting in a free-kick for United in a promising position. It's whipped in by Rashford and finds Herrera completely unmarked at the far post, but, somehow, he can't hit the target with his close-range header.
42' City continue to boss possession as they to put more pressure on the United defence. Sterling is finally able to find a pocket of space behind Blind before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out, but it's poorly hit and sails high over the crossbar.
40' Herrera and Toure tangle in the middle of the pitch as they battle for the ball, and Fernandinho then flies into the United midfielder to clatter him to the floor. The Spaniard reacts angrily and a slight fracas kicks off, but the referee does well to quickly bring it to an end.
38' Sane is dispossessed deep inside the United half of the pitch and allows the visitors to counter quickly. Rashford flies down the right wing and cuts inside before taking on Otamendi once again, but this time the centre-back comes out on top thanks to a smart tackle.
36' Now it's Kolarov who causes problems for the United back line as he links up well with De Bruyne over on the left flank. He sprints towards the penalty area and then unleashes a low shot, but it's well saved by De Gea at the near post.
35' Aguero causes problems for Blind once again as he darts into the right-hand side of the United penalty area and fires a low cross towards Sane, but, not for the first time this evening, Bailly is there to deal with the danger.
34' Another great opportunity for Aguero! The striker leaves Blind for dead as he spins round the Dutchman and unleashes a shot from the edge of the box, but there's slightly too much power behind it and it sails a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
33' Chance for Aguero! Toure powers through the middle of the pitch on a marauding run before finding Aguero, who quickly shoots. The Argentine's strike is a good one and heads towards the top right-hand corner of the net, but De Gea is there to smother it with a diving save.
31' The game has started to open up as both sides try to find an opener. Unfortunately for them, their passing hasn't been at all good enough so far, meaning that little action has taken place in and around the two respective penalty areas.
29' A half-hearted United attack comes to an end and allows City to counter quickly. They initially get forward well before De Bruyne tries to set up Sane, but his pass towards the German is completely overhit and rolls through to De Gea.
27' Aguero is initially dispossessed by Fellaini just outside of the United penalty area but does well to quickly win the ball back. He then plays a quick one-two with Yaya Toure before penetrating the box, but he's too slow to get a pass away and is tackled by Matteo Darmian.
25' Almost a costly mistake by Claudio Bravo! A deflected cross from Martial should be easily dealt with by the City goalkeeper, but for some reason he claws the ball down into the path of Mkhitaryan. The Armenian spins quickly and then shoots, but his low effort is well saved by the Chilean, who recovered well to make amends for his error.
24' Rashford has been giving Otamendi a really torrid time every time they met one another. Once again, the youngster gets the better of the Argentine as he charges towards goal, but this time, Kompany is there to deal with the danger with an excellent tackle.
22' What a tackle by Bailly! Sane twists and turns as he weaves his way through a group of red shirts and into the United penalty area, but just as he's about to shoot, Bailly dives in and dispossesses the German with a wonderful sliding interception.
21' City patiently pass the ball around just outside of the United box before De Bruyne is finally able to get a shot away, but the Belgian's effort is tame is curls straight into the hands of De Gea in the middle of the goal.
20' Rashford battles with Nicolas Otamendi over on the left-hand side of the City penalty area and does well to win United a corner. It's swung into the penalty area and towards the near post, where Fernandinho is easily able to clear the danger with a strong header.
19' Leroy Sane does well to skip through the middle of the pitch and past two United players on his way towards the United penalty area, but his pass to Aguero is poorly hit and can only find Bailly on the edge of the box.
17' Sterling outmuscles Fellaini with ease before taking on Herrera, who fouls the winger and concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position out wide. De Bruyne steps up and swings a dangerous cross into the middle of the box, but it misses everyone before bouncing out for a goal-kick.
15' A poor pass from Kolarov misses Aguero and reaches Eric Bailly, who then quickly kick-starts a counter-attack. Fellaini does well to spin round his marker on the halfway line before trying to set up Rashford, but Vincent Kompany dives in front of the young forward to beat him to the ball.
13' City patiently hold on the ball as they try to find a way through the sea of red shirts camped in front of them. They're unable to make it much further than the halfway line, however, as United look compact and well-organised.
11' Ouch! Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to skip past Fernandinho after managing to control a loose, bouncing ball, but the United man is clattered into by the Brazilian and is sent crashing to the ground. He looks fine to continue, though.
9' Aguero hits the post! De Bruyne fires a beautiful low cross into the United box and straight into the path of Aguero, who meets it well but can only hit the outside of the post with his first-time shot. He really should have buried that!
8' Anthony Martial weaves his way through a sea of blue shirts before poking a clever pass down the left wing and into the path of Rashford, but the youngster's run forward is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is quickly raised as a result.
6' Sergio Aguero battles his way down the right flank before earning the hosts a corner. It's curled in by De Bruyne and finds Aguero on the edge of the penalty area, but he's unable to do much with the ball and loses out to Fellaini.
5' Kevin De Bruyne picks up the ball in a pocket of space just past the halfway line and quickly tries to set up Raheem Sterling on the break. The Englishman is unable to meet the ball, however, as Blind is there to cut out the danger with a well-timed interception.
3' United's first corner of the game quickly results in a second after Zabaleta manages to get a head to the ball. Daley Blind then swings a cross into the heart of the penalty area, where it's easily cleared away by Aleksandar Kolarov under very little pressure.
2' Marcus Rashford is able to get himself into a good position deep down the right wing before spinning and picking out Ander Herrera. The Spaniard meets it well before floating a lovely cross over to the far post, where Pablo Zabaleta is able to beat Marouane Fellaini to the ball.
1' We're off! United get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho has made four alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney making way for Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.
Pep Guardiola has decided to make three changes to the City side that started the defeat against Arsenal on the weekend, with Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Raheem Sterling coming into the starting line-up to replace Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy and David Silva, respectively.
Manchester United substitutes: Romero, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Young, Lingard, Rooney.
Manchester United XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini; Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Martial.
Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Garcia, Fernando, Navas, Jesus.
Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov; Toure, Fernandinho; Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane; Aguero.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
After a slight period of City dominance between April 2012 and November 2014, United have won three of the last five meetings between the two sides, with City only managing to taste victory once during that time. That did come in September’s meeting at Old Trafford, however, with Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho both hitting the back of the net in the first half to guide their side to their fourth win in as many games during what was an excellent start to the season.
As for United, they too have underperformed but nonetheless head into tonight’s derby feeling slightly better about themselves. An EFL Cup victory could be followed by success in the Europa League if they continue to impress in the competition, but all their attention this evening will be on trying to get one over their rivals. If they’re able to leave with a fourth win in as many games, it’ll move them above City and into the fourth spot that they crave so desperately.
Pep Guardiola’s first season in England is almost certain to go down as a disappointment after he failed to win any silverware with a City side that, despite dazzling on a few occasions, has largely failed to live up to expectations. Sunday’s narrow defeat against Arsenal sent them crashing out of the FA Cup, meaning that a third-place finish now represents the height of their hopes heading into the final stretch of the campaign.
The stakes couldn’t be higher in the third and final Manchester derby of the campaign, with both teams frantically fighting for a place in next season’s Champions League. City currently sit in fourth place thanks to their comfortable 3-0 win away to Southampton one and a half weeks ago, but they remain just one point ahead of their local rivals, who have won all of their last three Premier League games and are without a defeat in the competition since October.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.