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Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford

Old Trafford Referee : Michael Oliver
6th November 2021 12:30 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Manchester United

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘7' Eric Bailly (OG)
    • ‘45' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By


Signing off 👋

That's all from me on an afternoon to remember at Old Trafford.

Any derby win is sweet but the manner of our victory and display today was especially satisfying

You can check out the match reaction from Phil Foden and Pep Guardiola below.

Brief match highlights will be available on our official app and on later this afternoon and there will be extended highlights and a full-match replay on CITY+ from midnight.

Thanks as always for your company - hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as me!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Blues and we will see you after November international break with City back in action at home to Everton on Sunday, November 21st.


Pep on the Manchester bragging rights...

"For our fans, Manchester City is the best club in Manchester, for United red is the best.

"All we can say is that in the last years we have done really well, winning a lot of titles and being there all the time. It makes me so proud."


More from the boss...

Pep Guardiola:

"Huge deserved credit and my admiration and pride to these players. 

"The commitment and the facts we played a really good game from beginning to the end.

"The best way to silence Old Trafford is to have the ball, have the ball we did it. And we played a really good game."


'We were so comfortable'

Pep on sticking with the starting eleven all game:

"I am so sorry I don't like to not use them but the game was 2-0 and we were so comfortable I didn't thin k we needed to change today."


More from the boss...

Pep Guardiola:

 "We played the game we needed today, definitely. Other games you need other things.

"But with teams that have this physicality, like Rashford Cristiano, you have to play quick and move the ball, do touches the players needs but always try and put the ball in the pocket/box."


Pep's reaction...


Pep Guardiola's reaction:

"Here at Old Trafford we made a good performance many time since we were together - we won more times here than at the Etihad stadium.

"It was a deserved victory and three more points."


'A huge confidence boost'

More from Phil Foden:

"This gives us massive confidence now going into the internationals, so I’m really, really delighted."


'It was really special to win this game'

More from Phil Foden...

"It was very important to get back to winning ways in the league today. United are a great team and a difficult team to play against, we showed our class today.

"As a Manchester boy it was really special to win this game."


Phil Foden - 'We had the game of our lives'

Some immediate reaction from Phil Foden:

"I think we had the game of our lives today, everything went right. We dominated from start to finish which is really good."


Seconds out

That result moves us up to second in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Chelsea and a point ahead of Liverpool.

We may have played a game more than both but always good to get the points in the bag!


Complete control

I can't remember a more one side derby in recent years to be honest.

Right from the get go City were in control.

There was a poise, balance and grace to our play today and it says everything when Pep sticks with the starting eleven for the full 90 minutes.

The perfect way to go into the international break!


Loud and proud

City fans in great voice and bellowing out our full repertoire of songs.

The rest of Old Trafford is emptying at a rate of knots.

Difficult to find fault with any aspect of today's display!


Ronaldo booked

The United man is booked after De Bruyne is fouled but to my Fernandes was the real culprit.

Poor, poor challenge that. Hopefully KDB is OK


So close !

John Stones is inches away from another goal at Old Trafford.

The centre half wheels around to meet a Foden corner just six yards out but his shot in a fraction wide.


Saturday special

It may not have been the same scoreline as when Liverpool won 5-0 here a fortnight ago but this has been equally impressive.

City have been dominant in every aspect of the game. So much to admire about the way we have gone about our bwork.


Hit the post

So close. A stunning City attack ends with Foden firing in a low shot which clips the foot of the post which De Gea helpless.

Would have rounded things off nicely that!


United change

Van De Beek is on for Fred.

United huffing and puffing but not to any great effect. City have done such a professional job here.


Focus time

From David Clayton at Old Trafford:

"Last 15 and we need to keep it tight and not give United anything - if they were to pull one back in the time that remains it would be a frantic finish.

"United fans desperate for something to cheer but we need to just keep doing what we have been doing all game."



That's a real rarity - an absolute shank of a shot from De Bruyne.

More City brilliance saw Gundogan and Silva combine to cause United more headaches before the ball invitingly dropped for De Bruyne 15 yards out.

For once however the Belgian's radar was off and his shot blazed wide.


Pass and move

Currently standing at 67 per cent possession for City. We have squeezed the life out of United and caused the hosts all sorts of grief going forward.


Squad goals

It's been far more low key this half but City have done a thoroughly professional job so far.

There has been so much to enjoy about our display. Hugely impressive.



A brilliant patient spell of pressure ends with Bernardo finding the onrushing Gundogan in the box with a stunning ball but for once the skipper's first touch lets him down.

That could have been very special



Another patient build up from City sees Foden fire in another fizzing low cross which Lindelof puts behind for a corner.

From the resulting set piece City work the channels and then play a spell of keep ball.



Mason Greenwood cuts inside in midfield and then tries his luck from about 25 yards.

Its low, harmless and wide.

United seeing more of the ball this half but without causing too many alarms.

In contrast every time we attack you feel we can cause havoc.



City break at speed through De Bruyne after he robbed Shaw.

Via Foden the ball finds Gundogan on the left flank and he pings in a teasing cross but there is no-one to meet it.

Defence to attack in the blink of an eye again.


Softly, softly...

Not quite the same intensity to these first five minutes after the restart.

City waiting to spring another attack, United desperate for a toe hold back in the game.


Pep on the touchline passing on instructions to his players

In contrast Ole Gunnar Solskaer is wedged in his seat looking on with Mike Phelan his touchline lieutenant.



Rodrigo almost picks out Bernardo with a superb angled 30 yard pass.

Bernardo is felled via Shaw but ref Michael Oliver is not having it.


Wrong - in every way!

David Clayton at Old Trafford:

"Here’s a question with an easy answer – what would Mike Doyle made of ‘friendship scarves’? Seen a load of them today.

"They’ve been a topic of discussion for many years now and they are very much a ‘Marmite’ item of clothing.

"Personally,  but I can’t ever imagine a time I’d be wearing United’s colours around my neck, even it was just 50%! "

David is right - they are just plain wrong!


Risk and reward

 David James on the Bailly own goal

"He got a lot of positivity in mid-week for doing the same thing he did there which is great when it works.

"But there is such little control in it, desperate lunges. De Gea for his shot-stopping which has been brilliant, he doesn’t command his area. Ederson would come and claim that cross for the second goal."



Surprise, surprise!

 Joleon Lescott on Bernardo's goal:

"It took every United player by surprise. City seem to be getting comfortable crosses in. Bernardo does what all the front players do. Make the run on the blind side and take everyone by surprise."


26 is the magic number.

Just the 26 passes in the build up to City's second goal.

Mind blowing - and all from a Ronaldo error in the first instance


And that's half time!!!

United 0-2 City.

Totally deserved. An own goal and Bernardo on target.

But for De Gea we could have been even further out of sight.


Just what we deserved!!

A soft goal to concede but we'll take it.

Cancelo floats in a ball to the far right post. Maguire and Shaw switch off but not Bernardo.

He sneaks in behind and then guides the ball from the acutest of angle to double our lead.




For once City lose possession and we are almost punished.

United drive forward and work the ball out towards Ronaldo on the right.

He cuts inside and lets fly with a low drive from 15 yards but Ederson is equal to the task.

A timely reminder we can't relax for a second


Rain men

From David Clayton at Old Trafford:

"De Gea has been superb and the only reason we aren't three or four goals up - if we can get a second, it could be a long afternoon for the home support.

"Rain falling heavily now - City fans in great voice this afternoon."


One man saviour

De Gea is there again this time to keep out a goalbound De Bruyne shot.

Without the Spanish keeper we would be out of sight already.


Almost another own goal!!!

Blimey. De Gea performs yet more heroics to prevent another own goal.

City gained more joy down the left flank through Cancelo and Foden.

Foden fires in a low cross and Lindelof diverts it goalwards but De Gea is there to claw it out


Denied again

De Gea is at it again with another fine block to deny Joao Cancelo from his long-range effort.

You do feel another goal is not that far away.


How is that not two?

What a save from De Gea.

Foden swarms down the left and pings the ball to De Bruyne who is denied at close range but the ball then finds the waiting Jesus 10 yards.

He lets fly but De Gea produces a stunning reaction block to prevent us going 2-0 up. Stunning save.


Great save

United's first big moment.

A careful build up ends with Shaw finding Ronaldo who lets fly with a stunning 20 yard volley.

Ederson though was equal to the task. Brilliant save.


Up and at 'em...

Joao Cancelo just skipped past two United challenges with ease and powered up the left flank before finding De Bruyne.

His narrow show was deflected for a corner.

You do feel there is another goal here if we can just apply that bit of composure.


Frustration in the home ranks

 From David Clayton at Old Trafford:

"We couldn’t have asked for a better start and the United fans are voicing their frustration.

"Jadon Sancho just warmed up in front of the City fans and now probably wishes he hadn’t!

"Atmosphere  could turn toxic if we get another… "


Central comand

City popping up into pockets of space all over the central area and stretching United this way and that.

De Bruyne then just overhits a through ball for Foden but the intent was there.


Perfect start

Not only has that goal rocked the United players it has also muffled the Old Trafford crowd.

You can sense the anxiety and nerves.

City in contrast look so comfortable and assured on the ball.

Couldn't have asked for a better first 15 minutes



Now De Bruyne lets fly with a stunning dipped 35 yard pass which is a fraction away from the onrushing Phil Foden at the far left post.

That would have been something special.


Up and running

City swarming all over United in the early midfield exchanges.

Another reminder that we marry perspiration  alongside inspiration.

City making all the early running so far.


Into the groove

Given what happened when Liverpool were at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, you do wonder what that could do to United's confidence.

Really like the way we have started here.

Full of purpose and desire.


Perfect start!!

We had already come close through Ilkay Gundogan from a Walker cross.

The ball was quickly reworked and found Joao Cancelo on the left wing.

He whipped in a low cross and Baily hacked at the ball and only succeeded in firing past De Gea.

Just the start we wanted!


High and wide

Bernardo cuts in from the right handle and tries his luck from 20 yards.

However its high and wide and doesn't threaten De Gea in the United goal.


On the front foot

City straight onto the ball and dominating the early possession.

Plenty of snap and crackle in the first exchanges too.

Just what a derby is all about!


A moment to remember

We will now remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom of others. 

Pep and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lay pitch side wreaths.

A reminder of what unites us all...


Time for action

Ilkay Gundogan leads City out onto the Old Trafford pitch to a raucous reception from the travelling City fans.

Let's do this boys!!


Favourite derby memory

No surprise for Joleon Lescott's!

"It has to be the 6-1. The game in general but lucky enough to get an assist too! We were confident and our fans believed we could win that game, but to win 6-1 was still a surprise. It deserves credit. That group of players deserves a lot of credit."


'A tough place to get a result'

David James on playing at Old Trafford:

"It is such a tough place to get a result and getting anything there is a bonus.

"But if you get something, you want as many as your own fans there as possible, like my first derby here at City."


The derby fear factor...

From David Clayton at Old Trafford...

"The Manchester derby – does anyone actually look forward to this game?

"I know I don’t – as a kid, I’d dread the days leading up to the game and, because it was usually a miserable experience in terms of results for so many years, I wouldn’t talk to anyone for a day or so after.

"I'm sure I am not alone... 


Six appeal

Joleon Lescott on our options in midfield and up-front...

"I’m going to say Foden will be the false 9 again, and Jesus will be on the left side, with Bernardo or Kevin to play on the right side.

"I think it’ll be Kevin out there. He’s not performing at the heights he’s set himself. So just put him in the area where he can put the ball into the box."


Staying power

Zack Steffen has his game face on, fresh from signing his new City contract earlier this week.

A win today would round off the perfect week!


'We must respond if Rashford comes on'

David James has offered his thoughts on United's selection with Marcus Rashford amongst those on the bench...

"United have a great squad of players. Rashford at the moment is getting back to form - his finishing is top drawer at the moment.

"This is the mind games managers need to use. City have to have something to respond to if Rashford is coming on.

"I’m not any more nervous about the game but yeah, Rashford is decent."


He's one of our own...

Joleon Lescott on what the derby means to homegrown hero Phil Foden, a City fan from boyhood...

"He’s an actual fan of the club, so for him to be a part of the derby and play in this game is a massive honour for him and his family, and every City fan, knowing he is one of them.

"What’s different with Phil is his obsession with the game and improving makes him what he is.

"I love the enthusiasm he has for the game and I think it’s enhanced because he’s playing for his boyhood club."


More from the boss...

Pep on what might be the key to victory this afternoon:

"I don’t know. I never think what would be the key or what detail would be important for the game.

"Whoever is more stable and in the good moments enjoy it, be clinical in front of goal and be softer. In 90 minutes a lot of things can happen. 

"We need to do all this until the end."


Pep - We have to be emotionally stable

Pep Guardiola has just conducted his pre-match duties and the boss was in calm and focused mood as always:

"For them it is not the first derby game of their career, of course we have to be emotionally stable in the good moments and bad moments. 

"It has to be like that in a game like this.

"The players are professionals. It is normal for them."



City are chasing an eighth Premier League win away to United, which would be the most by any club at Old Trafford.

We have won six of their last 10 top-flight matches at Old Trafford (D2, L2).


Atmosphere slowly building

David Clayton is our man at Old Trafford this afternoon and he will be providing regular updates throughout derby day...

 "Old Trafford slowly filling up – with these 12.30pm kick-offs people seem to leave it to the last possible minute.

"Just a few hundred of the 3,000 or so City fans who will be here today (away to my right) are in their seats.

"Speaking to several members of the United staff beforehand, they all think we’ll win or at least it will end a draw.

"All I know is United lost 5-0 here a fortnight ago and they won’t want to lose successive home games to Liverpool and City. It will be tough!"


Ilkay on the Manchester bragging rights

Gundo also gave his view on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pre-match assertion about who rules the roost here in Manchester...

"Clearly not over the last few years! That is mainly down to us. It’s about us to maintain that and to keep that for the next few years."


Ilkay on the derby atmosphere...

"To be honest you can feel before that the tension is different before other games. In the game the intensity may be a bit higher.

"For us, the approach is pretty much the same, keeping the ball and creating chances. We will try to make it as good as possible today."


Ilkay's all fired up...

 Ilkay Gundogan is on pre-match media duties today...

"The whole atmosphere is different. The whole City is shaking right now. Everyone is looking forward to the match.

"We will do everything possible to make the blue side celebrate."


Caution the watch word for Lescott

Joleon Lescott's take on today's team news:

"It’s a cautious team to be fair. I would have liked to see Mahrez play. But again, not disappointed.

"There’s not a weak team we can choose. I’m pleased Jesus is in there, he brings a lot of energy. Phil Foden is undroppable at the moment."


Jamo's up for it!!

David James is in no doubt as to what happens today...

"I’m ultra confident today. Because City are going to beat United. Simple as that!"

That's what we like to hear!


Here's how we line up today...

Pep Guardiola makes three changes for today’s 186th Manchester derby with Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus all returning to the starting line-up.

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (c), Bernardo, Jesus, De Bruyne, Foden

Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Sterling, Grealish, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Palmer



Join presenter Natalie Pike and special guests Joleon Lescott and David James on Matchday Live now!

Tune in at the top of this page...


Stat attack (part one) 🧭

Only three of the past 16 Manchester derbies in all competitions have been won by the home team, compared to 10 away victories.

The visiting side kept a clean sheet in four of the previous five encounters, including all three meetings last season.


Pep's singular focus

City will kick-off this afternoon lying in third place in the Premier League table five points off top spot.

However, Pep Guardiola said he was not thinking about possible league permutations ahead of today's big game:

“[There are] 28 games to play, so a lot of points," the boss stressed at his pre-match press conference.

“We are going to try and win the game. United knows. We are going to try and do it and afterwards we will see what happens.

“I am not thinking about the calendar and how many points ahead or down we are."


Number cruncher 💙

Another hugely impressive stat about City's away form under the boss for you to digest... and enjoy!

Since Pep Guardiola joined City at the start of the 2016-17 season, the Club have won 70 of his 100 away Premier League matches in charge – 10 more than any other side has won on the road in that time (Liverpool, 60).



Taste for travel 📈

This is a rather remarkable statistic... and one that should give us added belief ahead of today's big match.

 🔹 City have won 15 of our last 18 away Premier League matches, drawing one and losing two.

 🔹 In the process we have scored 42 goals across those 18 games. 

Incredible numbers.


Bernardo's derby hunger...

Our Portuguese midfielder says he knows exactly what a derby win would mean to every City fan...

“It feels great [to win a derby]. It’s the same everywhere. I’m from Portugal, I was brought up at Benfica. If you beat Sporting Lisbon, it’s the best game of the season,” Bernardo revealed.

“For us, when we play against Manchester United or Liverpool, beating them has a special taste.

“For them as well, I imagine. It’s an important game for us, for the fans, so we are going to try our best to win that game."


The fan factor

Incredibly, today's game will be the first derby to have fans present since March 2020.

The complexion of most matches was so different when games took place behind closed doors.

But for a derby, the absence of supporters was felt even more.

It will be fascinating to see how the return of fans plays its own part this afternoon - we may be away but the presence of more more than 3,000 City fans will hopefully only serve to inspire Pep's players!


Early team news

Today's teams are due at 11:30 (UK) on the dot, but we do already have an idea of who is and isn't available for both squads.

Aymeric Laporte is suspended following his red card last weekend while Pep Guardiola revealed at Friday's pre-match press conference that he would monitor Kyle Walker’s fitness with the England defender having come off early against Brugge as a precaution with a foot problem.

Long-term absentee Ferran Torres is definitely ruled out of selection for City.

Injury rules Raphael Varane out for United, whilst Paul Pogba is also out as he serves a three-match ban for his dismissal against Liverpool and Victor Lindelof is an injury doubt having missed the midweek Champions League draw at Atalanta.


It's your shout... 📱

What are your thoughts ahead of this afternoon’s derby, Blues?

Confident of three points? Any nerves? And who do you think should be in Pep Guardiola's starting XI?

Let us know your thoughts using #ManCity on Twitter or send a WhatsApp message to +447537186538 for a chance to feature on Matchday Live.


Matchday Live 📺

Former City and England duo Joleon Lescott and David James will be special guests for today's edition of our live show, which gets underway at 11:30.

The pair made a combined total of 260 appearances for the Club and will offer their thoughts ahead of kick-off plus plenty of other anecdotal memories of Manchester derbies past.

Lescott and James will then reconvene for a quick half-time debrief, before returning for more in-depth analysis of all the game’s twists and turns after the final whistle.

Available on all digital platforms, including right here in our Matchday Centre, our live show is a must-watch for supporters who enjoy a City-centric feel to their match coverage.


It's Derby day!!

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Premier League trip to take on Manchester United.

It’s the 186th instalment of the Manchester derby and a game that always quickens the pulse and fires the imagination.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be seeking to kick on from our excellent midweek win over Club Brugge and send us into the November international break on a high.

It’s also a chance for us to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after last weekend’s slip up at home to Crystal Palace. 

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 12:30 (UK) and I will be providing live updates throughout the build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Let’s hope for a cracking match, another exciting City display… and most importantly another three points at the end of it!

United v City


And welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City's Premier League game against Manchester United.

The 186th edition of the famous fixture kicks-off at 12.30 (UK) on Saturday 6 November and you can follow live updates right here from 10.30. 

We'll bring you all the pre-match build-up, which includes our Matchday Live show, with guests Joleon Lescott and David James, as well as all the match action and post-match reaction.  

This is a game which is not to be missed, so we so we hope you can join us to go through the rollercoaster of derby emotion together.


Other games that day

  • Brighton and Hove Albion1
    Newcastle United1
  • Brentford1
    Norwich City2
  • Chelsea1
  • Crystal Palace2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Chelsea 11 +23 26
3 Liverpool 10 +21 22
4 West Ham United 10 +9 20
5 Manchester United 11 +2 17
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 11 0 17
7 Arsenal 10 -1 17
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 -1 16
9 Crystal Palace 11 +1 15
10 Tottenham Hotspur 10 -7 15
11 Everton 10 0 14
12 Leicester City 10 -2 14
13 Southampton 11 -2 14
14 Brentford 11 -1 12
15 Aston Villa 11 -6 10
16 Watford 10 -6 10
17 Leeds United 10 -7 10
18 Burnley 11 -6 8
19 Newcastle United 11 -12 5
20 Norwich City 11 -21 5
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