MANCHESTER CITY 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED: RASHFORD WINNER BOOSTS VAN GAAL’S TOP- FOUR HOPES

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The 18-year-old became the youngest scorer in a Manchester derby in the Premier League as he struck the decisive goal inside 16 minutes to further damage City’s title chances Marcus Rashford was Manchester United’s
hero again as his goal secured a 1-0 win
away to Manchester City in the Premier
League on Sunday.

The teenager, who scored four times in his first two United appearances this season, struck in the first half to seal the derby spoils and reignite his side’s hopes of a top-
four finish. City lost captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi to injury this week and suffered further blows when both Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart had to be taken off in what proved to be a frustrating game for the
Etihad Stadium faithful. Sergio Aguero hit the post with a header but clear-cut chances were few and far between as United defended diligently against a flat
City attack, while attempting to use the pace of Anthony Martial on the break to stretch the home side.
Wilfried Bony almost turned in Yaya Toure’s cutback and Jesus Navas fired narrowly over, but United held out for a first win at the Etihad since December 2012. Louis van Gaal’s side are now just a point behind fourth-placed City, who remain 15 behind league leaders Leicester City and are
now almost certainly out of the title race.
Navas fired a half-volley narrowly wide after
United failed to clear Sterling’s cross, but
chances were scarce in a cagey opening
period.
David de Gea saved well with his legs when
Navas drilled in a low shot after David Silva
picked him out at the far post, but City were
dealt a sucker punch as the visitors snatched
the lead in the 16th minute.
Juan Mata fed Rashford , who skipped easily
past the challenge of Martin Demichelis
before slotting beneath Hart from close
range.
Manuel Pellegrini was forced into an early
change, with Sterling – who appeared to
pick up a groin injury – replaced by
Fernando, and matters could have been
worse for City just before half-time had
referee Michael Oliver chosen to penalise
Demichelis when he bundled Rashford to
ground inside the area.
City were struck by another blow when Hart,
having stretched to beat Martial to
Demichelis’ poor backpass, had to be carried
off with heavy strapping on his right leg
within three minutes of the restart.
Replacement Willy Caballero did well to
parry a Martial shot before Rashford just
failed to convert Matteo Darmian’s cross, as
United looked to score a killer second.
Aguero had been quiet throughout but came within inches of an equaliser when he nodded Yaya Toure’s cross onto the post,
with De Gea beaten by the effort.
Another Aguero header went wide of the far post before Michael Carrick just managed to poke the ball away from Bony after Toure’s pass, as City began to turn up the heat on Van Gaal’s side in the closing stages. But the visitors saw out the final 10 minutes with the backing of a vociferous away following to collect a potentially pivotal three points in their Premier League season.

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