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Man Utd collapse to Man City defeat as Erik ten Hag explodes at Marcus Rashford decision | Football | Sport

Express Sport runs through the talking points after Erik ten Hag’s side drifted further away from the Champions League spots while Pep Guardiola and Co. kept their back-to-back treble dreams alive and kicking.

Rashford’s actions after his words

The common saying across the United fanbase after Rashford’s honest midweek interview was that actions speak louder than words.

His most notable quote from that interview was: “If you support me, good. If you doubt me, even better.”

And he silenced his doubters with one of the greatest strikes of his United career to give the visitors a surprise lead at the Etihad Stadium.

Ten Hag snaps as City land reality check

Ten Hag being under pressure would be a serious understatement ahead of a new era under the INEOS regime. He couldn’t afford to be humiliated again on Sunday.

The Dutchman’s tension leaked through on the sideline after Rashford was dispossessed by Kyle Walker on the break, leading to questions over whether the City man committed a foul.

Shortly after, at the other end, Foden produced a marvellous finish to draw the hosts level and send them on their way to a comfortable victory.

Ten Hag was livid, picking up a water bottle just to throw it before receiving a booking for confronting the fourth official over his anger.

Haaland finds more derby joy

Haaland has no preferred opponent. City’s goalscoring machine will provide the goods against any team he faces.

But he once again bit United in the back after missing a glorious open-goal chance that seemed easier to score earlier in the match.

The 23-year-old put the result out of doubt by netting his sixth career goal against United in the dying embers.

Only Sergio Aguero has scored more derby goals in the Premier League for City than Haaland (8).

Champions League needs a miracle

United entered Sunday’s derby knowing even a win wouldn’t move them within touching distance of the Premier League’s top four.

And with their defeat, they now sit 11 points behind fourth-place Aston Villa following Unai Emery’s side’s late 3-2 win at Luton Town on Saturday.

It feels like FA Cup or bust for Ten Hag this season. Even that might not be enough if INEOS want a clean slate to end the club’s mediocrity.

They can’t allow it to continue. If it does, there will be plenty more days like this ahead for both City and United.

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