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Manchester United’s Decade-Long Record Shattered in Derby Defeat

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Shock Turnaround at the Etihad

In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Manchester United’s impressive 10-year record crumbled as they succumbed to a 3-1 loss against Manchester City. Despite Marcus Rashford’s remarkable long-range goal giving United a first-half advantage, City’s relentless pressure paid off with Phil Foden and Erling Haaland turning the game on its head in the latter stages.

A Record United Wish to Forget

Before this defeat, the Red Devils boasted an enviable record of not losing a Premier League game when ahead at half-time since a 2014 upset by Leicester City. Over the course of 143 games, United had emerged victorious 123 times and drawn 20. However, this longstanding streak was halted as City rallied to snatch victory.

United Fans Express Discontent

The historic defeat has left many United supporters in dismay, with reactions ranging from frustration to heartbreak. Comments have surfaced lamenting the breaking of records for all the wrong reasons and questioning what the future holds for the team under Erik ten Hag’s stewardship.

Another Record Falls in the Derby

While United grapple with their broken record, Manchester City’s Rodri quietly made history by surpassing Ricardo Carvalho’s unbeaten streak. Rodri has now gone 59 games without defeat under Pep Guardiola, a testament to his and the team’s consistent performance this season.

Statistical Dominance by City

The match statistics paint a grim picture for United, with City not only outscoring their rivals but also outshooting them, with 27 shots to United’s possession percentage of just 26. United managed a mere three attempts on goal, marking their second-lowest shot count in a Premier League match since 2003, only surpassed by a dismal performance against Liverpool in April 2022.

Foden’s Personal Triumph

On a day where United will want to forget the numbers, Phil Foden’s individual performance shone brightly. The City starlet not only scored twice but also unleashed nine shots, crowning him the match-winner and further highlighting the gulf between the two sides in this derby encounter.

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