Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils emerged from the Manchester derby victorious, dimming rivals Manchester City’s chances of a fifth Premier League title.
In-form Marcus Rashford put his side ahead inside the first half hour, thanks to a penalty awarded by VAR. Anthony Martial doubled Manchester United’s lead just six minutes later, with City only able to pull a consolation goal back deep into the second half through Nicolás Otamendi.
In a post-match interview, Kyle Walker commented on his side’s current form and applauded title rivals Liverpool for being “on fire”.
“It’s going to be difficult, we all know that,” admitted the right-back following the home defeat. “They [Liverpool] are getting wins and we’re not. It’s as simple as that.”
Manchester City’s derby day disappointment marks their fourth league loss this season, plummeting them a huge 14 points behind top-of-the-table Liverpool.
Following Everton’s shock win over Chelsea, the Cityzens have leapfrogged into third place, but no team in history has ever overturned a 14-point deficit.
“We’ll keep fighting until the end, that’s all I can say,” continued Walker. “I can’t say that we can catch them, because it is a big gap.
“But we will fight until the end – until it’s mathematically over. That’s when we’ll give up.”
Manchester United’s win sees them sitting in fifth in the table on 24 points, five behind Chelsea in the Champions League qualifying zone.
Pep Guardiola’s side will hope to return to winning ways against Arsenal in their next Premier League fixture on December 15. Meanwhile Man United will prepare to face an Everton side that foiled Chelsea 3-1.
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