Manchester City dismantled a flagging Manchester United side on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium. Erik ten Hag's men were beaten everywhere on the pitch, something that is becoming all-too-common for the Red Devils. Both Phil Foden and Eirling Haaland bagged hat-tricks for The Citizens in what was a fantastic performance from the hosts.
Phil Foden opened the scoring just eight minutes into the fixture, sweeping a shot straight into the top right corner of David de Gea's net. It didn't get much better for United as Haaland added his first of the game just after the half-hour mark. The Norwegian rose highest to plant a header into the corner of the net from a corner.
Just three minutes later the striker had his second, this time he smashed a half-volley in from close range, following a fantastic ball in by Kevin de Bruyne. Phil Foden capped the first half off with the goal of the day, rounding off a fantastic counter-attacking move.
Manchester United went into the break 4-0 down for the second time this season, following their drubbing against Brentford. Summer signing Antony pulled one back for the visitors, whipping a lovely effort into the far-left corner.
Haaland completed his hat-trick just after the hour-mark, smashing a Sergio Gomez cross into the net. Foden completed his hat-trick just 10 minutes later, placing the ball past De Gea and into the net. Frenchman Anthony Martial added a consolation for United with his head, with six minutes to go. He added his second in the 90th minute, smashing a penalty into the top-right corner.
The result sees United stay sixth, whilst City stay second; just three points behind leaders Arsenal.
Story of the game
Erik ten Hag picked an unchanged eleven from the last time the Red Devils played in the Premier League, their 3-1 win over rivals Arsenal. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola made three changes; John Stones made way for Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake replaced Ruben Dias and Ilaky Gundogan came in for the injured Rodri.
City quickly got a foothold on the game, missing three great opportunities early on. Perhaps the biggest sign of this was Diogo Dalot picking up a yellow card just one minute into the game. Four minutes in City managed their first proper chance, Haaland's header was blocked by Scott McTominay, then De Bruyne's follow-up was saved brilliantly by De Gea then McTominay was there again to thwart another attempt.
United's resolute defending wouldn't hold out for much longer, when midfielder Phil Foden smashed in the opener just eight minutes in. Bernardo Silva picked out a lovely pass for Foden, who left no chance for De Gea in goal. Just 10 minutes later, The Citizens had another great chance. This time midfielder Ilkay Gundogan clipped the outside of the right post.
Lisandro Martínez clumsily brought down winger Jack Grealish just 20 yards from goal. The German stepped up for the free-kick and whipped his shot around the wall and off the upright.
More pain piled on for United when defender Raphael Varane picked up an ankle injury blocking a shot. Whilst he was off the pitch receiving treatment, Haaland bagged his first of the game. The Norwegian leapt highest to nod Kevin de Bruyne's corner into the bottom right corner of the net.
Is there anyway to stop Eirling Haaland?
It only got worse for the Red Devils, when Haaland added his second just under five minutes later. This time it was all about De Bruyne. The Belgian picked the ball up and placed a fantastic pass into the path of the former Borussia Dortmund man. Haaland smashed a sliding half-volley into the net from just six yards out.
Unfortunately for both sides, Kyle Walker and Raphael Varane had to make way for Sergio Gomez and Victor Lindelof respectably. It got worse for United fans when Phil Foden added his second of the game.
This time it was a fantastic, sweeping counter-attack that undid the weak Red Devils defence. Kevin de Bruyne released the ever-dangerous Haaland, who's sweeping low pass found Foden unmarked at the back post. The Englishman smashed in his second, and City's fourth, from close-range.
For the second time this season, Erik ten Hag's side went into the interval four goals down. However, it was to be United who bagged the first goal of the second-half. Summer signing Antony picked up the ball on the right-wing in plenty of space and unleashed a rifle into the far corner from distance.
Any hope of a comeback was quickly quashed by the hosts, as Haaland completed his perfect hat-trick just past the hour mark. First-half substitute Sergio Gomez fired in a low-cross to the feet of the Norwegian, who smashed the ball past De Gea from close in.
Local boy Phil Foden also completed his hat-trick with just over 15 minutes to go. Haaland was once again vital, sliding the ball through to Foden, who fired a rasping shot inside the near post of United's goal.
The scoring was not done, however, with United refusing to lay down. This time substitute Anthony Martial scored his first of the season. Fellow substitute Fred forced Ederson into a good save, and Martial was there on hand to nod the ball into an empty net.
Martial would also add his second of the season, this time from the spot. The ball deflected its way to the Frenchman, who was clumsily brought to the ground by City right-back Joao Cancelo. Martial stepped up and smashed the ball into the postage stamp of Ederson's top right corner.
It was a disappointing result for United and their fans, and one that sees a four game unbeaten run come to an end. The result also sees them remain in sixth in the Premier League. Their local rivals remain second in the league, just one point behind leaders Arsenal.
Player of the match: Eirling Haaland
Who else was it going to be?
While it is true you could make a case for any one of City's players today, the Norwegian still found a way to standout. Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were both also brilliant, alongside the consistently brilliant Kevin de Bruyne.
However, Haaland was in a league of his own today, playing a vital role in five of City's six goals. Scoring a perfect hat-trick, and his third in five Premier League games. Manchester United's defence couldn't get to grips at all with the striker, mind you, who can?