Published:15 March 2021
Manchester City's winning streak of 21 matches had come to an end on Sunday when Manchester United defeated the Premier League leaders 2-0 in the Manchester derby.
After a sloppy Foul by Gabriel Jesus, Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty after 101 seconds, and Luke Shaw was the unexpected scorer as the visitors doubled their lead in the 50th minute.
As a result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defeated Pep Guardiola for the third time, becoming the first United manager to win the first three away trips in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium.
City might still have an 11-point lead at the top, but missing out on a new club record of 29 games unbeatable would hurt, particularly given the opposition. This is their first loss since a 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on November 21, 2020.
United had gone three games without scoring but was allowed to do so when Jesus, who had been retained in Guardiola's starting XI following a brace in the 4-1 win over Wolves, carelessly clipped Anthony Martial.
Ederson came close to saving the Brazilian, but the goalkeeper could only palm Fernandes' poor attempt from the spot into the net.
City recovered from an early setback to take charge of the game, despite being rattled at fall behind for the first time in 20 games in the league.
With David de Gea on paternity leave, Oleksandr Zinchenko put Dean Henderson to the test, while Rodri hit the angle between the crossbar and post with a rising drive early in the second half.
United, on the other hand, scored the game's crucial second goal. Shaw ran forward after handing the ball to Marcus Rashford, allowing the left-back to take the return pass and drag a low shot past Rodri and into the far corner.
City has pulled up their socks quickly but was unable to break down United's defence, helped by the fact that only five of their 21 attempts were on goal. Though they seemed to be on track to end the season on top, they came up short against their opponents here.