Kelechi Iheanacho Shines In The Manchester Derby


Nigeria’s Kelechi  Iheanacho continued his impressive run of performances for English giants Manchester City scoring and providing an assist as his club defeated Manchester United in the Saturdays Manchester Derby.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola showed faith in Iheanacho by starting him upfront in the absence of the suspended Sergio Aguero and he paid back the support with an immaculate performance.

City manager Pep Guardiola was asked about his level of trust in Iheanacho before kick-off and he replied in the affirmative.

“He (Iheanacho) is our striker and I trust him. That is why I chose him to start against Manchester United.”

The 19-year-old also had a hand in City’s first goal as he expertly flicked a header towards the onrushing De Bruyne who did well to toe poke past a static Daley Blind before firing unerringly past De Gea in the United goal on the quarter hour.

Pep Guardiola’s team controlled the game in the first half, giving the United players a schooling in possession football.

Pogba had the first sight on goal in the seventh minute but his curler from 25-yard went just over the bar.

Iheanacho doubled City’s lead on 36 minutes finishing off De Bryune’s initial effort which came off the post.

He becomes the youngest ever scorer for Manchester City in the Manchester derby.

With three minutes remaining Ibrahimovic reduced the deficit, volleying in after Bravo failed to hold Rooney’s set piece.

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Ibrahimovic almost drew United level on the stroke of half time following a mix-up in the City defence but his weak shot was cleared off the line.

Prior to the start of the second half United introduced Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera for Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

In the 48th minute Ibrahimovic had a chance to equalise for United but his effort flew over the bar.

City made their first change with Fernando replacing Iheanacho. De Bryune had a chance on 61 minutes but his left low strike was well saved by De Gea.

In the 66th minute Ibrahimovic saw his volley off Fellaini’s flick fly over the bar.

United had the ball in the net off Rashford’s shot but it was ruled for offside after Ibrahimovic was penalised.

Hard as United tried to level things up in the second half, they just couldn’t despite thier myriad of chances.

At the end, it was Pep Guardiola’s team that had the last laugh over Jose Mourinho’s United.

City  have now won all their games so far this season.

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