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Man Utd 0-2 Man City: Pep Guardiola achieved a unique Premier League feat at Old Trafford

By Ben Green

Published: 22:36, 24 April 2019

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has achieved Premier League history by becoming the first manager to win three consecutive matches against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Citizens ran out 2-0 winners on Wednesday night in the latest instalment of the Manchester Derby, leapfrogging Liverpool to the summit of the table in the process.

Guardiola at Old Trafford: Five key things to know…

  1. During his Barcelona playing days, Guardiola faced Man Utd twice, winning once in Catalonia and drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford.
  2. Since taking the City helm Guardiola has faced United six times in the Premier League.
  3. His maiden campaign yielded a 2-1 win at Old Trafford and a 0-0 draw at home.
  4. Last season City again triumphed at Old Trafford 2-1 but fell short with a 3-2 loss at the Etihad.
  5. Guardiola has now defeated United 2-0 on Wednesday to become the first ever manager to win three successive matches on the hallowed North West turf.

Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane secured all three points for the travelling City players, putting them in pole position to retain the Premier League title.

It was a hard-fought match, but the Catalan coach will not care one bit as he has now etched his name into Sky Blue folklore – becoming United’s ultimate kryptonite.

Defeat for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer puts the Red Devils’ chances of finishing in the top four in serious jeopardy with the club losing seven of their last nine matches across all competitions.

The Norwegian will be encouraged to hear of Arsenal’s shock 3-1 defeat to Wolves, but Wednesday was a chance – albeit it a slim one – to reignite their hopes of clinching a Champions League qualification place.

United remain three points adrift of current fourth-place occupiers Chelsea, but with a substantially weaker goal difference.

As for City they have re-established their position at the top of the table, sitting a point above Liverpool with just three matches remaining.

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The key stats from Man Utd 0-2 Man City

This was not just a significant win in the title race for Guardiola, but also one that has broke a number of records, which is some achievement given the sheer number they shattered last campaign – there were also some very unsavoury stats for Solskjaer.

For one thing, every United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has lost their first Premier League Manchester Derby…

Guardiola’s side also became the first club in the history of the English game to net 157 goals across all competitions in just one season – and they still have four matches remaining before the season is out…

A further indication of just how far United have fallen in the post-Ferguson era is that they have now conceded 50 league goals for the first time in over a century…

It was also a night to forget for Fred, whose role as midfield enforcer was made redundant as City’s players slalomed past him at absolute will…

Finally David de Gea may be pondering his future on English soil after he shipped in his 50th league goal of the season, which is only the second time in his career the Spaniard has conceded that many goals…