Social media went into overdrive on Saturday afternoon as Manchester United pulled off one of the performances of the season to beat Manchester City at the Etihad.
In a spellbinding opening 30 minutes of crisp counter-attacking football, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side pulled the Premier League champions in all sorts of directions, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial giving the visitors a deserved 2-0 lead.
City hit back with venom in the second period but despite a late Nicolas Otamendi goal, United defended with glorious resilience and were good value for their victory.
Supporters were in a state of genuine shock and delight after what was a pulsating, brilliant game from United.
Fantastic team performance. Only players who looked out of their depth a few times were Maguire and Shaw. Lindelof faultless bar one mistake, same with Wan-Bissaka really. Midfield extremely solid, attack so dynamic on the break. What a game man.
— ً (@UtdHenry) December 7, 2019
What a performance from @ManUtd so far. Absolutely stunning.
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) December 7, 2019
Rashy too hot to handle 🔥🔥🔥
Scotty and Fred's solid performance
3 points at the BAG
Climb up to the table ⬆️5️⃣
What a DERBY
— 🔰Debasmin Dutta🔰 (@DebasminD) December 7, 2019
What a night of football at least my team gave me a huge boost before my performance tonight 💪🏻 UP UNITED 4 LIFE biko tag all those bad belle 😆😆 @ManUtd ❤️❤️❤️ @ Abiola way, Abeokuta. https://t.co/i8k3UhLDE6
— Ibrahim Osunsanya (@iam_tsalt) December 7, 2019
That performance is more like the @ManUtd team that I knew and grew up with! Full of passion, desire and relentless. #MUFC has always been a club that responds to challenges and adversity. And what a response from the team and the manager! #GGMU 🔴
— Mohd Farid Scott (@faridscott) December 7, 2019
In this environment, when the pressure is on and there is space in behind, Solskjaer’s United can be absolutely lethal.
There remains plenty of work to be done to this team – plenty – but the basic spirit and thrust of this group of players, as seen at the Etihad, is enough to suggest that Solskkaer has something he can build from.
And beyond that, what a joy it is – one so rarely found these days – to find yourselves so utterly enraptured, so contorted in emotion, by a United victory in a massive game.