Manchester United won the derby courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s excellent goal.
As Manchester United moved to within a point of Manchester City in the Premier League following a 1-0 win, there were a number of key statistical stories.
Anthony Martial was a real force down United’s left flank, dribbling past City players for fun at times. Michael Carrick played his best game of the season and took charge in midfield. Daley Blind, meanwhile, made more tackles than any other player on the pitch.
It was an impressive display from United, and Marcos Rojo was perhaps the only player to perform poorly.
The defence kept a clean sheet, the midfield dominated and the attack looked lively throughout. It was a stirring win that ended a run of four games without a victory.
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At the very least, United’s 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium keeps faint hopes of a top-four finish alive, especially as there are plenty of games at Old Trafford left this season.
City also lost two players to injury in the derby – Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart – after seeing two players limp off in midweek action: Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.
The upcoming international fixtures will give some of those players a chance to regain fitness, but their absence after the break could simultaneously hamper City and aid United.
Here are five statistical stories to examine following the derby.