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    Twitter reacts as Marcus Rashford decides an enthralling Manchester derby

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    Manchester United came from behind to win an enthralling Manchester derby full of quality and controversy in equal measure.

    City humiliated their rivals when the two met earlier this season, prevailing 6-3, but with United finding their feet under Erik ten Hag since then, a closer counter was expected this time around.

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    It quickly became clear that it would indeed be one with little to choose between the two teams in the opening stages of the matches, largely because Kevin de Bruyne was being kept out of the game by a Brazilian shadow in Fred, a surprise inclusion in the United XI who took the Old Trafford faithful back the days of Ander Herrera with his tight marking.

    With Pep Guardiola’s main creative force stifled, it was Ten Hag’s team that created the first chance of the match with Marcus Rashford having an effort cleared off the line after rounding Ederson before having the ball taken from his feet by the goalkeeper inside the box.

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    With the Englishman looking so dangerous, there was fear throughout the Theatre of Dreams when he pulled up shortly before half-time and went down in pain.

    To the delight of the United faithful though, he was fit enough to stay on for the second half, and they weren’t too gutted about Anthony Martial being taken off either.

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    City started the second half well though, with De Bruyne starting to find some space and wield his influence on the match more and more.

    The hosts paid the price for allowing that with the midfielder setting up Jack Grealish on the hour mark and the substitute opening the scoring just three minutes after coming on.

    The visitors kept control of the match after that and looked set to take the three points in a relatively comfortable fashion.

    However, Bruno Fernandes had other ideas, bagging an equaliser that was initially ruled out for offside before VAR judged that Rashford hadn’t in fact been involved in the goal. It was a decision that divided opinion.

    With the decision still being hotly debated, United then caught their neighbours off-guard four minutes later with Alejandro Garnacho squaring to Rashford and the forward giving his side the lead, completely turning the game on its head and continuing his stunning start to 2023.

    With City now in need of a goal, attention then turned to how quiet star man Erling Haaland had been throughout the match.

    Ultimately, the Norwegian wasn’t able to come close to equalising, nor were any of his team-mates, with United taking all three points to move within a point of City and spark talk of a potential title challenge.

    Whether they can challenge Arsenal is very much uncertain with the Gunners holding a considerable lead at the top of the table, but one thing is abundantly clear after their derby win: United are going places under Erik ten Hag.

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