The early spot-kick netted by Bruno Fernandes in the Manchester derby this evening saw visitors United halt their rivals’ pursuit of a long-standing English top-flight record.
Bruno on target
The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend is of course currently playing out at the Etihad.
The matchup in question sees Manchester rivalries renewed, as City and United face off in a hotly anticipated showdown.
It is the hosts who headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to secure all 3 points, amid a historic spell of form, which had seen Pep Guardiola’s men rattle off 21 consecutive wins across all competitions.
United, on the other hand, were winless in their last three, all of which ended in 0-0 stalemates.
As they say, though, form goes out the window on derby day.
And the opening exchanges of this evening’s Etihad clash went on to prove exactly that.
Remarkably, inside two minutes, visitors United took the lead, when Bruno Fernandes stepped up to convert from 12 yards after Gabriel Jesus was adjudged to have fouled Anthony Martial in the City box:
It’s a dream start for United at the Etihad!
Bruno Fernandes beats Ederson from the spot after Gabriel Jesus had upended Anthony Martial!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 7, 2021
As outlined above, though, Fernandes’ latest strike did not only prove significant in the context of putting the visitors ahead in the derby.
It also saw the Portuguese bring an end to a remarkable record-chasing run on the part of Pep Guardiola and co.
After putting Wolves to the sword on Tuesday night, it was revealed that City had not fallen behind for a single minute in any of the club’s last 19 Premier League fixtures.
This marked a record-equalling feat, after Arsenal also racked up a 19-game streak during the 1998/99 campaign.
19 – Man City haven’t trailed for a single minute in any of their last 19 Premier League games – equalling Arsenal’s competition record of 19 consecutive games without falling behind, set between December 1998-May 1999. Relentless. pic.twitter.com/qg4EvDyVC9
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 2, 2021
United’s quickfire opener this evening, though, evidently halted City’s run with immediate effect, with the Sky Blues forced to make do with joint ownership of the long-standing record.
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