·2 October 2022
·2 October 2022
The Red Devils were stunned by breathtaking performances from Erling Braut Haaland and Phil Foden, with both players scoring a hat-trick.
The Citizens completely dominated the first half and were 4-0 ahead by the interval. United were a far better side in the second half as substitute Anthony Martial scored a late double after Antony’s 56th-minute stunner.
However, City still claimed an emphatic 6-3 victory with Haaland and Foden scoring their third goals in the second half.
Eriksen, who was very poor in the Etihad Stadium encounter, gave an honest assessment of United’s performance.
He told Sky Sports (as per Reuters): “It was a very, very bad day at the office. We started on the wrong foot, they had chances straight from the kick-off, and we can only blame ourselves for not coming into the game at any point. We missed a bit of courage to play out from the back. It was unacceptable.”
Apart from Martial and Antony, all the other United players produced hugely disappointing performances.
All the defenders looked clueless against City’s forwards who were absolutely brilliant and created plenty of pressure.
The full-backs went in for tackles but often missed while centre-backs were also ineffective to prevent City’s onslaught.
Scott McTominay and Eriksen endured a very poor match as neither provided much creativity or defensive contributions.
Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also failed to make an impact and were far from their best.
However, Martial made a positive start after returning from injury. The Frenchman tapped in United’s second goal and also converted a late penalty.
Antony scored the best goal of the game, despite not having much support from other players.
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