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EPL PIX: Haaland, Foden hat-tricks as City thrash United

Last updated on: October 03, 2022 09:22 IST
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IMAGE: Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates after completing his hat-trick against Manchester United during the Premier League match, at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on Sunday. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored hat-tricks to fire champions Manchester City to a rampant 6-3 thrashing of local rivals Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday.

 

City's football was slick, incisive and ruthless in its execution as Haaland claimed his third hat-trick in eight league games and Foden netted his first Premier League treble on a humbling afternoon for United.

After a disappointing start under Erik ten Hag this season, with the Dutchman tasting defeat in his first two games, a run of four successive league wins had promised better times ahead but United were brought firmly back to earth by the neighbours.

No City player had scored a hat-trick against their bitter rivals since Francis Lee in 1970 and in the space of 90 minutes two men achieved the feat.

"We scored six goals, what can I say, it's amazing," Haaland told Sky Sports. "To win at home, score six goals, it's nice.

"You can feel it all the time. You can see the passes we give each other. We always want to go forward and to attack. It's what I love about the team."

IMAGE: Phil Foden celebrates scoring Manchester City's sixth goal. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Foden grabbed the first inside eight minutes, becoming the first English City player to score in a home league derby against United since 2006, sweeping home Bernardo Silva's low cross, before Haaland headed his first in the 34th minute to put City in command.

Haaland has settled seamlessly into the Premier League and the Norwegian struck again in the 34th minute on the stretch before Foden added the fourth three minutes later.

Big-money signing Antony curled a stunning strike into the net early in the second half to give United faint hope of a remarkable comeback, before Haaland fired home his 17th goal of an incredible season.

Foden completed his first Premier League treble to finish off the perfect afternoon for irresistible City. Aged 22 years and 127 days, the England international also became the youngest player to reach 50 goals under Pep Guardiola, surpassing Lionel Messi.

IMAGE: Phil Foden scores Manchester City's fourth goal, past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

United substitute Anthony Martial added a late consolation double, one from the penalty spot, to make the scoreline more respectable, but the margin of victory does not tell the true story of the gulf between the sides.

"It's quite simple, it's a lack of belief," Ten Hag told the BBC. "When you don't believe on the pitch then you can't win games, that is unacceptable.

"We get undisciplined at following rules and you get hammered, that's happened today."

Pep Guardiola's team moved to within a point of Arsenal at the top of the standings and a bruised United stayed sixth.

"Perfection doesn't exist, it's impossible," Guardiola said. "But we must try to look there. We did good, we can do better, many, many players had sloppy passes. This is not good. We have to be more consistent. In some areas we were still not good.

"Some players were not good today so they have to improve."

Dogged 10-man Leeds hold Aston Villa at home

Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey battles for possession with Leeds United's Jack Harrison.

IMAGE: Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey battles for possession with Leeds United's Jack Harrison. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

Leeds United managed to hang on for a 0-0 draw at home to Aston Villa despite playing much of the second half with 10 men following midfielder Luis Sinisterra's red card.

Leeds did not manage a shot on target but collected three bookings in a first half that had plenty of aggression but little decent attacking football from the hosts, despite the return of striker Rodrigo Moreno from injury.

The Spaniard came close to opening the scoring midway through the first half but could not get a touch after Sinisterra flashed the ball across the box and a minute later he blazed a good opportunity high and wide.

Villa suffered a blow before the break when Swedish defender Ludwig Augustinsson saw his debut ended by what looked like a hamstring strain.

Colombian Sinisterra, having already picked up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge in the first half, was sent off three minutes into the second when he was booked for not retreating and then blocking a Villa free kick.

Shortly afterwards Philippe Coutinho had the best chance of the game when he hit the far post with a spectacular volley and Ollie Watkins headed the rebound just wide as the visitors tried to press home their numerical advantage.

Emiliano Buendia curled a shot from distance just wide of the top-right corner in the 72nd minute, but Villa lacked the quality to punish the home side's indiscipline and the game finished in a draw.

The result at Elland Road saw Leeds drop one place over the weekend to 12th on nine points after seven games, while Villa's first away point of the season moved them up one spot to 14th with eight points from eight games.

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