Angry Man United fans exit stadium at half time as Red Devils looked headed for derby drubbing  

Angry Man United fans exit stadium at half time as Red Devils looked headed for derby drubbing  


Manchester United fans streamed out of the Etihad before half-time after another nightmare 45 minutes. But ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to sit and watch the collapse with a face of thunder.

Pep Guardiola’s side dismantled United with four first half goals in a brutal Manchester the derby. Erling Haaland and Phil Foden grabbed two goals each as they tore the United defence apart – and both went on to complete their hat-tricks in the 6-3 thumping.

Television cameras cut to ex-United boss Ferguson slumped in the stands looking seriously fed up with events on the pitch. The Scot – who was in charge when United lost 6-1 at Old Trafford in 2011 – probably wished he could have joined the supporters leaving the stadium.

Drone footage showed a cluster of Red Devils fans exiting through the turnstiles of the away end because they had seen enough. In a half reminiscent of the hammering at Brentford, Erik ten Hag appeared helpless as the ball flew past David de Gea four times.

Foden fired home emphatically to open the scoring, rounding off a flowing move by striking into the top corner with just seven minutes played. Haaland had to wait a full 34 minutes to get on the scoresheet before heading over the line.

And three minutes later he had his second as Kevin de Bruyne produced an inch-perfect pass for the Norwegian to slide in. Haaland turned provider for the fourth, sliding the ball across for Foden to bundle in at the back post in another example of scintillating City football.

Within 10 minutes of the second half, though, those who bought tickets but left midway through the match missed Antony’s brilliant strike to give United a very slight glimmer of hope. But Haaland and the Foden got their trebles to make it 6-1.

Sub Anthony Martial’s late double, the first a rebound header and then a top-class penalty reduced the deficit on another record-breaking afternoon at the Etihad.

  • A Tell / The Sun report
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