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Man City Thrashes Man United, Liverpool Drops Points, Leicester Finds First Home Win

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Alvin Jones, Staff Writer

Foden (right) finishing his 3rd goal past United defender Lisandro Martinez (Left). Photo//Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

It was a performance to remember for Manchester City, as they cruised to a 6-3 win against sworn local rivals Manchester United. It was a masterclass from City attackers Erling Haaland and Phil Foden. The duo became the first two teammates to score a hat-trick in the same Premier League game since 2019.

The scoring started early for City. After enjoying several spells of possession, Foden scored in the 7th minute. Foden put away a low cross from Bernardo Silva, placing a shot past David De Gea.

Haaland found his goal 33 minutes in, heading a shot near post over the line. Tyrell Malacia attempted to clear the ball to no avail.

5 minutes later, Haaland scored his second and City’s third, a silky weighted pass from de Bruyne found Erling on the far post, who finished neatly. Foden scored the fourth, scoring from a Haaland cross set up by de Bruyne. Manchester United, undefeated in their last four PL games, went into halftime down 4-0.

Haaland (left) celebrating goal number 5 with Jack Grealish (right). Photo//Rui Vieira/AP

After the break, an absolute screamer from new signing Antony gave United a goal. Antony placed a curling strike from outside of the box beyond Cancelo and Ederson’s outstretched arm.

It was, however, only a brief respite from the drubbing for United. In the 63rd minute, Haaland found his hat-trick, putting his laces through a ball crossed by Sergio Gomez. 14 goals on the year for Haaland with the consecutive home hat-tricks. It is the fastest any Premier League player has scored 3 hat-tricks, and it only took Haaland eight games.

Local hero Phil Foden got his hat-trick in minute 72 scoring from a Haaland assist.

A pair of consolation goals from substitute Anthony Martial gave Manchester United some small morale. The first capitalizing on a rebound from Ederson, the second a top corner penalty. 6-3 the final score, a famous derby win for City and one that will surely be remembered for years to come. For United, a humbling and a sign of how far they still yet need to progress.

Leandro Trossard celebrates his hat-trick. Photo//Phil Noble/Reuters

It has been a stressful start to the season for Liverpool, currently dealing with their slowest start under manager Jurgen Kloop. Due to postponements, Liverpool played their first game since September 13th against Brighton (playing their first game under new manager Roberto de Zerbi).

It was an exciting start for Brighton, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Leandro Trossard. Trossard slipped past Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold and scored. The opener came three minutes in after a backheel assist from Danny Welbeck. Trossard doubled the lead in minute 17.

Liverpool, backed against the wall, found a goal through Firmino which was confirmed after a VAR check in the 33rd minute. The equalizer also came through Firmino in the second half. Luis Diaz drove into the box, cut inside and found Firmino, who took a touch past the defense and scored the tying goal.

A 63rd minute Adam Webster own goal gave Liverpool the lead. The ball was swung into the box from a corner and deflected off Adam Webster into the net after a poor punch from Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez.

Liverpool, who came back to win against Newcastle and Ajax, looked en route to another comeback victory, until a final twist in the game. In the 83rd minute, a cross from Mitoma found Leandro Trossard, who powered the ball past Allison, who at full extension could not keep the ball out of the net. A hat-trick for Trossard and a point for Brighton, much to the delight of new manager Roberto de Zerbi. Liverpool’s slow start to the domestic season continues amid a slew of defensive miscues.

Leicester, one of the league's more ambitious sides in recent years, sat dead last in the league without a single win. On Tuesday, they went up against a Forest side, who spent big in the transfer window, but also found themselves in the relegation zone.

Leicester star James Maddison celebrates after scoring from a free kick. Photo//Plumb Images/Leicester City FC/ Getty

Leicester found four much needed goals in the fixture. A deflected James Maddison longshot from the edge of the box went in for Leicester in the 24th minute. Two minutes later, Harvey Barnes took a pass from Vardy on the left wing, cut inside and shot the ball directly into the bottom right corner. A classy finish from Barnes who doubled the lead.

Maddison put the game to bed in minute 35, powering a free kick into the right, rooting Nottingham’s keeper Dean Henderson to the spot. Another showpiece performance from the highly sought after England international.

A late goal from Daka made it 4-0, sealing a win for the Foxes. They will hope Tuesday’s win will be the spark they need to get back into winning ways.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Arsenal continued their winning ways with a 3-1 win over arch rivals Tottenham, ending Spurs’ undefeated start to the season. Goals from Partey, Jesus, and Xhaka saw Arsenal stay top of the table, on one of their best starts in years.

On Sunday, Chelsea snatched a comeback 2-1 win over Crystal Palace thanks to a wonderful late goal from former Palace standout Conor Gallagher. A first win for new manager Graham Potter and for Chelsea, a potential sign of things to come.

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