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Iheanacho Benched As Rashford Strike Settles Manchester Derby

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in the 171st Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday evening while youngster Marcus Rashford made the difference for Louis van Gaal’s side who won 1-0.

The win took United to 50 points but they remain sixth in the Premier League table with lower goals difference to fifth-placed West Ham United.

Jesus Navas saw his close range shot deflected for a corner by the feet of Joe Hart very early in the game.

The red half of Manchester was ecstatic in the 16th minute when youngster Rashford scored after an amazing individual effort which ended with a strike from inside the penalty area, sending the ball precisely into the bottom right corner.

Manuel Pellegrini was forced to make a change in the first half. Raheem Sterling could not continue due to injury and Fernando came on for the speedster in the 26th minute.

An accurate pass to the edge of the box was well received by Yaya Toure whose shot went inches wide of the left post in the 33rd minute.

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Yaya Toure also missed another chance to convert before the end of the first 45 minutes while United claimed a penalty should have been awarded to them for a foul on Marcus Rashford.

Martin Demichelis almost put his team in trouble with a sloppy back pass which Anthony Martial almost pounced on in the 47th minute.

Sergio Aguero connected with a Yaya Toure cross from the side in the six-yard box, but planted his header in the 66th minute only onto the right post.

Wilfried Bony collected a pass in the United box but saw his low shot cleared for a corner in the 72nd minute.

City are still fourth despite Sunday’s defeat with 51 points, four adrift of Arsenal in third.

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