- Man United handed rivals City a reality check on Sunday evening after they condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Etihad
- It was the first time City were tasting defeat in 28 games across competitions, with the last one happening late November at Spurs
- However, they remain 11 points clear at the top of the table with 10 games left to end the 2020/21 campaign
Pep Guardiola has hailed Man United after the Red Devils ended his side's 21-game unbeaten run on Sunday evening, March 7.
A goal each from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw proved to be the difference as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer engineered a memorable win at Etihad Stadium.
Fernandes scored United's opener inside the second minute of the kick-off, converting from the spot after Gabriel Jesus tripped Anthony Martial in the area.
Efforts by City to restore parity in the first half were unsuccessful as United remained resolute at the back to fend off every attack.
Shaw doubled the visitors' advantage shortly after the break, thanks to a brilliant counterattack initiated by Dean Henderson who was in goal for the absent David de Gea.
The match eventually ended 2-0 in favour of Ole's men, with the win enough to help them keep City in check in the title race.
Guardiola has now conceded United were on top of their game, noting the defeat had handed them a reality check.
“Sometimes you have to not win a game to realise. We will be the news because we lost — but the news is 21 victories in a row. The result is going to help us a lot to understand how difficult it is," SunSport quoted Pep saying after the match.
“It’s a lesson. In football everything can happen. Congratulations to United," the Spaniard added.
Despite the defeat, City still have an 11-point advantage over United who are their closest rivals in the title charge.
The Etihad dwellers will be desperate to winning ways on Wednesday night, March 10, when they take on Southampton at home.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes' attitude on the sidelines after he was substituted against Man City has got the attention of Man United fans.
The Portuguese scored from the spot in the second minute of the game and was substituted in the 90th minute while the score was at 2-0.
After walking off the pitch, the 25-year-old stood behind United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was showing concern about what was going on with the remaining minutes of the game.
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