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The first ever Manchester derby on foreign soil went United’s way as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put City to the sword in Houston pre-season clash.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester United against Manchester City in Houston
The first ever Manchester derby on foreign soil went United’s way as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put City to the sword in Houston.
The cavernous NRG Stadium, host of the Super Bowl earlier this year, witnessed history as the rivals met in the International Champions Cup.
Lukaku’s superb goal from an acute angle and a Rashford drive proved the difference in Texas, where Jose Mourinho’s United racked up their third friendly win as Pep Guardiola’s City opened pre-season with a 2-0 defeat.
It was Lukaku’s second goal in as many games for Manchester United following a £75million move from Everton, and the fact it came against Manchester City will be all the sweeter.
Manchester United’s pre-season win over Manchester City in Houston was “a very good training session”, says United manager Jose Mourinho.
New signing, Lukaku had beat City keeper, Ederson Moraes to Paul Pogba’s pass on 37 minutes. Then Rashford drove in Jesse Lingard’s pass two minutes later.
“I’m really pleased,” said Mourinho. “I’m sure Pep [Guardiola] is the same. The most important thing was to give the players high quality training.”
City came close to reducing the deficit when Fernandinho’s long-range shot was tipped over by Sergio Romero. And City boss Guardiola was delighted with the performance of 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who was making his first-team debut.
“I don’t have words to describe what I saw,” Guardiola said. “His performance was at another level. He loves the club. He is a City fan. He is a gift.
“Maybe this season he will stay with us because he is special. Creating chances, always in the best position.”
It was the first derby since the bombing at Manchester Arena on 22 May and both teams wore shirts with the distinctive ‘worker bee’ logo, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the victims.
Watch the match highlights below;