Nine great stats from KDB’s stunning performance against Man Utd

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne during their victory over Chelsea at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, January 2022.

Kevin de Bruyne gave a majestic performance as Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 4-1 during Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium. 

De Bruyne put United to the sword, scoring two and providing another as City restored their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

After scoring a brace in a helter-skelter first half, the Belgium international turned provider in the second, teeing up Riyad Mahrez for a magnificent volley that killed the game off. He was given a standing ovation from the City supporters when he was substituted with 10 minutes to go.

There may have been frustration at not becoming the first Blue to score a derby hat-trick since Francis Lee in 1970 but it was a stupendous performance that effectively won the match for Guardiola’s side.

Speaking to Sky Sports afterwards, he said: “It’s winning game by game. They put the pressure on us – we responded in a good way.

“We always play the way we need to play. Sometimes we don’t get the result but we always play our football. And we will fight for it until the end of the season.”

As City fans celebrate their latest derby victory, we’ve collected nine amazing statistics that underline De Bruyne’s majestic display against City’s long-standing rivals.

– De Bruyne is the first Man City player to score twice in a Premier League Manchester derby since Sergio Aguero in 2015.

– He became just the 8th player to score 50+ Premier League goals for Man City. The other seven are Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Carlos Tevez, Gabriel Jesus and Edin Dzeko.

– The Belgium international had a higher xG (0.77) than Manchester United (0.58) in the first half. Talk about derby dominance…

– City’s midfield talisman had more shots (6) than the entire United side during his time on the pitch.

– He also registered more shots on target (4 vs 2) and created more chances for team-mates (5 vs 2) than the United XI. Rangnick’s face would have been as red as the United shirt.

– De Bruyne has been directly involved in 88 goals in his 100 Premier League home appearances for City and Chelsea combined (37 goals, 51 assists). The man is a goal and assist machine.

– His status as City’s danger man was underlined by the three fouls De Bruyne received during the match – the most of any player on the Etihad pitch.

– And De Bruyne completed 38 of his 41 attempted passes, while his 64 touches (including six in the opposition box) underlined the dominance of his performance.

– The three-time Premier League champion has now overtaken Cesc Fabregas on the all-time Premier League goalscorers chart. De Bruyne has scored 51 to Fabregas’ 50 and did so in 149 fewer appearances.

 

 


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