Manchester United left it late to record another famous victory over their city rivals earlier on Saturday, with Erik ten Hag’s men now just one point behind Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead roughly 15 minutes into the first half and it came during the only period in which the game was dominated by the visitors.
United struggled to get themselves back into the game but an opportunist pass from Casemiro sparked the start of a tumultuous five-minute period.
It looked like Casemiro was aiming for Rashford but the red-hot winger quickly realised that he was offside, leaving the ball for Fernandes who calmly slotted it past Ederson.
The goal was immediately disallowed by the on-pitch referee but after consulting the linesman and, presumably, VAR, the goal was approved.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola has insisted that Rashford interfered with play despite never touching the ball in the sequence.
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“Well [Marcus] Rashford is offside,” Guardiola told BT Sport, as seen above.
“Bruno Fernandes, no. Intervenes [with] Rashford or not, distract our keeper, distract our central defenders, the rule, I don’t know, is the rule, but I know where we play.”
Fernandes will give little attention to Guardiola’s thoughts after he scored the goal that kickstarted United’s turnaround. Just minutes later, Rashford would himself score the eventual winner.