Premier League: Nigeria’s Iheanacho Scores in Man City’s Derby Win Over Man United

Nolito (right) races to celebrate with Kelechi Ineanacho (centre) after the City youngster netted the eventual winner photo credit dailymail.co.uk
Nolito (right) races to celebrate with Kelechi Ineanacho (center) after the City youngster netted the eventual winning goal at the Manchester Derby, Saturday September 10, 2016. Photo/Dailymail.co.uk

Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero of the Manchester Derby as he scored the vital goal that ensured Manchester City smiled home with a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early Premier League kickoff.

The Nigerian international who replaced the suspended Sergio Agüero in today’s encounter proved the City coach, Pep Guardiola right by grabbing the second goal in the 36th minute with a simple tap in after Kevin De Bruyne had given the visiting team the early lead in the 15th minute.

However, before the half-time break, Zlatan Ibrahimović reduced the scoreline for Manchester United when he capitalized on Man City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo’s error to give the Red Devils a lifeline.

All efforts by Man United to equalize proved abortive as the defensive partnership of John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi were solid till the end of the game.

Iheanacho’s goal was the first for the Citizens this season and he will be hoping to maintain the form in subsequent games despite being substituted in the 53rd minute for Fernando.