Erling Haaland and Phil Foden fired hat-tricks as Manchester City put together an astonishing 6-3 derby-day versus Manchester United.
Haaland made Premier League history as the first player to score a hat-trick in three consecutive home games, following his heroics against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.
This one will live longer in the memory, while boyhood City fan Foden also completed his claim to the matchball after Antony’s fine strike briefly eased the pain of United’s 4-0 halftime deficit.
Substitute Anthony Martial restored a measure of pride with a late brace, his second coming from the penalty spot, but it remained a local affair where this Haaland-embossed version of City were able to move one point behind leaders Arsenal and strike fear across the Premier League and beyond.
The 22-year-old now has a scandalous haul of 17 goals in 11 City games but he was peripheral in the early penalty-box action, with Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva having early goalbound efforts blocked before the latter delivered a pinpoint eighth-minute cross for the unmarked Foden to gleefully convert.
United carried a threat on the break but were careless in possession and flimsy in defence — a dire combination when a player of De Bruyne’s pedigree can pick out Haaland to head home a 34th-minute corner before producing a trademark curling delivery for the striker to steal in behind Raphael Varane for a sliding finish.
City’s fourth brought the Etihad Stadium to the brink of bedlam a minute before halftime, with De Bruyne scything through midfield and finding Haaland pulling out to the left flank. His first-time reverse cross found Foden, who capped a wonderful move.
United’s first goal also came in stylish fashion as Antony followed up his debut strike against Arsenal by curling beyond Ederson from 25 yards.
It merely served to shake City out of their early second-half slumber, with Haaland fizzing Sergio Gomez’s drilled cross past the helpless David de Gea before laying on Foden for a similarly emphatic treble-sealing goal.
Guardiola’s perfectionist side will bridle at how Martial was able to convert a rebound after Ederson saved from fellow substitute Fred, before drawing a clumsy foul from Joao Cancelo and converting from 12 yards. Nevertheless, it was a day for uninhibited celebration on the blue side of Manchester.