This thunderous encounter was a personal nightmare for Manchester City’s usually dependable Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, who gifted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side each goals in sharply contrasting fashion.
He allowed Martial’s movements shot to squirm underneath his body from a rapid Bruno Fernandes free-kick on the half-hour and then, with seconds left, threw a clearance straight to McTominay, who showed brilliant technique to ship a long-range finish, struck first time, into the net in the front of a delirious Stretford End.
It is a win that leaves Liverpool – who now have a 25-point lead at the top of the table – requiring solely two extra wins to tightly closed their first league title for 30 years and Manchester United solely three points in the back of fourth-placed Chelsea, after their first derby league double since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
City hotly contested the free-kick, given through referee Mike Dean for a foul by Ilkay Gundogan on Fernandes, that led to Martial’s goal – even though United additionally felt they have been denied a penalty when Fred was booked for diving after tangling with Nicolas Otamendi.
Sergio Aguero had a goal ruled out for offside by means of VAR and even although City enjoyed the higher share of possession, United sealed a crucial win with McTominay’s strike to take their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.