Manchester United 2 – Man City 0
Just before the Premier League halted the season after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta turned up a positive Covid-19 case, Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 in the derby at Old Trafford.
That match took place on March 8, 2020.
The Red Devils took the lead through Anthony Martial on the half-hour mark.
Man United’s victory was wrapped up deep into second-half injury time when Scott McTominay scored a second from long range.
Martial & McTominay fire the Reds to derby win | Manchester United 2-0 Man City | Premier League
Watch the match highlights from the Manchester derby on March 8.
37 Covid-19 deaths linked to Manchester United vs Man City
A recent report from data consultancy company, Edge Health, in May looked into the impact of staging the Manchester derby and subsequently deaths from Covid-19.
As reported in the Guardian, Edge Health have found that at least 37 Covid-19 deaths have been linked to the United versus City match.
Previously, the Sunday Times revealed that at least 41 Covid-19 deaths have been sourced to Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid match in the Champions League on May 11.
The Guardian have reported:
(Edge Health) analysed the number of people dying at the hospitals closest to Anfield, Cheltenham racecourse and Old Trafford, where 76,000 people watched Manchester United play Manchester City on 8 March.
They found that 35 days later, each had had approximately 40 more Covid-19-related deaths than comparable hospitals nearby.
Data from the Guardian & Edge Health
Both the Guardian and Edge Health have provided graphics to illustrate how many Covid-19 deaths have been linked to the Liverpool vs Atletico game and the Manchester derby.
What were the UK’s Covid-19 stats when Manchester United played Man City?
Unlike the Liverpool vs Atletico game, which was heavily criticised at the time for going ahead, there was little to no suggestion that the Man United vs Man City game should be postponed at the time.
On March 8, Reuters issued the following update on the Covid-19 cases in the UK:
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose by 30% to 273, the government said on Sunday, and a third person who tested positive for the virus has died.
The Department of Health and Social Care said the number of cases had risen by 64 from Saturday, the biggest one-day increase so far. The largest concentration of cases is in London, which has had 51.