In the Mancunian derby, Manchester City largely dominated Manchester United (3-1) despite a goal by Anthony Martial. This success allowed the Citizens to regain the lead in the Championship.
The score: 3-1
Manchester City is too strong. His tenth success of the season (3-1), against a weak United, allowed him to take control of the English Championship on his own. Citizens delivered a recital. David Silva opened the scoring (12′) on a perfect service by Bernardo Silva, who illuminated the match. After a goal by Sergio Agüero (47′), his ninth in the derby, Ilkay Gundogan added the score at the end of the game (85′). Manchester United is already 12 points from its rival.
In a week, City just slapped his opponents three times. After Southampton (6-1) and the Shakhtar (6-0), United suffered the wrath of the Guardiola men. Bernardo Silva was incredible, from beginning to end. At the start of the game, he was a decisive passer on David Silva’s (12th) goal, a few minutes after being close to 1-0, on a shot that came close to the Mancunian post. Then, the Portuguese boy disgusted the middle of the Reds, deprived of Pogba.
City knows how to pick its best moments. After a big start to the game, where United only made 14 assists in 15 minutes (!), Citizens re-accelerated after the break. Sergio Agüero took advantage of Lingard’s loss of another ball to release a huge shot under the bar after a one-two with Mahrez (47′). The Argentinean scored his ninth goal in a derby.
A thrill crossed the Etihad Stadium when Martial transformed a penalty caused by Lukaku (58′). But the Frenchman, rather good, was too lonely. And City went quietly at the end of the game. Fernandinho (64′, 69′), Sterling (71′) and Sané (74′) failed to do what Gundogan, who came in, did well. That is, Knock Out United. The German took advantage of a center of Bernardo Silva to deceive Gea. City is alone at the top of the league, and United, at twelve points, can bid farewell to his title hopes.
Fact: MU orphaned from Pogba
Small surprise at the announcement of the compositions. Paul Pogba was neither in the eleven lined up by José Mourinho nor on the bench. “Paul is injured,” said his coach ahead of the game. The Manchester United midfielder played with pain against Juventus Turin on Wednesday in the champions League. He was too righteous to fight this derby, and MU suffered terribly from his absence in the middle. Bad news for Les Bleus, which Pogba is supposed to find on Monday in Clairefontaine.