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Man Utd 0-2 Man City: Champions win derby to go top of table

Bernardo Silva & Leroy Sane celebrate
Bernardo Silva (left) has scored eight league goals this season

Manchester City struck an important blow in their pursuit of a second successive Premier League title with a convincing derby victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola's side knew anything but a win would leave Liverpool at the top of the table and in charge of their own destiny with only three games left.

City were anxious in a goalless first 45 minutes but turned up the heat after the break to take them one point clear at the top of the table.

They have played the same number of games as Liverpool, performing with control and composure to eventually outclass United.

Bernardo Silva's low drive went inside United keeper David de Gea's near post after 54 minutes and the keeper was at fault again when Leroy Sane's drive went straight through him.

Liverpool must now respond at home to relegated Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Friday, while City travel to Burnley on Sunday.

City's players showed nerve as well as quality to come through what many felt would be their toughest assignment between now and the end of this enthralling title campaign.

They could have been forgiven for fearing the worst after a goalless first half in which they were superior but saw chances get away and also demonstrated a tendency to over-elaborate.

Instead, they moved through the gears after the break to run out easy winners in front of their jubilant fans, who clearly recognised the significance of winning this game in hand to move ahead of Liverpool and stay in control of their own destiny.

Sane's introduction after Fernandinho's injury gave City extra cutting edge but it was the magnificent Silva who made the breakthrough when his low shot went past the pedestrian De Gea.

City never looked back, although in truth they barely had a moment's trouble defensively all night.

Sane's second - proving again what an attacking weapon he is - merely gave the scoreline a greater air of reality and the closing stages resembled a training exercise as City kept possession and United chased shadows.

Guardiola and his players celebrated at the final whistle after their second big win after edging past Spurs on Saturday. Two big questions. Two big answers from Manchester City.

The biggest question of all - who will be champions? - remains to be answered, but at least City know it remains in their hands.

Race for the Premier League title
DateLiverpool fixturesDateMan City fixtures
26 AprilHuddersfield (H)28 AprilBurnley (A)
4 MayNewcastle (A)6 MayLeicester (H)
12 MayWolves (H)12 MayBrighton (A)

Man Utd look lost

If United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were looking for a crumb of comfort from a chastening night, it was that they at least performed with a little more respectability than when they were trounced 4-0 at Everton on Sunday.

And that was about it.

In every other respect, the flaws which make the gulf in class between these two clubs so huge was brutally exposed by City.

United were outmanoeuvred in all areas of the pitch, with De Gea's current decline emphasised by his questionable role in both goals.

Whether it is ongoing contract negotiations or a malaise from this troubled season at Old Trafford, De Gea is light years away from the keeper who had earned such a glittering reputation.

United sank fast after City went ahead, Old Trafford a sea of thousands of empty red seats as City went through their party pieces to close out the win.

Paul Pogba was again poor, even suffering the ignominy of losing a straight aerial challenge to the diminutive Raheem Sterling, while Fred had a nightmare alongside him.

City supporters responded to the Stretford End chants of "Ole's At The Wheel" with "The Wheels Are Falling Off", although United are still in the hunt for a top-four place.

The away fans had a point after United's seventh defeat in nine games in all competitions and are now without a clean sheet in 12 games, their worst record since August 1971.

United are currently not even in City's shadow and the scale of the task facing Solskjaer is becoming ever more stark with each defeat.

Man of the match - Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva covered more ground than any other player at Old Trafford - 12.2km - as he scored his 14th goal of the season in all competitions, his best return.

'They are the best team in the country' - what they said

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, speaking to BBC Sport: "We play with a lot of pressure. They were playing for Champions League qualification. After their 4-0 defeat by Everton, we knew their players would be committed.

"We lost some balls in the middle of the pitch in the first half and they had counter-attacks. We did well to win the game in the second half. Fortunately we made an incredible second half."

Could Fernandinho have played on? "Maybe but he had a problem at half-time in both legs. When he went down we made the change. I thought of putting Leroy Sane in - left foot on the left and right foot on the right. He helped us a lot.

"We increased the level for the Premier League last season with 100 points. That's the level.

"Liverpool are chasing. What they have done is incredible but it's in our hands. Going to Burnley will be tough and trying to play our game."

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Guardiola praises Man City's 'incredible' second half

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, speaking to BBC Sport: "We got a great reaction from the players and the supporters.

"You could see from the first minute that they wanted to show the crowd, who were incredible again.

"The first half was decent. We held our own and created chances with some efforts. Going into half-time, we know there was a lot of work to be done, but they won deservedly because they had too much for us.

"They are the best team in the country. They have set the standard in the last two seasons and I don't know how many points they've taken.

"What Pep Guardiola has done with his players is remarkable and we are so close to it - in the vicinity - so we feel it every day.

"We are disappointed but you can look at yourself and say we gave everything.

"We need to do that tomorrow and the next day. It's about doing everything you can to close it [the gap]."

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Man Utd 0-2 Man City: City are standard United have to get to - Solskjaer

Man City break scoring record - the stats

  • Manchester City have won seven away Premier League against Manchester United at Old Trafford, more than any other team.
  • United have now lost seven of their past nine games in all competitions (W2 D0 L7), after losing only one of their first 17 under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (W14 D2 L1).
  • City have scored 157 goals in all competitions this season - the most by an English top-flight side in a single season.
  • City boss Pep Guardiola is the first manager to win three consecutive away Premier League matches at Old Trafford against United and only the third to win three away matches there, along with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Liverpool's Gerard Houllier.
  • United are without a clean sheet in 12 consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since August 1971.
  • In combining for the second goal, Leroy Sane (10 goals, 10 assists) and Raheem Sterling (17 goals, 10 assists) both reached 10 goals and 10 assists in the league this season. The only other player to do so is Chelsea's Eden Hazard.
  • This is the 28th time the Premier League lead has changed hands at the end of a day, the joint-most in a season (equal with 2001-02).
  • Vincent Kompany received his 10th yellow card in the Manchester derby in the Premier League, becoming the third player to receive 10 bookings in a single Premier League fixture (also Jamie Carragher in Liverpool v Man Utd, and Mark Noble in Tottenham v West Ham).

What's next?

City travel to Burnley on Sunday at 14:05 BST, while United face Chelsea at Old Trafford at 16:30.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 18Young
  • 36DarmianSubstituted forSánchezat 83'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23ShawBooked at 89mins
  • 15PereiraBooked at 24minsSubstituted forLukakuat 72'minutes
  • 17Fred
  • 6Pogba
  • 10Rashford
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMartialat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Mata
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Martial
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Romero
  • 31Matic

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 4KompanyBooked at 10mins
  • 14Laporte
  • 35ZinchenkoBooked at 26mins
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forDaniloat 89'minutes
  • 25FernandinhoSubstituted forSanéat 51'minutes
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 89'minutes
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 19Sané
  • 26Mahrez
  • 30Otamendi
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
74,431

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 0, Manchester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Manchester City 2.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Offside, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Danilo replaces Ilkay Gündogan because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.

Booking

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Alexis Sánchez replaces Matteo Darmian.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Jesse Lingard.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).

Hand ball by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku replaces Andreas Pereira.

Attempt missed. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Fred.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 0, Manchester City 2. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling following a fast break.

Offside, Manchester City. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Leroy Sané is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Chris Smalling (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by David Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 0, Manchester City 1. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Fernandinho because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernandinho (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City35292489226789
2Liverpool35277179205988
3Tottenham352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal35206969462366
6Man Utd35197963501364
7Wolves35149124443151
8Watford35148135050050
9Everton35147145044649
10Leicester35146154847148
11West Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff3594223065-3531
19Fulham3565243376-4323
20Huddersfield3535272069-4914
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