Joint Premier league leaders Manchester United were lucky to come away from Anfield with a 0-0 draw in Saturdays early kick off against Liverpool.
In a game in which Jurgen Klopps side peppered the United goal, with 19 efforts on target, while United benefited from a combination of Liverpool’s poor finishing and United keeper David De Gea being in outstanding form, with one World class save deigning Joel Matip, with his out stretched foot. At the other end Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet had a somewhat easier day at the office, with United’s Romelu Lukaku only real effort forcing a save. Despite Liverpool dominating for most of the game, their form in front of goal as seen them win one of their last 8 games, while this may have been United’s worse performance of the season so far, they still remind in second place as one of the two teams still undefeated.
With United only taking a point away from Anfield, their cross-city rivals Manchester City took their chance to move clear at the top of the Premier League with a 7- 2 demolition of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.
Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was in world class form, walking away with two assists and possible the pass of the season so far for Cities 2nd of the day.
Gabriel Jesus continued his fine form to open the scoring before, Sterling added the 2nd after excellent work De Bruyne and Sane. Sterling then turned provider to find David Silva who made it 3-0. Against all the run of play Diouf’s deflected shot a minute before the break got the visitors on the score board but the half was all about Man City.
Two minutes into the second half and it looked like a shock come back was on the cards as Diouf’s header hit City defender Kyle Walker on the leg, which hit the inside of the post and beat City keeper Ederson to make it 3-2. However, normality was returned shortly after when Gabriel Jesus blasted in his 2nd of the day, before Fernandinho added his name to the score sheet in spectacular fashion with a 25-yard rocket of a shot to make it 5-2. Next up Sane benefited from some De Bruyne magic to make it six, before Bernardo Silva finished the route come off the bench to net the seventh.
The result means they have now scored 29 times in their first 8 premier league games and opened up a two point gap at the top.
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