Manchester City took the advantage in the race for the Premier League title with an impressive second half against derby rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford to walk away with a convincing 0-2 win and more importantly the three league points.
With only 9 points now remaining Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City know nothing of the victory was required to knock Liverpool off top spot and take charge of their own destiny.
In a goalless first 45 minutes City seemed to be cautious at times although still looking the superior outfit only to over complicate things at times which saw their few real chances missed however, it was the second half that they started to move through the gears as their class shown, opening up the United defence at ease.
Despite the increased tempo it was the introduction of German international Leroy Sane (pictured) that proved the catalyst to the win after replacing the injured Fernandinho he gave City the extra edge as they piled on the pressure!
With Sane causing issues for the United defence, it was the magnificent Bernardo Silva who opened the scoring with a rocketing low shot that flew past United Keeper David de Gea with easy as the Spanish international looked like he was wearing concreate boots!
From their City never looked back, with all memories of last years defeat gone, the blues attacked at every opportunity and very quickly doubled their lead, this time it was Sane on the end of a well worked team play.
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the honeymoon period has differently bust as they looked to over come the 4-0 hammering by Everton at the weekend, the gulf in class between the two rivals was obvious for all to see, even in the first half. even more apparent was De Gea continued fall from grace as he had a questionable in both goals added to his other blunders of recent week’s he is light years away from being the keeper who once had such a glittering reputation.
Slightly worrying for United fans was Solskjaer’s comment’s post game as the Norwegian spoke to the BBC he said;
“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].”
The only solace from the night was news of Arsenal’s defeat at Watford meaning United still have a slim chance of making the top four, but with Chelsea up next and Solskjaer’s squad has some real sole searching to do over the next few days.
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