Manchester City moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a comfortable 4-1 derby win over neighbors Manchester United. City took the honors in what was the 50th Premier League contest between these two rivals.
Pep Guardiola’s side were on a different level to Ralf Rangnick’s men – who had David De Gea to thank for preventing the scoreline from being embarrassing.
A brace from Kevin de Bruyne was separated by a Jadon Sancho equalizer, before Riyad Mahrez wrapped up the three points with a delightful brace as Pep Guardiola gave Ralf Rangnick a sour first taste of a Manchester derby.
United were brave in their approach, especially in the first half: a 4-2-2-2 shape that was fluid and transitioned into a 4-2-3-1 saw Pogba play as a central striker at times as his and Fernandes’ “deep runs“, as Guardiola puts it, gave the league leaders something to think about, but they were much the inferior side after the break.
City looked revitalized, with Grealish and De Bruyne at the fore of it. United were level before the 20-minute mark as they countered through Sancho – whose every touch was booed by the home fans following his decision to quit the club earlier in his career. He cut inside the box to curl home brilliantly beyond Ederson.
Pep Guardiola’s side now sit six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, while Man United remain outside the Champions League places after being knocked down to fifth by Arsenal earlier in the day.