Gulf grows: Man City 12 pts clear of United with derby win

Tanya Simon
November 12, 2018

"Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four", said Mourinho.

United have shipped 21 goals so far this season while Manchester City and Liverpool have only conceded five each.

But that includes the last one when United came from 2-0 down to stun the Etihad in a 3-2 victory that robbed City of the extra satisfaction of sealing the title against their rivals.

"We had some ups and downs in our relationship and, just before he left [Barcelona], he said something that really hurt me", Alves said.

DF Victor Lindelof, 6 - Did not give the ball away once in the first half but lost Aguero when the Argentinian striker blasted the home side into a 2-0 lead just after half-time. They could have gone under again when Sergio Aguero doubled the lead but bounced back nearly immediately with Martial's penalty. The important thing is we are consistent.

The hosts quickly broke upfield as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold freed Mohamed Salah to score his eighth goal of the season.

To put that into context, 89th-minute substitute Phil Foden completed seven passes during his time on the field. The likes of Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini are unable to play the sexy football that City's star make look so easy.

"I'm completely happy", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told reporters.

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They often say that you can prove anything with stats, on Sunday they proved that United just weren't very good.

United have at least shown some resilience in recent weeks, coming from behind to beat Newcastle, Bournemouth and most impressively Italian champions Juventus in midweek. "We had to work hard and we won it".

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season but it was the Citizens that shortened in the victor market after success in the Manchester derby.

Chelsea, in 2005, and Leicester City's quite remarkable title success of 2016 are also on there, as are Arsenal's 2001-02 champions.

Tireless shift by the City play-maker who claimed an assist for the first and third goals was involved in the second, too.

"I like a lot when he played", Guardiola said.

The Reds effectively sealed the points with Xherdan Shaqiri's neat second half finish, meaning Liverpool's 30 points tally after 12 games equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season.

"Not many teams have better players than PSG, but they need to understand the competition they are playing in". It means United have a negative goal difference (-1) after 12 games for the first time in 41 years.

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