Manchester City outclasses city rival Manchester United to top EPL

Tanya Simon
November 12, 2018

United allowed City plenty of possession, but against the champions, it's risky tactic and with only 12 minutes on the clock, the Reds were punished.

Mourinho may leave it until the wire to make a decision on Pogba, and there have been suggestions that Mourinho has intentionally kept Pogba separate from the rest of the squad in an attempt to confuse Man City.

In fact, he is the seventh United player to score in five consecutive games after Cantona, Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Yorke and van Persie.

Manchester City and Manchester United resume their rivalry on Sunday when the two city foes go head-to-head in Premier League play.

David Silva opened the scoring for scintillating City and Sergio Aguero added a second three minutes into the second half.

Fernandinho, who also made the move from Shakhtar, is the man who makes City tick.

The City striker took the ball to the edge of the box, played a one-two with Riyad Mahrez before firing a powerful angled drive past De Gea for his 11th of the season. The Brazillian goalkeeper came out at substitute Lukaku in a flurry and caught the forward to give away a second penalty in two weeks before Anthony Martial converted from the spot.

"I can just imagine when the result was 2-1 to bring a fresh Fellaini to the pitch", said Mourinho.

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In a system quite similar to Liverpool, Sergio Aguero often drops deep to collect the ball as more of a number ten than a number nine. It was always a faint chance that United would find a way back into the game, however, due to the lack of ambition and creativity in Jose Mourinho's team.

Pep Guardiola's side are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and two points ahead of title challengers Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.

Tireless shift by the City play-maker who claimed an assist for the first and third goals was involved in the second, too. "We played like we don't want to lose the ball, but not the intention to attack or do something".

"I am just sorry we don't play the next match soon and have to wait 13 days for that, but we are improving, we are together and go together until the end".

"We felt a bit of pressure because they want to do well in a derby, so that is normal".

"For different reasons we missed Paul but that doesn't mean with Paul we win the game so it is not an excuse". We were stable, we scored one goal, the first 15 minutes was good and after that we didn't press so well.

United's first match back after the global break comes at home to Crystal Palace.

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