Manchester Derby Win Sends City Back to Summit

Second-half goals form Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane gave Manchester City a 2-0 derby triumph over Manchester United as Pep Guardiola’s men edged back ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race. 

Following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the United XI and he was rewarded with an enterprising first-half display. 
But PFA Player of the Year nominee Silva broke the deadlock in the 54th minute and Sane gave the off-colour David de Gea another moment to forget 12 minutes later. 
City are a point ahead of Liverpool, knowing victories in their final three games will guarantee back-to-back titles and complete two-thirds of an unprecedented domestic treble. 
Jesse Lingard volleyed wide from Paul Pogba’s exquisite 16th-minute pass as an end-to-end contest began to develop – De Gea beating away Silva’s rasping drive before United sprung up the field and Marcus Rashford was denied by an alert Ederson. 
City gradually found their poise as half-time approached, with De Gea thwarting Raheem Sterling at the end of a deft move in the United box. 
Fernandinho hobbled off injured after making a brilliant tackle on Pogba early in the second half. 
Sane’s introduction meant Ilkay Gundogan dropping back to the base of the midfield and Silva dropping into a central role, and the two men combined in their new positions as the Portugal international caught out De Gea at his near post. 
Sergio Aguero then hit a rasping shot against the outside of the same upright but Lingard passed up a chance to level when Rashford’s bouncing ball across goal evaded Vincent Kompany and the England midfielder. 
Sterling’s charge around Fred to tee up Sane was the nerve-settling moment City required and United’s earlier verve evaporated as a result.
 

 

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