Man City outclass United as Silva, Aguero and Gundogan seal derby victory

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 no dice 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News Manchester United were second best But Ilkay Gundogan gave Pep Guardiola’s men the margin of victory they deserved after completing a stunning 44-pass move late-on.The hosts move back to the top of the Premier League table after Liverpool had briefly overtaken them, and in truth, it’s difficult to see them anywhere else come the end of the season.City asserted an early control and fashioned a chance for Bernardo Silva, who fired wide from a cutting Fernandinho pass, before United had even touched the ball.They upped the pace even further and David Silva got behind the United defence only for Aguero – sporting a new blond hairstyle – to miskick in front of goal and Fernandinho drive wide.The opener came after 12 minutes as Raheem Sterling’s deep cross was kept in play by Bernardo Silva and pulled back for David Silva to take a touch and fire home from close range, via a deflection. BEST OF MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED City threatened more as Bernardo Silva had an effort blocked and Ander Herrera twice invited trouble as he was robbed of possession by Sterling and then Aguero. On the first occasion he got back to recover the ball and, on the second, he was spared by an Aguero slip.United eventually began to settle and tighten up but it was some time before they had even half a chance as Chris Smalling heading harmlessly over from a Jesse Lingard cross.Some good play from the visitors presented Martial with an opening in the box but Fernandinho made a timely challenge.City stirred back into life after a quiet spell just before the interval as Bernardo Silva fed Aguero and the Argentinian drove into the side-netting.That proved a sighter for Aguero, who doubled City’s lead three minutes into the second half following a lightning attack.Jesee Lingard failed to control a David De Gea pass on halfway and Fernandinho was quickly onto the ball to set City on the attack. Aguero burst forward and played a one-two with Riyad Mahrez before unleashing a ferocious shot into the top corner. 3 Manchester City celebrate their second goal huge blow The game was far from over, however, as United boss Jose Mourinho turned to his bench and sent on Lukaku just before the hour.Just 30 seconds later the Belgium international won a penalty as he went through on goal and was taken down by goalkeeper Ederson.The appointment of Wythenshawe referee Anthony Taylor to the fixture had caused some consternation among City fans but there could be little complaint with that decision. Martial sent Ederson the wrong way as he calmly stroked home the spot-kick.City responded by sending on Leroy Sane and the winger jinked across field to tee up Fernandinho but De Gea clutched the Brazilian’s long-range drive.City controlled the closing stages and their pressure eventually paid off as Bernardo Silva picked out Gundogan, who had replaced Aguero 15 minutes from time, and the German finished from close range. ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Manchester City moved 12 points ahead of their neighbours Manchester United were comfortably second-best as fierce rivals City taught them a footballing lesson in the derby.David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored either side of half-time before Anthony Martial’s penalty dragged United back into the game. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img