With a princely Kevin De Bruyne (doubled and help out) and a greedy Riyad Mahrez (two goals), Manchester City leader let his neighbor United (4-1) bleed to regain full confidence. Just like on the outward journey, the step was too high for the Red Devils†
Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
Goals: De Bruyne (5and & 28and), Mahrez (68and & 90and+1) for citizens // Sancho (22and) for the Red Devils
He had never won a Manchester derby in his garden at the Etihad Stadium, nor scored at home against MU: this Sunday, in addition to recovering from a major anomaly, Kevin De Bruyne brought Manchester United all alone or nearly scuttled by a double to sign in the first period before dropping a pie to Riyad Mahrez before the break. His Algerian teammate even offered himself two pawns in the second period, and the red ship sank (4-1) after cheating for less than 45 minutes. Before his discovery of the big fish Pep Guardiola, Ralf Rangnick suffered his first loss at the head of his new team, which was knocked out of the top 4 by Arsenal. While the leader sky blue maintain their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Telles and Wan-Bissaka, Death Row
Cristiano injured on the hip, Raphaël Varane Covidé, MU did not show up to the neighbors in evening dress. City quietly took up their mark with a Jack Grealish about to draw 90 very consistent minutes, and also planted his guest on his first chance, a cross from Bernardo Silva that went strangely across the surface to the left foot of Kevin De Bruyne to be found, popping up in front of Alex Telles, off screen (1-0.5and†† While the Red Devils head already under water, Fred almost scored a real striker, but stumbled on Ederson (9 .)and† The watchmaker De Bruyne almost did it again (17and), but it was on the other side that the nets shook in the middle of the first act: booed every time the ball was taken by the crowd resident and well served by Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho came out of his box by signing a nice post that returned against the course of the game (1-1, 22and††
88 – Kevin De Bruyne was directly involved in 88 goals in his 100 Premier League home games for Manchester City and Chelsea combined (37 goals, 51 assists). Power. pic.twitter.com/QE4ctfj3r0
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United’s outburst didn’t last long: after he – almost in spite of himself – struck the bar with his head (25and), Phil Foden sowed terror in the area, and at the end of the pee battle, KDB doubled his score close by (2-1, 28and†† A loss of the ball from the pick even ensured that the De Bruyne-Foden duo could almost put a layer on the counter (40and) and Riyad Mahrez took off his invisibility cloak to put David de Gea to work (45and†
100 – Riyad Mahrez has scored his 20th goal in all competitions this season, while his goal today takes him to 100 goals for Manchester City (59 goals and 41 assists). Silky smooth. pic.twitter.com/HY7WvQiBAN
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MU didn’t take the water as quickly on the restart, despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s micro-nap, and continued to respond in fits and starts with their weapons. But after twenty minutes of resistance, De Bruyne controlled a corner on Mahrez’s left foot from a distance, and the Algerian let his magic do the work (3-1, 68and†† In addition, the former Leicester found the gloves of De Gea (73and), after which João Cancelo made the show (81and), and İlkay Gündoğan missed the target (89and), in a terribly one-sided endgame. The penalty came from Mahrez, also author of a second pawn, which was in effect after leaving the extreme limit of offside (4-1, 90and+1)† Manchester City may not be champions yet, but they are still far too high for the other club in the city.
City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo – Bernardo, Rodri, De Bruyne (c) (Gündoğan, 80and) – Mahrez, Foden, Grealish. Coach: Pep Guardiola.
United (4-2-3-1): De Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire (c), Telles – McTominay, Fred – Elanga (Lingard, 64and), Pogba (Rashford, 64and), Sancho – B. Fernandes. Coach: Ralph Rannick.
By Jeremy Baron