Man City claim derby spoils at Old Trafford

Manchester City went one point clear at the top of the Premiership standings with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

United more than matched their City rivals in the opening exchanges. In the 12th minute, a shot was blocked on the edge of the box but momentum remained with the hosts as Paul Pogba cut inside from the left and unleashed a shot down the middle, which Ederson kept out with a routine save.

Five minutes later, Jesse Lingard's volley sailed narrowly wide after an exquisite ball over the top from Pogba. Two minutes later, Bernardo Silva's fierce drive brought the best out of David de Gea after being teed up by David Silva.

In the 23rd minute, Marcus Rashford came close with a stinging long-range strike that went inches over the crossbar.

City gradually wrested back control of the game and Raheem Sterling had the best chance of the match shortly before the interval. David Silva passed the ball into the feet of Sergio Aguero, who laid it off for Sterling. The England winger knocked it past three players, stayed on his feet and got a shot away from eight yards, which lacked any sort of power.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute. Bernardo Silva took Ilkay Gundogan's pass in his stride, carried the ball into the box and beat De Gea at his near post.

A couple of minutes after opening the scoring, Aguero curled an effort against the outside of the post from 20 yards out following some impressive link-up play in the final third.

Soon after, Lingard missed a sitter after Rashford had crossed in to the box with Vincent Kompany failing to clear his lines.

Pep Guardiola's men doubled their lead in the 66th minute. Fred gave the ball away as Sterling led the counter-attack. The winger found Leroy Sane, who blasted the ball right at De Gea. It looked like being a simple one for the keeper to deal with, but he could not keep it out with his leg and it ended up in the back of the net.

Lingard had a chance to pull a goal back in the 76th minute when Lukaku's effort was parried by Ederson in to his path, but the England winger could not sort out his feet quick enough.

In the end, City saw out the game comfortably and fully deserved their win.

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