Manchester is blue all over
Manchester City proved there can only be one winner in their total dominance over neighbours United at the Etihad stadium. City took control of the game right from kickoff and played some of the best football you’ll witness in the league this year. It was all a one sided affair and the champions did not hold anything back. It was almost like watching grown men play against school boys (harsh? Nope not at all!!) and the disparities between the two sides was clear for all to see.
Manchester United may argue that they were without their influential French midfielder Paul Pogba who was rested by manager Mourinho (due to injury of course). However, even if fit I’m not sure what difference he could have made against this City side (lets be honest he would’t make a difference). City were absolutely terrific from start to finish and Guardiola certainly couldn’t ask for more from his players.
The home side took the lead through Captain David Silva after Sterling and B Silva combined to create the opportunity. Aguero added a second for the champions after a neat one two with Mahrez as he riffled the ball into the back of the net on the 48th minute (De Gea had no chance). Mourinho made some changes and Lukaku was introduced into the fold and made immediate impact as he was brought down in the penalty box by the out rushing City goalkeeper. Martial continued his rich scoring form by dispatching the spot kick to give the Red devils a glimmer of hope (that was their first shot on target-disgraceful. Even Fergie looked bemused).
City’s attacking players continued to run rings around an unstable and gutless United defence and were rewarded for their relentless attacking prowess when Gundogan finished off a very fine team goal (45 passes put together WOW!!!) to end the match 3-1. Manchester City now look in pole position for the title and it would take a lot to stop them from being back to back champions.
Liverpool probably represent their closest challenge as they won 2-0 against Fulham with Mo Salah and Shaqiri providing the goals. Chelsea however, dropped points in their goalless draw at home to Everton. The Blues cannot afford to drop points at home if they are to mount any challenge against City. Meanwhile Tottenham made it 6 wins in 7 after their 1-0 victory away to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Spurs will need to play a lot better than they did if they are truly to compete this term.
Running away with the League!!