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Leaders Manchester City go 11 points clear on derby day

Leaders Manchester City go 11 points clear on derby day

A win for Jose Mourinho's side might just open the title race up again, especially after City needed late goals to scrape past Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham. I think they are lucky, they had all the decisions in their favour but Tuesday is another day in the Premier League and I am pretty sure all of us, us in second, Chelsea in third, and fourth and fifth and sixth, everyone is going to try to fight for points and try and reduce the distance.

However United were furious that they were not awarded a penalty when Ander Herrera went down under pressure from Otamendi. "In December it's impossible to be champions but it's good for us", he said.

City dominated possession at Old Trafford and looked unlikely to allow United back into the game for a second time after Otamendi's victor.

Mourinho must have feared the worst when David Silva put the visitors 1-0 up on 43 minutes but Marcus Rashford soon had United level, only for Nicolas Otamendi (at fault for United's equaliser) to restore City's lead when he seized on a mistake by Romelu Lukaku to volley past David de Gea.

"Even if you try to press, it's really hard to recover the ball, so credit to them for that quality they have in their principles of play".

Guardiola said only once had any of his teams - Barcelona, Bayern Munich or City - played better than that against United down the years, picking out Barcelona's win in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium in 2011.

"Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck", said Mourinho.

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Manchester City have broken the record for the most matches won consecutively in the English top-flight.

City's dominance was rewarded in the 43rd minute although the breakthrough was not a product of clever passing but sloppy defending from United at a set-piece.

"If City lose David Silva or Kevin De Bruyne, they are a different prospect".

But United struggled to get any of their forward players involved as City dominated possession.

He did, however, credit the visiting team for its approach as it ended United's 40-match unbeaten run at home, stretching all the way back to the derby defeat last September.

Silva whipped a free-kick into the box and Lukaku, who had a derby to forget, drove an attempted clearance into the back of team mate Chris Smalling.

"And today we have won and the comments are the same as well. People said we couldn't play the way we did in Barcelona in England but it is possible and we did it".


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