Man United 1 Man City 2: Mourinho Handing Guardiola The Title Too Early
Otamendi scored the winner for Manchester City after Rashford's equalizer cancelled out Silva's early strike
Jose Mourinho might have handed Guardiola the title too soon after losing to Manchester City in derby to end his long unbeaten run at Old Trafford.
Nicolas Otamendi was the surprise hero as Manchester City secured a 2-1 derby win over Manchester United to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The Argentina defender struck in the second half after Marcus Rashford cancelled out David Silva’s opener, ensuring a record-equalling 14th win in a row in the top flight for Pep Guardiola’s side. Much had been made before the game of City’s vulnerability from set-pieces and it was a curious quirk of fate to see them triumph at Old Trafford for the second year in a row by virtue of two dead-ball situations. United took a 40-game unbeaten home run, including a 100 per cent record this season, into the match, but City were the dominant force from the outset and deserved the lead Silva secured in the 43rd minute.
Marcus Rashford capitalised on some slack defending to draw United level, but the hosts were punished for failing to clear the lines again nine minutes after the break, as Otamendi finished in style. United were denied twice at the death by Ederson and the result leaves them with a daunting gap to their neighbours, who look to be on an unstoppable march towards the title after only 16 matches, with Guardiola also enjoying the bragging rights over Jose Mourinho.
Key Facts: – Manchester City have won their last 14 league games in a row – the most by a team in a single English top-flight season. Highlights: http://v.duta.us/OyJcgwAA