Manchester City were too good for rivals Manchester United as they won 3-1 in Sunday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium.
City dominated the early stages and took the lead through David Silva in the 12th minute, before Sergio Aguero’s fine strike from an acute angle in the 48th minute put them two up and seemingly in control.
Anthony Martial then pulled one back from the spot, but the champions regained their two-goal advantage with four minutes remaining as sub Ilkay Gundogan controlled brilliantly and slotted home from close range after United fell asleep at the back.
Raheem Sterling’s fine cross to the back post was kept alive by Bernardo Silva, Aguero looked to be hauled to the ground by Chris Smalling, but as referee Anthony Taylor let play go on, Silva squeezed home right-footed from eight yards.
It felt like the floodgates would open, but United restricted City to few chances before the break, even if their defensive efforts restricted any attacking bite.
The second did come, just three minutes into the second half, as United lost the ball in midfield and allowed Aguero a run at Victor Lindelof. After a lovely one-two with Riyad Mahrez, Aguero thundered one over David De Gea from a tight angle to the right of goal.
The visitors struggled to create much thereafter, and City wrapped it up in the 86th minute as Bernardo Silva’s cross caught United napping, allowing Gundogan to take the ball down and turn past David de Gea following a 44-pass move, the most in the Premier League since September 2015.