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Lukaku goes down, Martial converts penalty for Man United

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a deserved 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, but more important for the fans will be the win over their rivals. David Silva fired them into a 12th-minute lead, which was doubled by Sergio Aguero in the second half. United threatened a comeback from Anthony Martial's penalty, but Ilkay Gundogan finished it with a coolly taken third in the final five minutes.


A first home Manchester derby victory at the Etihad Stadium in four years and one that moves them 12 points clear of their bitter rivals -- potentially killing off any hopes United had of winning the title, just four months into the season. And they showed their fighting qualities to do it. City's nerve was severely tested against a side that has been building a reputation for unlikely comebacks -- starting with that shock reversal at City's stadium six months ago that could have left Pep Guardiola's players scarred.


The threat of a comeback should never been on, with City comfortably the better side for the first 58 minutes. United never really threatened to score and the penalty was a gift when Ederson upended Romelu Lukaku. Guardiola will want him to continue coming for balls, but his goalkeeper has to be more careful after giving away spot kicks in successive Premier League games.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Guardiola's big call was to pick Riyad Mahrez ahead of Leroy Sane and, while it wasn't obviously a wrong decision, the Germany winger looked more of a threat when he came on. He made his biggest change with 15 minutes remaining when he replaced the shattered Aguero with Gundogan and it worked out to be a brilliantly shrewd decision.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Ederson, 6 -- It could have been a nervy rematch for the Brazilian after he made a couple of errors in last season's derby turnaround. He remained cool with his feet but rushed out to give away a penalty for a second successive week, offering United a lifeline.

DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Up against United's in-form danger man in Martial, but the winger had little joy and the England international had more of the ball at his feet -- mostly keeping it simple.

DF John Stones, 8 -- He has always been technically good but has become more defensively solid this season. Another 90 minutes that will help build up his reputation that he is up for the fight in demanding games.

DF Aymeric Laporte, 8 -- Another strong display at the heart of the defence, where he shut down Marcus Rashford's threat on the counter-attack. Always looked comfortable with the ball, although a 30-yard strike seemed over-ambitious.

DF Benjamin Mendy, 6 -- For such an ebullient character, he has lost a bit of confidence in recent weeks after a couple of sticky matches. But he grew into the game and got forward well.

MF Fernandinho, 9 -- Had to get down and dirty with the robust Marouane Fellaini and never shirked a challenge. And when he was given time on the ball, he cut open the United defence with his clever passing.

MF Bernardo Silva, 8 -- Demanded the ball constantly and terrified the United defenders with his ability to beat a man or play a killer pass. A couple of slack moments had Guadiola slapping his thigh in frustration.

MF David Silva, 8 -- Three goals in three successive home games underlines that the Spaniard is playing some of the best football of his career. His movement and quickness of thought were too much for the visitors.

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FW Riyad Mahrez, 7 -- His first Manchester derby and showed his quality in flashes. A great nutmeg bamboozled Luke Shaw and he should have looked to beat the full-back more often.

FW Sergio Aguero, 9 -- Newly blond, his work rate was even more impressive than his goal. The striker worked tirelessly chasing across the front line and smashed in a goal to became the joint fifth-highest goal scorer in Manchester derbies.

FW Raheem Sterling, 6 -- City looked a big threat down the left-hand side, but Sterling wasn't able to take advantage as he has done in recent weeks. Still needs to shed some of his nerves on the really big occasions.


FW Leroy Sane, 7 -- Offered a big threat when he came on and made Ashley Young even more uncomfortable.

MF Ilkay Gundogan, N/R -- Came on to help City see out the final 15 minutes and was clinical in the decisive moment.

MF Phil Foden, N/R -- An injury-time introduction for the Stockport-born youngster.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points on Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday at the Etihad.

1. City assert superiority over United

Manchester City asserted their dominance over Manchester United by returning to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against their neighbours at the Etihad. Having lost top spot earlier in the day following Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Fulham at Anfield, City held off a brief second-half United fightback to claim all three points.

David Silva's 12th-minute opener, after Raheem Sterling had exposed Ashley Young on the City left, gave the home side an early advantage that they rarely looked like surrendering against a United team weakened by the absence of injured midfielder Paul Pogba. When City doubled their lead through Sergio Aguero on 48 minutes, Pep Guardiola's team looked set to record an emphatic victory over a poor United.

But Anthony Martial's equaliser from the penalty spot on 57 minutes, after substitute Romelu Lukaku had been fouled by goalkeeper Ederson, gave United a flicker of hope. It was always a faint chance that United would find a way back into the game, however, due to the lack of ambition and creativity in Jose Mourinho's team.

And City claimed a third to record the winning margin that their performance deserved when Ilkay Gundogan scored four minutes from full-time.

2. Mourinho's caution holds United back

Jose Mourinho is never going to be a coach who throws caution to the wind, but his starting lineup for this game gave City the encouragement to push United back from the outset.

Mourinho had picked a team to defend and play for a point. The loss of Pogba to injury did not help Mourinho, but by picking a midfield of Nemaja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, he denied his team any kind of attacking flair.

The front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were basically asked to hurt City with their pace, but they were often too far detached from the rest of the team to make use of their attributes. Whenever they had the ball, there were huge gaps behind them and City were able to snuff out every United attack for the first hour of the game.

Pogba would have given United the ability to stretch the game, but without the Frenchman, Mourinho could have given his team more adventure and ambition by selecting Juan Mata. The Spaniard is often overlooked by Mourinho, but he can hold the ball, find gaps for his attacking teammates and provide the kind of invention that the starting team was so obviously lacking.


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The lack of a truly world-class creative player in the United squad stands out when they are up against a quality opponent like City, but Mata is the best that they have and he should be used more often.

3. Fernandinho proving irreplaceable for City

Fernandinho is 34 next May and his age has left Manchester City scouring the globe for a suitable replacement. But City's scouts have so far failed to find a player capable of replacing one of the most important cogs in Guardiola's team.

City made a move for Fred last January, only to miss out on the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder following his decision to make a summer move to Manchester United instead. Fred's slow start to life at Old Trafford has suggested that City had a lucky escape by missing out on the Brazilian because he is certainly no Fernandinho.

Fernandinho, who also made the move from Shakhtar, is the man who makes City tick. He is an accomplished destroyer, a player not shy when it comes to making the kind of tactical fouls that enable City to break up play and regroup. But Fernandinho is also more than adept at launching City attacks and breaking forward to test the opposition in the final third.

N'Golo Kante gets many plaudits as being the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League, but Fernandinho is equally impressive, and he has been doing it consistently for City since arriving more than five years ago.

Manchester City moved back to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday, overtaking Liverpool who beat Fulham earlier in the day.

David Silva gave City the lead early on when he smashed in from close range following Bernardo Silva's cut back across the area. Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 just after half time with a ferocious strike into the roof of the net from inside the area.

Anthony Martial pulled one back from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 but United never really looked like repeating their comeback from last season, when they won 3-2 from 2-0 down at the Etihad. Ilkay Gundogan made the game safe four minutes from time when he beat the offside trap to tuck past David De Gea.

United missed Paul Pogba through injury and offered little in attack in the first half, with Marcus Rashford a frustrated figure through the middle.

Jose Mourinho, in his 300th Premier League match as a manager, brought Romelu Lukaku on before the hour mark and he was involved straight away, winning a penalty when he was brought down by Ederson.

Martial stepped up and sent Ederson the wrong way to continue his good form in front of goal but despite the introduction of Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez, United could not find a way back level and Gundogan finished things off late on with a goal following a 44-pass move. City moved 12 points clear of United with the win, with Jose Mourinho's men seven points off the top four.

Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0 in controversial circumstances at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah's first half opener coming 14 seconds after Aleksandar Mitrovic's header was ruled out for offside. Replays showed the decision was extremely close and Salah punished Fulham shortly after.

Xherdan Shaqiri doubled the lead in the second half with a well-taken volley from Andrew Robertson's cross to leave Fulham firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

Arsenal's run without a league win stretched to four matches with a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves.

Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolves a surprise early lead on 13 minutes when he found the bottom right corner from Raul Jimenez's pass.

Arsenal struggled in the first half with Mesut Ozil the only player creating a chance of note. Wolves were heading for a memorable victory but Henrikh Mkhitaryan snatched a draw with a long range strike four minutes from time.

Chelsea and Everton could not be separated in a lively goalless draw at Stamford Bridge as Maurizo Sarri made it 12 matches unbeaten in the Premier League.

The draw meant Sarri set a new managerial record for the best unbeaten run from the start of a Premier League career.

It could have been even better for the Blues but Jordan Pickford did well to deny Marcos Alonso on the volley in the first half and Alonso hit the post after the break.

Chelsea remained unbeaten but dropped points for only the third time this season as Everton earned a 0-0 draw in a frantic and physical game at Stamford Bridge, more memorable for fouls than chances.


Maurizio Sarri's unbeaten start goes on and Chelsea played isolated pockets of exhilarating one-touch football against Everton, with Eden Hazard in particular looking closer to the man who dominated the first three months of the Premier League season.


Chelsea's loss of control -- both in terms of possession and discipline -- in the face of Everton's intelligent and aggressive high pressing will alarm Sarri. Jorginho could and perhaps should have been sent off, and better teams will make Chelsea pay dearly for such defensive lapses.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- Sarri's decision to pick Mateo Kovacic ahead of Ross Barkley, presumably to tighten Chelsea's grip on possession, only partly worked. He never stopped looking for ways to win the game, though, and Hazard's bright performance was a vindication of his careful management of the Belgian's fitness.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 7 -- Not forced into regular action by a wasteful Everton side on the counter-attack, but commanded his area well and reacted well to tip Gylfi Sigurdsson's long-range shot over his bar.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 -- His battle with Bernard ebbed and flowed and he almost gifted the Brazilian a golden chance by getting drawn too close to David Luiz. Richarlison often drifted over to his flank, but Azpilicueta did well not to let several faster opponents get away from him.

DF Antonio Rudiger, 6 -- Plays with real presence these days at the heart of the Chelsea defence, and his recovery speed was important in nullifying Richarlison. His underrated passing also fell just short of making Everton pay for their high line. Got involved in a silly exchange with Bernard that got him booked.

DF David Luiz, 6 -- His sloppy passing encouraged Everton in their pressing early on and got his teammates into sticky situations. Once he settled down he handled Richarlison reasonably well, avoiding silly fouls, but this wasn't his best game of the season.

DF Marcos Alonso, 7 -- Chelsea's most dangerous attacking player for long spells. He worried Jordan Pickford with one curling free kick and forced a great save from England's No.1 with a sensational volley. Also struck the outside of the post in the second half, and supplied several dangerous crosses.

MF N'Golo Kante, 6 -- It's a wonder that anyone even attempts to dribble on a pitch being patrolled by both Kante and Idrissa Gueye, and the presence of both contributed to the fragmented nature of the game. Got an early yellow card for an uncharacteristic scythe on Richarlison but recovered well.

MF Jorginho, 5 -- Charged with setting the tempo for his team in possession, and Chelsea moved the ball too slowly for much of the first half. He was also lucky not to be sent off for a horrendous challenge on Sigurdsson. Perhaps he was feeling the effects of his midweek exertions against BATE Borisov.

MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 -- Neat and tidy on the ball, but didn't do much to justify his selection ahead of Barkley here. Didn't attack the penalty area too often and when he did, his unwillingness to use his left foot made him slightly predictable.

FW Willian, 6 -- Barely got a kick in the first half, but improved as Chelsea did in the second. Came closer than anyone to exposing Everton's high defensive line, firing one low shot just past Pickford's post and floating one dangerous cross in for Morata.

FW Alvaro Morata, 6 -- Still went to the ground too much for Stamford Bridge's liking, but it felt in keeping with the physical nature of the game. Carried a threat whenever Chelsea got the ball into good crossing positions and never stopped trying, but he gets caught offside far too often.

FW Eden Hazard, 7 -- Spent much of the first half searching for his best rhythm, but showed signs in the second that he is almost fully back. Sarri's decision to move him more central tilted the game in Chelsea's favour and when he didn't test Pickford himself, his creation caused panic in the Everton defence.


MF Cesc Fabregas , 6 -- Replaced the tiring and booked Jorginho on 64 minutes and almost played a couple of decisive passes in the final third. The defensive risk in putting him at the base of midfield didn't come to pass here.

FW Pedro, 6 -- Never got an opportunity to showcase his lethal finishing in the final 22 minutes of the game.

MF Ross Barkley, N/R -- Came on with eight minutes remaining, having been booked and jeered mercilessly by the travelling Everton fans as he warmed up, and could not find a way to make the kind of decisive impact he did as a substitute against Manchester United.