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Soccer: Smooth Man City outclass United with 3-1 derby victory


MANCHESTER, England, November 11 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Premier League, Manchester City, won the style with a 3-1 victory against Manchester United in their derby clash on Sunday, leaving the unbeaten side of Pep Guardiola with two points Liverpool free at the top.

While a long season stays for City to prove their dominance in the Premier League, there is no doubt about who are the best dogs in the city of Manchester.

It was not until the 86th minute, when substitute Ilkay Gundogan finished a pass from 44 passes to the third of the city that the result was decided.

But when it came to the quality of his soccer, his step, movement, organization, style and individual rhythm, City was in a league different from the side of Jose Mourinho.

United now has 12 points behind City, which moved away in the eighth place, and that blowout was evident throughout this encounter where United could offer something more than determination and effort in response to the smooth and elegant screen of the champions.

David Silva sent City ahead in the 12th minute after a cross from Raheem Sterling to the left was reversed by goalkeeper by Bernardo Silva and that Spanish took time to exploit the house.

During the rest of the half, the city was comfortable in possession, trying but not threatening too much the goal of the United and apparently happy to wait for the response of the men of Mourinho.

But in just a third minute after the interval, City doubled its lead: Agüero burst down and played a clever interchange with Riyadh Mahrez, before hitting the ball, from a tight corner, going through David de Gea.

Mourinho took Romelu Lukaku to Jesse Lingard in the 57th minute and, in a matter of seconds, the Belgian striker helped recover his team.

Lukaku was knocked down inside the area by goalkeeper Ederson and French striker Anthony Martial became confident in the lead.

But it was a false dawn.

United returned from both goals to win this championship last season and showed a similar character in the Champions League victory on Juventus on Wednesday, but they did not have the tools to open City nor keep their own rear guard.

At four minutes after the end, the city won the victory, its tenth in 12 games this season, when the outstanding Bernardo Silva chose the German Gundogan in the area and the German did not make any mistake when doing the 3-1.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, edited by Pritha Sarkar and Ian Chadband)

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