- Manchester City will take some catching in the title race after victory at Manchester United
- David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi netted for Pep Guardiola’s side in a crucial victory
- City’s win puts them 11 points ahead of United, with fans declaring them champions already
- READ MORE: ‘Quality two assists from Lukaku’ – Man Utd star brutally trolled by City fans after defensive shocker
Manchester City may well have ended this season’s title race with a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford that sends them eleven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s side look out of sight now after goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi gave them a priceless three points against their nearest title challengers.
Despite Marcus Rashford’s equaliser, it was a lacklustre display from United, and from summer signing Romelu Lukaku in particular as his sloppy defending gifted City both of their goals.
Here’s how it all unfolded in today’s Manchester Derby…
Man of the match
Quite a few City players could take it, but we’re going for Spanish midfield maestro David Silva.
The 31-year-old ran the show from the middle of the park as he always does, and also helped himself to the important opening goal.
He’s done it Manchester Derbies time and time again, and Silva remains one of the most important players in this unstoppable-looking Guardiola side.
Flop of the match
There can be no hiding for United striker Romelu Lukaku, who had a shocker in arguably the biggest game of his career to date.
The Belgium international went missing, not having a touch in the opposition penalty area until the 78th minute – and that was a pretty botched first touch that saw a chance go astray as well.
Most embarrassingly, however, Lukaku was trolled by fans for giving City two assists in the game – ducking out of the way of Silva’s opener, and clearing the ball to Otamendi for the second.
With the goals also drying up lately, fans will be starting to wonder what on earth Lukaku is for…
Stat of the match
It’s a piece of history for Manchester City, who have matched Arsenal’s record of 14 league wins in a row, and surpassed their record of 13 in a single season.
The Gunners won 13 consecutive matches at the end of 2001/02 and then made it 14 by winning their opening game in 2002/03, but Guardiola’s men will now have their sights on more history in their next game.
Which ever way you look at it, this is one special side.
Man City are the first team in English football history to win 14 matches in a row in one season!
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— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) December 10, 2017
Manchester United: De Gea 6, Rojo 5, Smalling 6, Valencia 6, Young 7, Matic 6, Herrera 6, Lingard 6, Rashford 7, Martial 6, Lukaku 4 / Subs: Lindelof 6, Ibrahimovic 6, Mata 6
Manchester City: Ederson 7, Kompany 6, Otamendi 8, Walker 6, Delph 6, Fernandinho 7, De Bruyne 7, D.Silva 9, Sterling 7, Sane 7, Jesus 7 / Subs: Gundogan 7, Mangala 6, B.Silva 6
Unfortunately, the Twitter hounds went in hard on Lukaku for his role in United’s defeat…
Well. I can honesty say Lukaku is worth every penny of his 90 million. Great assist today. Was a real handful in United’s box.
— pete hall (@peterctid1965) December 10, 2017
— LordDavidLuiz (@LordDavidLuiz) December 10, 2017
MOM Lukaku 2 assist ??
— ? (@uyshk) December 10, 2017
Meanwhile, predictably the view of pretty much everyone is that the title is now done and dusted for the season…
Anything decent on telly between now and May?
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 10, 2017
FT~United 1:2 City
It looks like a Manchester City’s title; surely they’re now the champions elect. SAD #ManchesterDerby
— Miracle Wachira (@EngWachira) December 10, 2017
The league is over. Manchester City 2017 champions.
— Pedro Vasconcelos (@peh_09) December 10, 2017
Man city champions for me now…
— Ian Burton (@BishBurton) December 10, 2017