Manchester City moved a significant step closer to winning the Premier League title on Wednesday night after securing a crucial 2-0 victory over neighbours Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Pep Guardiola’s men knew that anything but a victory would have handed Liverpool the advantage in the title race with only three games left to play.
But City sealed all three points at the Theatre of Dreams thanks to second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane.
United goalkeeper David de Gea has been out-or-sorts in recent weeks and he will feel that he should have done better for both of City’s goals.
De Gea apologised on social media after United’s shock 4-0 defeat away at Everton on Sunday - and fans will be demanding more answers from the Spaniard following his performance against City.
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De Gea was beaten at his near post for Bernardo’s opener in the 54th minute…
He was then beaten at his near post on the opposite side by Sane 12 minutes later…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now slumped to their seventh defeat in their last nine matches.
But unlike at Goodison Park, it wasn’t a lack of effort that cost them.
Rather than worry about the title race, United’s players were purely focused on beating their neighbours and making amends for Sunday’s horror show.
The 4-0 defeat against Everton was arguably the worst performance from United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
If anybody expected United to roll over, in order to dent Liverpool’s hopes of winning the title, they were sorely mistaken.
The hosts impressed during the early stages with Fred, Jesse Lingard and the lively Marcus Rashford all going close.
United’s stars were playing with intensity that was missing at Goodison Park. Whatever Solskjaer said to them in the days leading up to the derby clearly had the desired effect.
However, it was Raheem Sterling who was presented with the best opportunity to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes.
The winger was denied from point-blank range by De Gea after wiggling his way into a shooting position, as City ended the first half on top.
But City were much improved in the second half and killed the game off thanks to those two goals from Bernardo and Sane.
Lingard spurned a brilliant chance to pull a goal back for the home side, missing at the far post when it looked easier to score.
United never looked like scoring again, while City's fans teased Solskjaer by chanting: "You're getting sacked in the morning".
Next up for United: Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
As for City, then can wrap up the title by defeating Burnley, Leicester and Brighton in their next three games.News Now - Sport News