City sink United’s Hope of Top 4
Manchester United started on the front foot last night with fast and furious passing display through the middle of the park. At times they really dominated Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling (City’s versatile winger) made a lot of space by cutting inside for an excellent attempt on goal but his initial strike was weak and De Gea wasnt really troubled.
United, who were clearly up for the fight had large amounts of possession and Fred had a half chance which he pulled wide of the post. United who were playing like they had belief had another chance later on but Lingard’s volley went wide of the mark.
Manchester City, who had to win to go ahead of Liverpool had struggled to find their form. Sterling and Bernardo Silva were seeing large amounts of the ball and in the 17th minute Silva took a shot but it wasn’t enough to worry De Gea.
The game was opening up now and in the 23rd minute Man United’s Pereria was booked for a foul. Sergio Aguero served up a good free kick into the penalty area and Bernardo Silva hit his shot wide.
The second half got off quick and pacey. Pogba had a chance to get his team ahead but it was well blocked by the City defence. The game looked to be hanging on a knife edge until Manchester City seemed to move up a notch and a fine goal by Bernardo Silva put the Premier League champions ahead.
It is fortunate that Manchester City has such a strong squad and when Fernandinho went down injured he was substituted for Leroy Sane. It didn’t take long for the City man to make his mark and when Sterling collected the ball his own half and evaded several challenges he passed the ball to Sane who took the opportunity to double the lead.
This was a decisive point in the match and killed off all chance that United would have to stage a comeback.
Manchester City easily controlled the remaining minutes of the game and their win ensured that they moved back to the top of the table with three games to go.