Mourinho fails to match up as Guardiola takes Man City streets ahead

Mourinho fails to match up as Guardiola takes Man City streets ahead

Mourinho fails to match up as Guardiola takes Man City streets ahead

City's 12-point advantage over United is the largest after 12 games in the post-1992 Premier League era.

Yet, just as City threatened to run riot, their momentum was halted when with his first involvement since coming on as a substitute Romelu Lukaku was upended by Ederson for a United penalty, which Martial slotted in to score for the fifth straight league game.

"I think we are not going to be relegated", Mourinho said dryly, when United's position was pointed out.

Guardiola later said he was unhappy with his side - "the first half was not so good" - for failing to press home its advantage, but early in the second half came a second goal.

"We're scoring a lot of goals, creating a lot of chances, conceding few", City manager Pep Guardiola said, "and that is a rhythm". "But at the end, the three points, the only difference is that it's against a contender".

Just days after securing a memorable Champions League comeback win at Juventus, the 177th Manchester derby went the way of the hosts in a largely one-sided Premier League encounter.

Champions last season with 100 points, City heads into the worldwide break with a two-point lead over Liverpool. "In those bigger games they now have the nous and knowhow of how to win a game and grind it out at times which is what they will have to do".

Runner-up last season, United managed just one shot on target and is now languishing in eighth place.

Mourinho was without French midfielder Paul Pogba, sidelined with injury, and while the United boss did not want to use that absence as an excuse, he said the need to play Marouane Fellaini had limited his later options. We made mistakes, we were punished for these mistakes.

"I felt when I watched my players, (they were) a team that feel the pressure".

But Jose Mourinho's men didn't really threaten to get back level and it was the Citizens that deservedly went further ahead, Ilkay Gundogan finishing off a superb 44-pass move.

A one-two between Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero saw the Argentina striker produce a fierce shot that David de Gea could not keep out in the United goal.

The Italian has now gone 12 matches unbeaten - a record start for a new manager in the Premier League.

City themselves will be on a high, having thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League, following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton. "I'm not happy of course but we are going the right way".

Arsenal are now eight points behind leaders Man City and can be backed at [150.0] to win the title, but perhaps more significantly they are three points behind North London rivals Tottenham who won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

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