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Man City 4 – 1 Man United

Manchester City regained their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 derby victory against Manchester United, thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez. Five minutes into the 187th Manchester derby, De Bruyne scored his 50th Premier League goal, giving City the perfect start. In the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho gave a small reprieve for United with a well-taken equalize midway through the first half, but De Bruyne’s second ensured City lead – justifiably – at the break.

Mahrez superbly volleyed in City’s third from a corner 22 minutes from time to seal the statement victory, and amid wild celebrations, the Algerian underlined Pep Guardiola’s side’s dominance with a late, VAR-awarded fourth. City’s win sees them respond to Liverpool’s title challenge by reclaiming their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while United’s first defeat since January 3 – and second league defeat under Ralf Rangnick – leaves them in fifth place, a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal despite having played three more games.
After exquisite link-up play between Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva down the left wing, City’s rapid and forceful start threw United’s plan out the window within five minutes, with De Bruyne escaping his marker Alex Telles and slotting past David de Gea. United, to their credit, held their cool and trusted Ralf Rangnick’s orders to avoid a City pile-on, and almost immediately responded, with only Ederson’s smothered save keeping Fred from drawing the visitors level.
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