Manchester City have intensified on their efforts to win the Premier League as they beat Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday night.
The importance of the match has always been a reflection of the team that will win the Premier League title; talking about Liverpool and Manchester City.
Die hard fans of Liverpool fans were entitled to feel optimistic when the teams went in for half-time at Old Trafford.
Manchester United had matched their rivals. There was a close shave when David de Gea saved from Raheem Sterling a few minutes before the break, but United had raised their game following the 4-0 loss to Everton. It was not the walkover some predicted.
United had upped the intensity, covering more ground than City at the halfway point and making more high-intensity sprints, too.
But it was not long before the visitors began to move into the ascendancy. Leroy Sane’s introduction for Fernandinho early in the second half was a sign of their intent. The opening goal arrived just a few minutes later.
United made some attempts as they battled gamely, with Jesse Lingard spurning a fine chance to equalise soon after Bernardo Silva’s goal, but Liverpool fans could be excused for reaching for the remote when Sane struck City’s second.
Pep Guardiola’s side had not surrendered a two-goal lead all season. They were not about to start now.
The victory takes them back to the Premier League summit, one point ahead of Liverpool with three games to play.
Neither side have dropped a single point since the start of March. It has been an extraordinary race and there could be more twists to come, but it is now City’s title to lose.
City’s crushing Champions League exit against Tottenham could easily have derailed their season, but their response has been exemplary.
After the 1-0 win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Saturday, this was another assured and ruthless display once they overcame some early jitters.
Guardiola’s men have now won 11 consecutive Premier League games, scoring 26 goals, but even more impressive is that they have only conceded three.
This was their eighth clean sheet in that time, and while the pace of Marcus Rashford unsettled Vincent Kompany in the early stages, it was telling that United only managed one shot on target all evening.
Source: Sky Sports