Reigning English Premier League champions, Manchester City opened a 12 point over city rivals Manchester United after they recorded a 3-1 win in Sunday’s 177th Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.
Goal from David Silva got Manchester City off to a brilliant start scoring in the 12th minute. Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 two minutes into the second half.
Anthony Martial pulled a goal back from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark, but Ilkay Gundogan came off the bench to secure the points for City as they returned to the summit of the EPL standings and also extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to 12 matches.
Manchester City enjoyed the large share of possession in the opening minutes of the game coming close to scoring through Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho who both missed the target from range.
Aguero was also guilty of missing the ball entirely when well placed inside the area in the 10th minute. Silva broke the deadlock firing in a deflected shot past David De Gea in goal for Manchester United.
At the start of the second half, Aguero made 2-0 for Manchester City two minutes into the second half firing in from close range into the roof of the net after a quick exchange passes with Bernardo Silva in the Manchester United penalty box before blasting his finish through the hands of De Gea and into the roof of the net for his eighth Premier League goal of the season.
The goal was Aguero’s 210th goal for Manchester City and his eighth goal against Manchester United.
Anthony Martial struck a good penalty to reduce the deficit after Ederson has fouled Romelu Lukaku seconds after the Belgian striker came of for Jesse Lingard.
Martial became the seventh United player to score in five consecutive EPL games after Ruud van Nistelrooy, Eric Cantona, Robin Van Persie, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole, and Dwight Yorke.
He was also the fifth Frenchman to score in five consecutive Premier League appearances, after Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, Nicolas Anelka, and Olivier Giroud.
Gundogan sealed the win for Pep Guardiola’s side seven minutes from time slotting home Bernardo Silva’s cross into the United box after a superb team move involving 44 passes.