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Manchester City vs Manchester United at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
11th November 2018 4:30 PM (GMT)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘12' David Silva
    • ‘48' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘86' Ilkay Gündogan
  • 1 Manchester United

    • ‘58' Anthony Martial (Pen)

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Commentary By Caroline Oatway

20:29

And there you have it.

Well, happy Sunday, Blues!

Another fantastic win - potent in attack, mentally strong and solid in defence - and we head into the international break top of the Premier League table.

Enjoy going into work on Monday - I know I will!

Stay tuned to mancity.com for more reaction, plus the eagerly-awaited match highlights and check out the match and player stats right here on the Matchday Centre.

As always, it's been an absolute pleasure. Savour the rest of your weekend in the knowledge that MANCHESTER IS BLUE.

19:08

Guardiola (on Sterling's showboating!)

"I like alot how he played.

"The best way is to keep the ball and they did it. They controlled it absolutely.

"He defended back and made some movements with his legs, which we can avoid - but he is young!"

19:07

Pep Guardiola:

"The first half was not so good. We played like: #I don't want to lose the ball' but with no intention to do something with it.

"We were stable and scored the first goal, which was so good.

"We changed a little bit the way we should press - with love an smiling. The goal from Sergio helped us a lot.

"After that, conceded and it is  inevitable to think about last season but we didn;t concede another chance - we defended so well.

"We put Gundo and Raheem like a striker which made extra passes.

"In the last 30 minutes, we played a very good game."


18:54

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18:48

Jose Mourinho:

 "I think it is not a bad performance at all. It was a performance with mistakes and we paid for it. All three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished.

"We had two matches away [Juventus and then City], it is not the physical effort but the mental pressure. I think some of the boys felt it a little bit.

"The first one is a bad one to concede and the second one is even worse. The third goal kills everything."

18:44

Deserved praise for Ferna

18:43

Sergio Aguero:

"For me, it was more important to get three points but it's always nice to score."

(On his new haircut): "I don't know. Sometimes my hair is crazy!"

18:40

Ilkay Gundogan:

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to score more than two last time but today we scored three and won the game so we're very happy.

"It was very important to score the third one. They have ability to create chances. The third one killed it because it was so late.

"Pep Guardiola told me to keep the rhythm high and use the spaces. I played in the middle of David Silva and Fernandinho. We wanted to keep the ball and it worked out well."

18:26

"I SAID BLUE MOON!"

A standing ovation for the boys in Blue, as the team celebrate with the fans.

A fantastic performance, local pride retained and another huge three points in the title race!

18:23

The crowd are loving it!

Game management now. City keeping the ball in the corner.

Sterling just produced a million stepovers and it was flippin' brilliant!

88'

SURELY GAME OVER!

Bernardo again influential, as he floats a glorious ball over the top, which splits the United defence.

Gundogan controls - he's is completely unmarked with all the time in the world and has the simple task of slotting home!

77'

Argh!

It's getting tasty, this one.

Almost an own-goal there as Young slides in to intercept Bernardo's through-ball to Sane - and de Gea has to think fast to clear without using his hands in fear of conceding a backpass.

Open
74'

Wasteful!

What a chance for City!

It's 3v2 in the Blues' favour as Sterling races clear. He finds Sane and the German takes aim - but it's wayward and blazes into the stand.

Open
73'

Double United change

Mata replaces Herrera and Sanchez comes on for Rashford. The striker isn't given the warmest welcome, needless to say.

72'

Tense

I can hear the nerves shredding - and that's just mine!

United haven't really threatened since their goal - but that moment just portrayed how a game can change in a matter of seconds.

We certainly didn't expect to be hanging onto a slender lead in the moments that followed Aguero's goal - but we are. And it's nervy.

Open
55'

On the hunt

City are rampant! Sterling seeks a third but his first effort is blocked and he delays the second until the chance is lost!

The volley was there to be hit but he didn't have the confidence to take it on!

At the other end, Fernandinho is alert to sniff out the danger.

48'

WHAT A GOAL!!!!

ABSOLUTELY EMPHATIC!

I was just about to say: we often start the second half with a bang - and there it is!

A gorgeous one-two between Aguero and Mahrez, finished off with an absolute beauty from Kun - he walloped it past de Gea!

Gundogan certainly enjoyed that - the German celebrated with gestures of '2-0!' to the City fans as he warmed up!

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Analysis

Couldn't have asked for much more than that (other than another goal - or two!)

City completely dominant and driving at the United defence at will, while the Reds are without ideas and restricted to half-chances.

Ederson yet to be tested; the Blues looking hungry.

Bring on the second half...

Open
46'

Side-netting!

Chance for Aguero, as Bernardo Silva plays him though - but he can only hit the side-netting at the near post.

Perhaps could have cut it back - or Bernardo could have shot himself...

39'

"Waheyyy!"

A cheer over on the left-flank as Rashford attempts a piece of skill to escape two City men and kicks the ball straight out of play.

To be fair, he had no options at all - and he makes a point of saying as much.

Open
35'

Quick-thinking

Sterling and Aguero combine with a one-two on the edge of the box but the return ball is just behind Sterling and he can't connect for the half-volley as he'd have liked. It bounces into de Gea's path.

27'

United pressure

The Reds are enjoying a spell of possession now, without creating any real chances.

Definitely looking more threatening in the final third but so far (thankfully), Ederson hasn't been tested.

25'

Solid Stones

Superb block by Stones there to deny Martial. Put his body on the line and he's receiving treatment as a result.

He'll be reet, he's a Barnsley lad  Tough as old boots.

16'

Upper hand

United stunned; City sensing blood...

There hasn't been much of a reaction from the Reds to falling behind, but in truth, they've hardly had the ball!

15'

Aaaaand breathe.

My word, my heart is pounding!

Press box etiquette flew well and truly out of the window there, I'll admit.

What a start for the boys in Blue!

13'

MAGICCCC!!!

GET IN THERE!!! FIRST BLOOD TO THE CHAMPIONS - AND IT'S DESERVED!

Sterling with the cross to the backpost. Bernardo Silva keeps it in, driving it across and the ball eventually finds David Silva, who SMASHES home!

YYYEEEAAHHHHH!!!

9'

Piling on the pressure

We're well on top. United truly on the backfoot.

Aguero has his first sight of goal from Mahrez's corner but he's penalised for a push.

Open

Corner!

City earn the game's first corner as Sterling is played through - only for his near-post attempt to be blocked and deflected wide.

The set-piece proves fruitless though.

6'

Out of the blocks

City dominating the early exchanges, looking to press forward with pace and purpose.

The Etihad is absolutely buzzing, urging the Blues on with every attack.

Open
4'

Bright (blue) start

Ferna is the next to have a go. After playing a lovely one-two with David Silva to release the Spaniard, the Brazilian receives possession again when the resulting cross is only half-cleared - but drags his effort wide.

16:25

Here we go!

Out come the two teams. The atmosphere is absolutely electric.

Pleasantries first as the handshakes take place... and then the duel begins.

BRING IN ON.

16:24

In Remembrance

A rapturous applause rings around the Etihad Stadium, as the names of those City heroes who fell in the First World War are read out.

A poppy adorns the centre circle and flags of both crests are displayed in each half.

TODAY, MANCHESTER REMEMBERS.

16:21

True Blues

Elano and Georgi Kinkladze are welcomed onto the pitch, to a standing ovation - two sensational players. Two City legends.

My dad always said it was a good omen to see a Blue hero before a game. He saw Franny Lee before Wembley '99 and Uwe Rosler before THAT QPR game.

COME ON!

16:13

Elsewhere...

A good result for City, as Everton have held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Liverpool beat Fulham 2-0 and Arsenal host Wolves at 4:30pm.

16:09

A Kun-derful day ahead?

Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in ten Premier League games against United and eight in all competitions (level with Colin Bell) – only four players have scored more goals in the Manchester Derby: Wayne Rooney (11), Joe Hayes (10), Francis Lee (10) and Bobby Charlton (nine).

Aguero has bagged 17 goals and assisted a further five in his last 13 league games at the Etihad Stadium.

David Silva has been directly involved in six goals in 12 Premier League games against United (three goals, three assists), although five of those goal involvements have arrived at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard has also had a hand in five goals in just six league home games this term with three goals and two assists.

16:01

Derby duels

The Blues have avoided consecutive Premier League defeats against the Reds since April 2010.

Our longest winning run spanned four games in all competitions on two occasions (September 1954 to September 1955 and April 2013 to November 2014), while our longest unbeaten run stretched between January 1952 and September 1955. During that period, we faced the Reds nine times, winning six of those clashes.

The last six Premier League encounters have heralded mixed results, with two wins, two draws and two defeats.

The 3-2 reverse against Jose Mourinho’s side in April 2018 was our last league defeat at the Etihad Stadium. Since then, we have won eight of our nine games at home in the competition, including all six this season.

15:59

Warm-ups under way

The two teams are readying themselves out on the pitch - City first; United second. (Sounds familiar!)

The Reds' emergence is 'greeted' rather coldly... to say the least!

15:48

A trip down Memory Lane...

I was more fortunate than most in that I didn't have to wait too long for my first win over United.

After a couple of failed attempts (of which we won't mention!), I took my sat in the North Stand and savoured the Goat's feast in the last ever Derby at Maine Road.

Although Shaun Goater's second goal that day marked his 100th for the Club, it is his first which loves long in the memory, as the Bermudian famously robbed Gary Neville of possession before restoring City's lead with a cool, curled finish.

That Christmas, someone bought me a framed poster of the Goat's celebration (accompanied with a shot of Neville with his hands on his head). The inscription read: "The stupid lad should know for sure, Feed the Goat and he will score!"

At the age of 11, it was my most treasured possession. In fact, maybe it still is! πŸ˜‰

15:36

Team news and tactics

City make two changes from Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Shakhtar with Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy returning.

Hat-trick hero Gabriel Jesus starts on the bench, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is rested.

Benjamin Mendy returns at left-back.

City look set for a 4-3-3 formation.

The defensive back four take care of themselves, with Fernandinho pinning the midfield three of David Silva and Bernardo.

On the flanks, Raheem Sterling and Mahrez will look to supply the width to stretch United and provide opportunities for Aguero.
15:33

UNITED LINE-UP

XI: De Gea, Young (c), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

SUBS: S. Romero, Darmian, Jones, Fred, Mata, Alexis, Lukaku.

15:15

Team news on its way...

The City starting XI will be announced at 3:30pm sharp! Who makes your line-up this afternoon?

The big question seems to be: who will occupy the wings? Riyad Mahrez or Leroy Sane?

Find out in 15 minutes...

14:56

David Silva:

β€œUnited commanded a lot of respect when I arrived but I think it changed from when we won at Old Trafford 6-1. The mentality changed a little bit that day.

β€œNow I think we are held in great esteem.

β€œYou remember a bit about every derby you’ve played in but that one - the result, and the fact that it was at United and the respect that United commanded in that period in time - makes it one that will forever go down in history.”

14:42

Monday Blues?

It's the first fixture you look for when the calendar is released - the one that divides friendships, the one that determines whether or not you brave going into work on Monday morning, the one that affects your sleep, your appetite and your mood. It's the one that means the most... it's Derby Day.

COME ON, CITY!!!

14:36

That pre-Derby buzz

Just under two hours to go... how are we all feeling?

Admittedly, Derby Day isn't the dreaded fixture it used to be (like it was when I was a young, suffering lass!) but that doesn't mean the pre-match nerves don't jingle like Christmas bells.

You either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love it, although in my younger days I would be guaranteed at least three migraines in the week's build-up...

A defeat of course wouldn't be detrimental to our title chances or anything like that... but local pride means so much - SO much.

And we're out for revenge!

14:03

Countdown to kick-off...

Hello and welcome to the Etihad Stadium... the home of the Premier League Champions and the venue for this afternoon's 177th Manchester Derby.

Are you ready?!

Stat

United have kept just one Premier League clean sheet this season, conceding 18 goals in 11 matches. It took them until 31 January - and 25 games - to concede as many last term.

Other games that day

  • Chelsea0
    Everton0
    FT
  • Liverpool2
    Fulham0
    FT
  • Arsenal1
    Wolverhampton Wanderers1
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 12 +18 30
3 Chelsea 12 +19 28
4 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +10 27
5 Arsenal 12 +11 24
6 Bournemouth 12 +5 20
7 Watford 12 +3 20
8 Manchester United 12 -1 20
9 Everton 12 +4 19
10 Leicester City 12 +1 17
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 -1 16
12 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 -5 14
13 West Ham United 12 -4 12
14 Newcastle United 12 -6 9
15 Burnley 12 -13 9
16 Crystal Palace 12 -9 8
17 Southampton 12 -13 8
18 Cardiff City 12 -14 8
19 Huddersfield Town 12 -16 7
20 Fulham 12 -20 5
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