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To Man City go the spoils

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  • Rashford levels Silva opener by half
  • Otamendi pushes City in front
  • Ederson with amazing double stop

David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi gave Manchester City an 11-point table lead with a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The win is City’s 14th straight league win to start a season, the longest run in Premier League history.

Marcus Rashford scored United’s goal, and the Red Devils finish the day three points ahead of third place Chelsea.

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Kyle Walker took a fourth minute yellow for chopping down Ander Herrera.

Man City was on the front foot with expected possession, and both Herrera and Nemanja Matic were in early charge of upsetting the midfield apple cart.

Efforts continued in the City final third, but tame attempts didn’t trouble David De Gea. Gabriel Jesus thought he had something going just inside the 18, but no whistle was blown.

Countering was the play for United, who had a brief moment through the dribble of Anthony Martial moments before Vincent Kompany scythed down Herrera in the United half.

City would break through just before halftime, with David Silva keeping up his fine season by reaching high to chop a loose ball past De Gea. Jesse Lingard missed a header and lost Silva on the play.

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Rashford answered in stoppage time, on the doorstep after Nicolas Otamendi’s skimmed header cascaded off Fabian Delph and onto the Mancunian’s foot.

That sent the match to the break at 1-1.

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There were changes at the break:

City went ahead on a clunky clearance of a Kevin De Bruyne free kick, as Romelu Lukaku sent an effort off the back of a teammate and Otamendi chopped the ball out of the air to make it 2-1 just 10 minutes into the second half.

Guardiola removed Gabriel Jesus in favor of another center back, bringing Eliaquim Mangala into the fray to protect the lead.

A cagey game became more so after that, with United wasting a promising free kick won by Lukaku before De Gea made a fine save on De Bruyne.

A second Delph error allowed another chance to Rashford, and Ederson had to get low to deny the youngster’s attempt at a brace.

The corner kick saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic introduced, but Rashford was offside before a second ball could find the mixer.

Ederson made two sensational stops in the 85th minute, the first on Lukaku with his throat and the second  on Juan Mata with his chest. Wow.

De Gea made a tight stop on Bernardo Silva in the final minute of stoppage time.

WATCH LIVE: The 175th Manchester Derby

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Here goes nothing almost everything, as Paul Pogba-less Manchester United hosts Premier League leaders Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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It’s the business end of Double Derby Day on NBCSN, with the Red Devils hopeful of handing City its first loss of the Premier League season.

Sergio Aguero is on the bench for City in this 175th Manchester Derby, with Gabriel Jesus leading the line.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata are United’s best chance makers on the bench, with Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford poised to attack City.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Matic, Herrera, Rashford, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, McTominay, Mata, Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Kompany (c), Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus. Subs: Bravo, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mangala, Danilo, Aguero.

Four things we learned from Arsenal v. Man United

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LONDON — There were not a parked bus in sight at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as Arsenal and Manchester United put on a show.

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United ran out 3-1 winners with two goals from Jesse Lingard and an early Antonio Valencia strike, but that only tells part of the story as Alexandre Lacazette scored for the Gunners, Paul Pogba was sent off and David De Gea was in sensational form.

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Here’s what we learned from an absolutely bonkers encounter in north London.


DE GEA ON ANOTHER PLANET

David de Gea saved Manchester United time and time again on Saturday.

In the first half the Spanish goalkeeper saved superbly from Alexandre Lacazette while on the floor as the ball looped up and hit the bar. He then clawed the ball away as Romelu Lukaku knocked the ball towards his own goal.

He wasn’t done. Oh no. In the second half he saved superbly from Alex Iwobi and then moments later, with the score 2-1 and Arsenal pushing, he made one of the best double saves you will see. De Gea dove to his right to save Lacazette’s low effort and then his reactions to get up and deny Alexis Sanchez were lightning quick. That moment changed the outcome of this game.

De Gea was the man of the match by a country mile. It is time we placed him above Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois as the best goalkeeper on the planet right now. Simple.

Judging by United’s defensive performance, De Gea will be a busy man against Manchester City in the Manchester Derby next weekend.


SAME DEFENSIVE ISSUES ARISE FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal were the better team from the majority of this game. They had 15 shots on target and 75 percent of the possession but defensive mistakes, once again, cost them dear.

Wenger’s men were 2-0 down with 12 minutes gone and it came via two absolutely needless giveaways from central defenders. United’s third goal came from another defensive mistake.

Just like against Manchester City and Liverpool this season, Arsenal’s lack of defensive solidity in big games against their top four rivals was the difference.

Laurent Koscielny gave the ball away cheaply for United’s first goal and was bullied by Paul Pogba for United’s third and Shkodran Mustafi‘s poor ball led to United’s second.

Arsenal missed chances galore and came up against an inspired De Gea and on another day they could have won 4-3. They didn’t because their defensive lapses surfaced once again. That’s what will cost them any chance of achieving anything more than finishing in the top four for the foreseeable future.


UNITED RUTHLESS ON COUNTER

Yes, United rode their luck and had DDG to thank for their win, but they also launched several sensational counter attacks with Pogba, Anthony Martial and Lingard leading the charge to support Lukaku.

All three of United’s goals came on the counter but their second goal summed up how ruthless they were on the break. Lukaku played in Martial who had cut in from the left and his clever turn and ball into Lingard led to the onrushing United midfield sweeping home. It was a thing of beauty.

In truth, United could have scored with more of their counters as Lingard had his shot tipped onto the post by Petr Cech in the second half and Lukaku was reluctant to shoot on similar breakaways.

Remember: this was a team who has scored just one goal in seven outings away at the “top six” since Mourinho took charge in August 2016. They could have scored five times, at least, on the counter on Saturday.

There was no parking the bus. The bus was strategically placed for a quick getaway and it worked a treat with Pogba and Lingard causing havoc.


POGBA RED CARD MADNESS; TOUGH CALLS WRONG

Pogba undid all of his good work with a moment of madness.

United’s French midfielder went in studs up on Hector Bellerin who had his left leg across the floor and referee Andre Marriner gave Pogba a straight red card. That will keep him out of the next three games, including the Manchester Derby against Manchester City next Sunday. That’s a massive blow for United, who are a totally different, and much more dangerous, side when he’s playing.

You can see why Marriner gave the red card.

Pogba had time to pull out of the challenge and it was studs up on Bellerin’s calf. You can’t be doing that. It didn’t look great, especially on the replay, but did he mean it? Was it malicious? The jury is out but it’s unlikely Pogba will win his appeal, if he lodges one, with the FA. His lung-bursting runs will be badly missed by United against Man City next Sunday and his much anticipated battle with Kevin De Bruyne will have to wait until later in the season.

Other big calls were clearly incorrect as Danny Welbeck was brought down by Matteo Darmian in the box and Arsenal should have had a penalty kick, while Koscielny should have been sent off when taking down Lukaku as last man. Bellerin may have been getting back, but when the foul was committed Arsenal’s center back was the last man. Not a good day for the officials.

Lingard, De Gea lead Man Utd past Arsenal

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  • Valencia, Lingard put United up 2-0 early
  • Arsenal has 71 percent first half possession
  • Lacazette makes it 2-1 after break
  • Pogba sets up Lingard for 3-1, then sent off
  • Arsenal out-attempts United 33-8

Jesse Lingard bagged a brace as Manchester United took its chances in a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Antonio Valencia also scored for the Red Devils, who moved to within five points of Manchester City before the Premier League leaders play Sunday.

Arsenal got its goal from Alexandre Lacazette, and sits fifth with 28 points.

Paul Pogba was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Hector Bellerin with just over a quarter hour to play in North London.

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Valencia looked to have been denied by his extra touch off a Paul Pogba through ball, but spun the ball through Petr Cech‘s legs to make it 1-0.

It was off a bad giveaway, and Arsenal had a second one moments later. United clinically finished again, with Anthony Martial‘s incredibly deft flick meeting Lingard’s impressive side-footed finish inside the far post.

Arsenal liked to attack down the right, and Chris Smalling defended well earn a goal kick in the 20th.

The Gunners were thwarted in a chance to pull one back when David De Gea stopped Alexandre Lacazette at close range before Granit Xhaka laced the rebound wide of the frame.

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Lacazette hit on a 49th minute rebound to make it 2-1, with both playmaker Aaron Ramsey and the goal scorer in acres of space.

United saw a ball hit the far post moments later in a bid to restore the two-goal lead.

De Gea made an amazing pair of stops on Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in the 56th minute.

It was 3-1 after the hour mark thanks to another Arsenal giveaway, with Pogba turning Laurent Koscielny inside out before passing through the six for Lingard to tap home.

But the smiles turned to frowns when Pogba went studs up into Bellerin’s ankle, an easy red card and a huge obstacle for Jose Mourinho in the Manchester Derby.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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With the games coming thick and fast, there has been plenty of movement in our Power Rankings over the past seven days.

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Players from Manchester City, Arsenal and Man United dominate our rankings with multiple players from Liverpool and Leicester also popping up and plenty of new entries.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 1
  2. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Down 1
  3. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  4. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Up 1
  5. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 1
  6. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Down 3
  7. David Silva (Man City) – Up 1
  8. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – New entry
  9. Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – New entry
  10. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Down 3
  11. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 4
  12. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Down 7
  13. Kyle Walker (Man City) – Even
  14. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
  15. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 3
  16. Richarlison (Watford) – Up 1
  17. Wayne Rooney (Everton) – New entry
  18. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – New entry
  19. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) – New entry
  20. Ashley Young (Man United) – New entry