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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.

Portuguese club Boavista extends contract of cancer-stricken player

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Portuguese first division side Boavista FC provided some goodwill to soccer fans across the world this week with a wonderful gesture towards one of its players.

The club announced that it had extended the contract of youth academy product Edu Ferreira until 2019, despite the player currently fighting a battle with cancer. Ferreira reportedly announced in November 2016 that he was diagnosed with cancer and has since been fighting for his life ever since.

With his contract reportedly set to finish at the end of this season, Boavista has decided to extend his deal, so Ferreira can focus on his battle off the field.

Boavista this week also expressed solidarity with Bernardo Tengarrinha, a former player who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. During a tough time for fans and players, it’s nice to see a club make these kind of gestures. Long may they continue.

Man City’s David Silva doubtful for Manchester Derby

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Manchester City could be without a key man for the Manchester Derby this weekend.

David Silva is rated as doubtful for the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) according to his manager Pep Guardiola.

Silva, who scored the winning goal for City against West Ham at the weekend to extend their Premier League winning run to 13-straight games, did not travel with the squad for their UEFA Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of that game, Guardiola had the following to say.

“David Silva has a little problem – I don’t know whether he will recover for Sunday,” Guardiola said.

If Silva does miss out, it will be a big blow for all-conquering Man City.

The Spanish international leads the Premier League in assists (along with his teammate Kevin De Bruyne) this season with eight so far and he signed a new one-year contract extension last week.

With Paul Pogba suspended for Manchester United for the derby and Silva doubtful, both teams could be without two key players in central midfield.

City have the likes of Bernardo Silva and Fabian Delph who could slot into midfield, while youngster Phil Foden may also be promoted to the bench for the derby.

Guardiola certainly has options if Silva doesn’t make it, but there’s no doubting the diminutive Spaniard has been in sensational form this season for the league leaders and a big reason for their imperious form.

WATCH LIVE: Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester City

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The John Smith’s Stadium gets its first look at Manchester City when the Premier League leaders visit Huddersfield Town on Sunday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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City is unbeaten this season, including 10-straight league wins by a combined score of 37-6.

Town has won two of its last four, but the promoted side were blown out in the other pair of matches (3-0 at Liverpool and 4-0 at Bournemouth).

LINEUPS

Huddersfield Town: Lossl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Malone, Hogg, Williams, Mooy, Ince, Van La Parra, Depoitre. Subs: Green, Kachunga, Cranie, Lowe, Quaner, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.

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