Manchester City produced a completely dominant performance in the 186th Manchester Derby, comfortably beating United 2-0 at Old Trafford to move up to second in the Premier League table for the time being at least.
Eric Bailly’s own goal gave City an early lead and Bernardo Silva’s magical finish near the post, which brought a 26-pass move to a conclusion, doubled the advantage just before half time.
The second half was a masterclass in possession football as City played training drills with United to see the game out comfortably and earn a vital three points.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Huge and deserved credit and my admiration and pride to these players,”
“The commitment and the fact is we played a really good game from beginning to the end.
“The best way to silence Old Trafford is to have the ball…have the ball and we did it.
“And we played a really good game except for ten minutes in the second half where we missed some ball.”
The boss was also asked whether the past few years meant City were top dogs in Manchester, but he said each set of supporters will think that.
“For our fans, Manchester City is the best club in Manchester, for United red is the best all we can say is that in the last years we have done really well, winning a lot of titles and being there all the time,” said Pep.
“It makes me so proud.”
”Let me be gentle. I can never analyse or judge the opponents and what they have done.
“The games have been quite similar in previous seasons when they beat us.
“They wait behind and ambush us on counter attack - they did not control those games.
“They waited, maybe because they respect us, which is a big compliment for us.
“That’s the only way to control the transitions. I know how big talented players like Cristiano are, they suffer when they don’t have the ball. We wanted that.”