10 December 2017
Nicolas Otamendi scored the winner for Man City, as they extended their lead at the top of the table to 11 points.
There wasn’t many chances during the first half, with City testing de Gea a few times. Gabriel Jesus felt that he should’ve been awarded a penalty when he thought he’d been tripped, but the referee didn’t give it.
But, the game opened up in the last few minutes of the first half. In the the 43rd minute, City took the lead through David Silva. After a corner had come into the box, the ball came off Romelu Lukaku to Silva, who hooked the ball into the net.
But City’s lead didn’t last long as United equalised in the second minute of stoppage time through Marcus Rashford. The ball had been crossed in towards Rashford, with Fabian Delph, who should’ve dealt with it comfortably, missing the ball, allowing Rashford to slot in.
In the second half, once again a mistake from Lukaku from a Man City set-piece led to City regaining the lead in the 54th minute through Otamendi. Lukaku, who had a poor game, lashed at a clearance which hit one of his team-mates, and falling to Otamendi, who finished the opportunity.
Jose Mourinho was very annoyed after the math because of the incident in the 79th minute, when Ander Herrera was giving a yellow card for diving in the box, when it appeared that there was contact from Otamendi.
United continued to press, with City goalkeeper Ederson making a double-save to deny Lukaku and Juan Mata. They should’ve scored. But in the end City held on to make it 14 Premier League victories in a row.
Both managers, especially Mourinho, had a lot to say after the game. Mourinho said that United’s title hopes are “probably” over because referee Michael Oliver failed to award the penalty when Herrera was tripped. He also called City “lucky”.
Pep Guardiola hit back after Mourinho had said that City players go down too easily. He also said that they were the team who wanted to play more and that it was the same last season when Mourinho again had a go at the referee.
United struggled to mount a lot of pressure on a City team who have only dropped two points in 16 league games so far. They are the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season.
This result ended United’s 40-match unbeaten run at home – which stretched back to City’s win here in September 2016.
The more games City’s rivals lose, the further they fall away, which makes it look very hard for teams to catch City. City’s fans stayed in their seats long after the game, taunting United.
United’s line-up looked attacking, but they struggled to threaten City. This result is a critical blow to United and gave Guardiola the victory over rival Mourinho.
United remain second, 11 points adrift league leaders Man City. Next up for United are Bournemouth at home next Wednesday the 13 December. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.