Manchester, UK : Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed a draining week for their disappointing performance as Manchester City moved back top of the Premier League with a convincing 3-1 win in Sunday’s derby at the Etihad.
Early goals in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put City in command and Ilkay Gundogan condemned United to a fourth league defeat of the season after Anthony Martial’s penalty had given the visitors hope.
Bernardo Silva was the provider for his namesake to register his seventh goal of the season with a shot that had just too much power for De Gea on 12 minutes.
United did at least stem City’s flow as the half wore on and the hosts did not threaten again until Aguero fired into the side-netting just before half-time.
Handed a slightly better angle three minutes after the break, Aguero made no mistake as he played a one-two with Riyad Mahrez and blasted high past De Gea to move out on his own as the Premier League’s top scorer with eight goals.
Yet, just as City threatened to run riot, their momentum was halted when with his first involvement since coming on as a substitute Romelu Lukaku was upended by Ederson for a United penalty, which Martial slotted in to score for the fifth straight league game.
However, it was City who still looked the more likely to score and they sealed all three points in style.
Gundogan finished off a 44-pass move that dragged United all over the pitch, slotting home five minutes from time.