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R. Mahrez
İ. Gündoğan
4 - 1
68'
R. Mahrez
K. De Bruyne
3 - 1
28'
K. De Bruyne
Goal
2 - 1
22'
J. Sancho
P. Pogba
1 - 1
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K. De Bruyne
Bernardo Silva
1 - 0

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Manchester City return to Champions League action on Wednesday in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie against Sporting. United are next in action in the Premier League at home to Tottenham next Saturday.
Manchester City respond to Liverpool's win over West Ham with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester United to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League. Kevin De Bruyne notched a first-half brace either side of a strike from Jadon Sancho that levelled the scores for a period. However, City were outstanding in the second half and two efforts from Riyad Mahrez put the visitors to the sword. City are back on course to secure the title, while their rivals are now locked in a fierce battle to finish in the top four, dropping behind Arsenal into fifth place.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 4-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
90' + 3' United clear a late free-kick from Foden that Laporte tried to attack with a late run. Brief respite for the visitors.
İ. Gündoğan
Assist
90' + 1' Gundogan plays an incisive pass through the United defence for Mahrez to latch on to and score.
R. Mahrez
Goal
90' + 1' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! VAR AWARDS MAHREZ'S STRIKE!!!!!! 4-1 CITY!!!!!! Mahrez puts the icing on the cake for City as he is played onside by the boot of Telles. Gundogan threads a pass through for the run of the winger, and he surges behind the United defence before smashing a left-footed past De Gea into the top-right corner.
90' There will be a minimum of two minutes added time.
90' DISALLOWED GOAL! Mahrez latches on to Gundogan's throughball and then powers a strike through De Gea into the net. The goal is disallowed on the field, but it will go to VAR.
89' CHANCES! City should add to the scoreline, but Mahrez scuffs his effort from close range following a cutback from Gundogan. The German then commits the same mistake as he fails to steer a strike on target from Grealish's cross.
88' Rashford finds space down the right flank and he angles a cross to the back post for Fernandes, but Ederson tips it away from the Portuguese.
86' BLOCK! Wan-Bissaka is in the right place at the right time to block Silva's blast from a Foden corner. It is damage limitation for the visitors.
83' It's so easy for City out there at the moment. They're knocking the ball around the pitch to the cheers of their fans.
81' SAVE! De Gea is the only player keeping the scoreline down for the visitors. The Spaniard has to dive to his left to palm an acrobatic volley from Cancelo away from the net.
İ. Gündoğan
K. De Bruyne
80' De Bruyne is withdrawn after a brilliant performance, notching two goals and an assist. Gundogan replaces the Belgian.
78' It has been 30 minutes since Manchester United last attempted a shot in this game.
75' United cannot get out of their own half at the moment. City are in complete control of the contest.
73' SAVE! Grealish and De Bruyne combine in the final third to tee up Mahrez in the right-inside channel. He goes for a blast on his weaker right foot to the near post, but De Gea beats the ball behind.
71' Mahrez has scored his 20th goal in all competitions this season, while his goal today has taken him to 100 goal involvements for Manchester City (59 goals and 41 assists).
70' Rashford beats the offside trap down the right flank and surges into the City box. However, he gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
68' De Bruyne angles a perfect cross to the back post for Mahrez to connect with and score with a sublime finish.
R. Mahrez
Goal
68' WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!! MAHREZ GUIDES A FIERCE STRIKE INTO THE NET!!!!!!!!! 3-1 CITY!!!!!! The home side take complete control of the game through a sublime effort from Mahrez. De Bruyne lifts a corner beyond the far post from the left and Mahrez runs on to the delivery and times his strike nicely, helped by a slight nick off Maguire, to beat De Gea.
66' Rashford has scored more goals off the bench than any other player in the Premier League this season.
M. Rashford
P. Pogba
64' Pogba has faded in the second half and is now replaced by Rashford in the final third.
J. Lingard
A. Elanga
64' Elanga is withdrawn after a subdued outing and is replaced by Lingard.
H. Maguire
Yellow Card
63' Maguire wipes out De Bruyne on the charge and goes into the book.
62' SAVE! De Bruyne goes for a blast from the edge of the box, but he rifles his attempt straight into the hands of De Gea.
61' Fred gives the ball away and allows City to break at the United defence. Mahrez drives to the edge of the box before being brought down by the Brazilian. City have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
59' CHALLENGE! Elanga collects Pogba's pass and breaks into the box, but Cancelo gets back to make a vital challenge to clear the ball over his own bar.
57' OVER! Grealish is brought down by Wan-Bissaka on the left flank and the home side win a free-kick. De Bruyne sends a low ball to the edge of the box for Mahrez to strike, but he angles his left-footed attempt over the bar.
55' Foden steals possession fron Fernandes on the edge of the box and marches into the box. He has options in the middle, but his cutback is intercepted by McTominay.
54' BLOCK! Grealish surges through the United midfield and offloads to Mahrez in the right-inside channel. He takes a touch inside to shoot, but his effort is charged down by Lindelof.
52' Fernandes drifts into the left-inside channel and has options in the City box, but his low cutback is gathered with ease by De Gea at his near post.
50' WIDE! Foden bundles Wan-Bissaka off the ball and turns to run into the left-inside channel. However, he spurns an opening at goal by scuffing his strike wide of the right post.
49' Fernandes catches Laporte with late challenge and gives away a free-kick, but the official keeps his cards in his pocket.
48' Silva turns his way into the United box and offloads to De Bruyne, but Fred gets back to charge down his strike before it can threaten.
47' Foden turns the ball around the corner for De Bruyne to chase, but Lindelof displays good acceleration to fend off the Belgian and usher it back to De Gea.
46' We're back under way at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola will be satisifed with his side's performance, although he will be looking for them to be tighter at the back in the second half as the visitors have had opportunities outside of Sancho's strike. Ralf Rangnick will be urging his side to search for a clinical edge to get back into the contest for a second time.
Manchester City lead Manchester United 2-1 at the break in their Premier League clash. Kevin De Bruyne fired the home side in front from a Bernardo Silva cross, but Jadon Sancho equalised his former club with a curling strike. However, De Bruyne responded to put Pep Guardiola's men ahead at the interval, converting after a scramble in the six-yard box. City are in control at the interval.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
45' + 5' Fernandes' corner from the left flank hits the boot of Maguire but trickles into the hands of Ederson.
45' + 3' BLOCK! Stones makes an important block at the back to deny Telles as he tries to steer a cross from Sancho towards goal. The defender had to make that intervention.
45' + 2' De Bruyne goes on a charge through the middle, but he is halted by a fine challenge from Lindelof before the visitors counter.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
45' SAVE! De Gea produces a fine one-handed stop to deny Mahrez. The winger cuts in from the right flank and shoots low and hard on his left foot towards the bottom-left corner. It seems destined for the net before the Spaniard turns it away with a firm hand.
42' De Gea takes a huge risk as he races off his line to beat Grealish to a ball over the top. He misses his kick, but Wan-Bissaka gets a vital toe to it before Maguire sweeps the danger away.
41' MISS! United open up the City defence as Fernandes make a run behind the line. The Portuguese, Pogba and Fred all combine in the box to tee up Sancho, but he blazes his effort over the bar.
40' WIDE! De Bruyne breaks on a counter and has Foden in support down the left flank. He offloads to the England man, but he can only drag his effort wide of the right post.
38' De Bruyne has been directly involved in 88 goals in his 100 Premier League home appearances for Manchester City and Chelsea combined (37 goals, 51 assists).
37' We're back under way at the Etihad Stadium.
34' The game has been paused for an apparent emergency medical issue in the crowd.
32' Grealish probes down the left flank and he tries to squeeze a cross into the box, but Lindelof repels the danger for the visitors.
30' De Bruyne is the first Manchester City player to score a brace in this fixture in the Premier League since Sergio Aguero in April 2015.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
28' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! DE BRUYNE RESTORES CITY'S LEAD!!!!!!! 2-1!!!!!!!! The Belgian smashes a strike from close range on the rebound following a scramble in and around the United six-yard box. Foden starts the move with a brilliant touch and turn past Lindelof. He sees his effort saved by De Gea, while Maguire denies Silva on the rebound. After Telles fails to clear the danger, De Bruyne gathers the loose ball and plants his attempt into the left corner.
26' BLOCK! Cancelo finds space down the left flank and he sees his low cutback diverted back to Grealish. The midfielder goes for a first-time strike, but Lindelof blocks his effort.
25' OFF THE BAR! Silva powers a cross into the box that Foden flicks towards goal. It loops dangerously towards goal, but De Gea watches it clip off the top of the frame and over for a goal-kick.
P. Pogba
Assist
22' Pogba spots the run of Sancho and releases the forward with a precise offload before he finds the net.
J. Sancho
Goal
22' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! SANCHO CURLS HOME AN EQUALISER!!!!!!! 1-1!!!! United are back in the game as former City man Sancho bends a strike past Ederson with the aid of the post. The visitors break on the counter as Pogba feeds the run of Sancho in City's half. He uses the run of Fernandes to his left to create space on the inside and curls his attempt into the bottom-right corner.
21' Grealish goes for the reverse pass towards the run of Silva, but Wan-Bissaka closes in with a fine challenge to break up the attack.
18' SAVE! De Bruyne collects on the edge of the United box and charges into the left-inside channel. He fires a low effort at goal, but De Gea makes a save. Foden tries to pounce on the rebound, but the referee believes that he fouls Maguire in the process.
16' BLOCK! Rodri lifts a ball over the top for the run of Mahrez, but it is cleared as far as De Bruyne. The Belgian lines up a drive, but sees his effort blocked by Maguire.
14' United have had decent spells of possession, but they lack an outlet in the final third to challenge the home side.
12' Pogba tries to weave his way through the City defence, but he loses out on the edge of the box before he fouls Cancelo.
10' Silva catches Fernandes with a late boot and gives away a free-kick, but he manages to avoid a booking from referee Michael Oliver.
8' CHANCE! Fernandes threads the needle to find Fred, who takes a step past Walker to bear down on goal. Ederson is out quickly to smother his effort before Grealish clears the danger.
7' De Bruyne has now scored his 50th Premier League goal, becoming the fourth Belgian to reach the milestone after Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke.
Bernardo Silva
Assist
5' Silva bursts down the left flank and places a pinpoint offload for De Bruyne to attack and score.
K. De Bruyne
Goal
5' GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!! DE BRUYNE FIRES CITY AHEAD!!! 1-0!!!!!!!! The Belgian is on the spot in the United box to drill a low strike past De Gea. City build down the left flank as Grealish feeds Silva on the left flank. The Portuguese finds half a yard and places a low ball into the middle for De Bruyne to attack on his left foot and bury into the bottom-left corner.
3' United are attempting to press the home side in possession to prevent City from building into their rhythm.
1' We're under way at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are looking to complete the league double over United for just the second time under manager Pep Guardiola, having previously done so in 2018-19.
United have made three changes to their side from their draw against Watford in their last outing. Cristiano Ronaldo is out with a hip injury, while Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane have COVID-19, with Edinson Cavani not yet fully fit. Matic drops to the bench for the Red Devils. Sancho, McTominay and Maguire all come into the team this afternoon for Rangnick's men.
City have made six changes to their side from their FA Cup triumph over Peterborough United during the week. Walker, Stones and Laporte slot into the back four as Ruben Dias misses out due to injury along with Nathan Ake, while Zinchenko drops to the bench. De Bruyne, Silva and Rodri all return to the fold as Fernandinho, Gundogan and Jesus make way.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Dean Henderson, Nemanja Matic, Hannibal Mejbri.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Fred; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Anthony Elanga.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Scott Carson, Liam Delap, Luke Mbete, James McAtee.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Jack Grealish; Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden.
United carry an eight-match unbeaten run in the Premier League into the contest, but their goalless draw against Watford last time out was underwhelming to say the least. Ralf Rangnick's men are still on course to qualify for the Champions League next season by finishing in the top four, but they will have to find a clinical edge in the final third. The Red Devils do have injury and COVID-19 absentees today, which adds further difficulty to the task at hand against their rivals.
City bounced back from their defeat at the hands of Tottenham by beating Everton on the road by a narrow 1-0 margin in their last outing in the Premier League. However, Liverpool have ramped up the pressure on Pep Guardiola's men by closing the gap at the top of the table to three points after edging out West Ham yesterday. City need to keep winning to distance themselves from the Reds' charge, but United have given them difficulty on home soil in the past.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.