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City outclass United in Manchester derby to fend off Liverpool 

MANCHESTER City swept aside Manchester United 4-1 on Sunday to retain their lead at the top of the Premier League table and stay ahead of Liverpool in the title race.

Pep Guardiola’s impressive side remain six points clear of Liverpool but have played one game more.

Ralf Rangnick’s United side were without injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, as well as Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw, who have Covid-19, and were overwhelmed by the quality and intensity of the reigning champions.

Kevin de Bruyne was the star of the show, putting City ahead with a fine finish in the fifth minute as the United defence was caught napping.

United responded well after going behind and got a deserved equaliser through Jadon Sancho, the former City youngster curling a superb finish past Ederson from the edge of the box. But City were ahead again at the Etihad Stadium, with De Bruyne powering home from a goalmouth scramble before half-time.

City turned up the tempo after the break and got the goal their vast superiority deserved 23 minutes in when Riyad Mahrez drove home from De Bruyne’s corner from far off. The goal came via a deflection off United captain Harry Maguire, who endured a nightmare afternoon.

Mahrez then raced clear to beat De Gea in added time to complete the beating, the goal being given after a lengthy VAR check for offside.

The defeat left United in fifth place in the race for the top four, one point behind Arsenal who have three games in hand.

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