Manchester, Sep 10: Manchester City earn bragging rights for the time being as Pep Guardiola's men beat Jose Mourinho's Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford to retain their number 1 position in the English Premier League table.
The Cityzens drew first blood in the 15th minute thanks to an intelligent finish from Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. City architected an impressive move and De Bruyne was in the correct position.
Manchester United defenders were caught napping as the Belgian cheekily beat Daley Blind and found the back of the net.
The away side were enjoying a much better position throughout the first half as they looked more confident than the home side.
The second goal came in the 36th minute from the foot of young striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Once again Kevin De Bruyne was the architect for the goal.
The midfielder tried curl the ball into the second post beating David De Gea but the ball hit the post. From the rebound, an Iheanacho tapped in to score his first goal of the season. Manchester United defenders yet again remained clueless.
The game got its much needed energy after City's second goal as this Manchester United increased the tempo of their game.
United's much improved show helped them to secure one goal back after new signing Claudio Bravo made a blunder by failing to catch a lob made by Wayne Rooney inside the penalty box.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic capitalised the situation and netter the equaliser with a trademark calm finish. The teams went into the break with the scoreline favouring Pep Guardiola.
Jose Mourinho made a wise decision by bringing in Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera in the beginning of second half substituting Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jese Lingard. Both the players had a nightmare of a game.
Rashford as usual continued his fine run of form as he continuously imposed a threat on Manchester City's goal.
City on the other hand played a composed game in the second half as they kept possession and control of the game.
The game finally ended with the scoreline 2-1 in favour of the Cityzens. Guardiola increase his winning streak against fierce rival Jose Mourinho.