Manchester City are threatening to swat Manchester United at the Etihad on Saturday evening, putting one hand on the Premier League title in the process.
Pep Guardiola’s side need three points against their fierce rivals in order to officially end the Premier League title race this evening – and they are on course to do just that with a storming opening half-hour.
City fans were incensed when they were not awarded a penalty early on when it looked as though Ashley Young had used his hand to prevent Raheem Sterling from tapping home the opener, but soon put that sense of injustice out their collective minds when captain Vincent Kompany rose to head home a corner with 25 minutes on the clock.
City’s lead was doubled just six minutes later, as Ilkay Gundogan turned beautifully to create space for himself and slot home past David De Gea to send the home fans into dreamland:
Man United, who started the match relatively brightly, have been shocked by the double-salvo and, but for some bits of wastefulness from Raheem Sterling, could have seen this match dead and buried as a contest before half time.
As it is, they have a mountain to climb to ensure that this will not be a day of celebration for their most bitter rivals with six Premier League games to spare.