Manchester City opened up a sizeable eleven-point gap on second-placed Manchester United with victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Once again, Pep Guardiola got one over on old rival Jose Mourinho as the visitor’s maintained their 100% away record in the league, twice going ahead in their 2-1 victory in the Manchester derby.
It’s a win that City will feel that they fully deserved. Having dominated possession and territory for the first half, they finally broke the deadlock two minutes before half time as David Silva capitalised on some poor United defending to volley past David De Gea.
Suspect play at the back would turn into something of a recurring theme in this match as poor control from Fabian Delph allowed Marcus Rashford to ensure that the sides went in level at the break.
City restored their lead ten minutes after the restart through defender Nicolas Otamendi, and goalkeeper Ederson Moraes proved to be the hero with just minutes remaining as he pulled off a fine double-save to deny Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata what would have been a huge equaliser.
Fifteen wins and a draw now for Guardiola and his side, eleven points clear of Mourinho and United. It’s left many on social media wondering if the destination of this year’s Premier League title has already been decided:
MANCHESTER IS ? pic.twitter.com/4trQZQJgOW
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017
Manchester City win 2-1 – on a different level to a very pedestrian Manchester United. Ederson indebted to keeper Ederson for that astonishing late double save. 11 pts. clear. Title over?
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) December 10, 2017
Just not good enough United. In fact nowhere near good enough. City quality!!
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) December 10, 2017
That’s the title race over this season. Pep Guardiola’s side are heads and shoulders above everybody else.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) December 10, 2017
Can’t see anyone catching City now. Title race could well be over by Christmas
— Daniel Cutting (@dcfreestyle) December 10, 2017
Congratulations @ManCity on the title. Awful finishing and a woeful first half has cost us the league. That’s that over.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) December 10, 2017
FT Man Utd 1-2 Man City. City win 14th consecutive game in the PL to end Utd’s 40 game unbeaten home run. City 11pts clear. Title race over?
— Manish Bhasin (@_manishbhasin) December 10, 2017
Title race over in December, congrats Man City though fully deserved!
— Tass (@TassierrY) December 10, 2017
Hand the title over to Man City. It’s a wrap.
— Bheki (@JusBhekie) December 10, 2017
Season over. Title is City’s to lose. Dun cri dun beg.
— Victor A-K (@Woulk3r) December 10, 2017
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) December 10, 2017
TITLE. RACE. OVER.
Man City beat Man Utd 2-1 at Old Trafford
— Daily Star Sport (@DailyStar_Sport) December 10, 2017
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