Manchester City had an undisputed dominance last season in English football as they thoroughly led the league standings and broke several records en route to clinching the silverware with 100 points, 19 more than closest competitions Manchester United.
The Red Devils finished runners-up under Jose Mourinho but were no match to their ‘noisy neighbors’ who, under Pep Guardiola, hammered all the counterparts securing 32 wins out of 38 fixtures. They lost only twice in the league – a nerve-racking 4-3 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield and a shocking 2-3 outcome against the Red Devils at Etihad despite having a 2-0 lead at half-time. This result refrained the Citizens from sealing Premier League glory back in April defeating their city rivals, however, they already secured the silverware in December in the aftermath of a thrilling 1-2 win at Old Trafford.
That famous victory in Manchester Derby handed them an 11-point advantage at the Theatre of Dreams and Guardiola, the City gaffer, glorified his players saying “You killed them while playing football” following the jubilant outcome as shown in the Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’.
“We travelled there to our neighbors and showed what we are. And you did it, guys, that’s why you deserve all my respect. It’s all in our hands. Only Manchester City can lose the Premier League right now.”
Further added the Spaniard stating his men ‘outstanding’ who had a lead via David Silva late in the first-half which, however, was compensated by Marcus Rashford in the stoppage time. City restored the lead minutes after the break when Nicolas Otamendi found the back of the net from a set-piece situation and the visitors kept hold of the lead to claim all three points.
Both the teams, meanwhile, have enjoyed a winning start of the new Premier League season, but the lengthy knee injury of Kevin De Bruyne might result in great impact for the Citizens as the Belgian has been their driving force in recent years and the Red Devils will look to capitalize on City’s concern to seek a revenge by snapping up the English crown.