EPL: City edge out Man U, move 11 points clear

David Silva

Manchester City picked up a record-equalling 14th Premier League victory in a row by edging out rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Citizens were pegged back at the end of a first half that they dominated, with Marcus Rashford cancelling out David Silva’s opener, but Nicolas Otamendi found a key winner for the Citizens 54 minutes in.
Victory lifts City 11 point clear over their opponents at the top of the league table, while also putting them level with Arsenal’s record of 14-successive wins set between February and August 2002.
Gabriel Jesus, preferred to the benched Sergio Aguero, tested David de Gea down low 15 minutes in and did likewise soon after once gliding past Marcos Rojo.
There was also half a chance for David Silva, whose angled shot deflected into the hands of his compatriot, but the Citizens finally had something to show for their dominance shortly before the break.
After De Gea brilliantly tipped Leroy Sane’s bullet shot over the crossbar, United fell asleep at the corner and Silva was there to sweep the ball home from close range.
United had failed to muster a single shooting chance up until that point, though they responded well to the setback as Anthony Martial got an effort in and Marcus Rashford then converted from his side’s first big chance.
A cross into the box was missed by both Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph, allowing Rashford to slot home an equaliser against the run of play in first-half stoppage time.
Lukaku thrashed at the ball when defending a set piece, hitting it straight into a teammate and gifting Otamendi the chance to make it two goals in two league games with a close-range volley via the rebound.
Late chances would arrive, though, as Lukaku was denied from six yards and substitute Juan Mata from even closer range in a big double save from Ederson.