Manchester City went back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United in a thrilling derby at the Etihad.

City were more dominant than the final score suggested. They were cruising after early first and second half goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, only for but rush of blood from United keeper Ederson which make things interesting.

The Brazilian keeper raced out and brought down substitute Romelu Lukaku, who had only been on for a minute, allowing Anthony Martial to score the resulting spot kick with their first shot on target.

It made for a fascinating last half-hour, yet nothing less than three points, which put City back on top of the table after Liverpool briefly held top spot following their 2-0 win over Fulham earlier in the day, would have been justice.

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Manchester City’s David Silva celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game

Slow starts have plagued Manchester United this season and they again appeared to be asleep in the first five minutes. They had not touched the ball when Bernardo Silva was allowed the space to shoot from 22 yards, only to see the effort go wide of the post.

City opened up United down the left flank soon after when Fernandinho slid a pass into the feet of David Silva in the left inside channel. The Spaniard cut the ball back for Aguero but the ball was narrowly behind and he failed to connect with the ball.

Then Fernandinho had a drive at goal from distance himself, sending his attempt harmlessly wide of the post.

It was attack versus defence in the opening exchanges and United caved in after 12 minutes. Raheem Sterling opened up down the left flank and his cross caused havoc, but referee Anthony Taylor played a good advantage when Chris Smalling held back Aguero. Bernardo Silva retrieved the ball at the far post and turned it back, where David Silva controlled and blasted into the net for his seventh goal of the season.

Sterling was allowed plenty of freedom when Ander Herrera made an error, but after a step over, he failed to find the finish, the England man eventually being crowded out.

United offered little in response, although John Stones felt the full force of a Martial shot which caught him below the belt. With Stones on the floor, Ashley Young floated a cross into the box for Chris Smalling to attack, but he could only guide his effort harmlessly over the bar.

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