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Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool were all delivered with highly favourable draws in the last-16 of the Champions League – although there will be less cause for celebration at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Even so there is a very real prospect that all five Premier League clubs could make it through to the quarter-finals. Chelsea appear to have been delivered the trickiest task as they were drawn against Barcelona - and will play at the Nou Camp in the second leg - for the first time since they triumphed in the semi-finals on their way to winning the Champions League in 2012. Barcelona will not relish facing Chelsea, either, although the English club will be kicking themselves. Had they won their group they would be facing Shakhtar Donestk, who have been drawn with Roma. For Spurs the reward for winning their group is a first meeting in European competition with last season’s finalists, Juventus, who are currently only third in Serie A but have a rich pedigree of success in this competition. Spurs, as a group winner, will play their second leg at home, at Wembley. 0 - Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times without scoring a single goal from 29 shots; his worst record against a single club during his career. Hex. #UCLDrawpic.twitter.com/PDe4GOndTQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 11, 2017 ���� Que será, será Whatever will be, will be We’re going to Wembley! Que será, será ���� pic.twitter.com/6CzPU6vzYe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 11, 2017 The draw was far more kind to United – who were paired with Sevilla, who finished second in Liverpool’s group, and who they have never faced before. Liverpool were drawn against Porto, while City will be pleased that they will face Basel, with the Swiss runners-up to United in their group. The showpiece draw of the round is undoubtedly the holders Real Madrid, who were runners-up to Spurs, against Paris Saint-Germain give the scale, ambition and squads the clubs have. Not least with Kylian Mbappe having chosen PSG ahead of Real last summer. There will be nervousness at PSG that their coach, Unai Emery, has never won at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final tie is Bayern Munich against Besiktas. Get the latest Champions Leagues odds with Genting Bet >> Fixture details will appear here as clubs confirm dates and times:   11:41AM Happy days As for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - things have gone pretty well there haven't they? Basel were the easiest side available and City should brush them aside with minimal fuss. Sevill are currently fifth in La Liga and United will fully expect to see them off. Liverpool will not have things all their way against a Porto side top of their league and unbeaten domestically in 14 games. However, the Portuguese side only managed to finish second in a Champions League group won by Besiktas. 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery pictured during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, on December 4, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery pictured during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, on December 4, 2017 (AFP Photo/Guenter SCHIFFMANN)

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery pictured during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, on December 4, 2017

Bayern threaten legal action over Leno transfer rumours

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No thanks, Lewandowski! Major League Soccer is no longer a retirement league

The Bayern Munich striker has been linked with an eventual move to LA, but he will need to make the transfer in his prime if he wants to succeed

No thanks, Lewandowski! Major League Soccer is no longer a retirement league

The Bayern Munich striker has been linked with an eventual move to LA, but he will need to make the transfer in his prime if he wants to succeed

No thanks, Lewandowski! Major League Soccer is no longer a retirement league

The Bayern Munich striker has been linked with an eventual move to LA, but he will need to make the transfer in his prime if he wants to succeed

Champions League: What to Expect from a Mouthwatering Knockout Stage

Real Madrid, the 12-time European champion, will play Paris St-Germain, who broke the world transfer record in the summer, in the pick of the Champions League last-16 ties that were drawn on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. There will also be a renewal of rivalries for Barcelona and Chelsea when the knockout stage begins in February.

Here's a breakdown of all eight ties.

JUVENTUS v TOTTENHAM

Last season was dismal for Tottenham in Europe, but it has learned quickly. Whereas previously it seemed they could only win games by dominating the ball, this season they have developed and recorded three wins and a draw from four games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund having less than 50% possession in each game. The squad, though, is slim, so much will depend on who is available come February. It never looks as solid at the back without Toby Alderweireld who is expected back early in the New Year following his hamstring injury. Their manager Mauricio Pochettino had said that after playing Madrid and Dortmund, the draw could not be tougher. Perhaps not, but it is probably equally tough.

The first half of this season has felt like something of a struggle for Juve as it adapts to life after Leonardo Bonucci, but such matters are relative. Although last season’s losing finalists were held to a goalless draw at home by Inter on Saturday, its win away to Napoli suggested a side returning to form. At home, particularly, it remains formidable, having lost only two games in Turin since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

BASEL v MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City began the season in extraordinary form, breaking goalscoring records over the first dozen league games of the season, partly because of the signings the club had made in the summer and partly because players who struggled at times with Pep Guardiola’s methods last season have adapted to his philosophy. Victory away to Manchester United on Sunday took it 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League; it can afford to rest players to prioritize the Champions League. Raheem Sterling has been in the form of his life, while Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer great variety and creativity. Defensive concerns, however, remain. The Swiss champion Basel is at this stage for the first time in three years. It has a habit of unsettling English sides, eliminating Manchester United from the Champions League in 2011-12 and beating Tottenham on penalties in the Europa League quarter-final a year later. Its coach Raphael Wicky has benefited from relative stability, with few outgoings and the only major arrival that of the Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. He hasn’t played since the end of September, though, and the sense is that Basel has become a better-balanced side as a result, with the right-winger Michael Lang emerging as a key presence.

PORTO v LIVERPOOL

No Premier League side has ever scored more in the group stage than the 23 Liverpool managed. Its front four of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah gives the impression of being able to blow any side away with its pace and invention but Liverpool’s problem is that if sides can get through the press and can attack it is extremely vulnerable – as Everton demonstrated in pinching a draw on Sunday. When it concedes goals it tends to concede in batches: four times this season Liverpool has conceded three or more in a game. Porto leads the Portuguese league on goal difference from Sporting and in the end made it through the group relatively comfortably. Only Sevilla of the sides who made it to this stage conceded more goals, but Vincent Aboubakar, who scored the winner for Cameroon in the Cup of Nations final in February, has begun the season in such form that he can turn a game with a half-chance. The sides have been drawn together twice before, in the Uefa Cup in 2000-01 and in the Champions League in 2007-08. On both occasions , Liverpool won at Anfield and drew in Portugal.

SEVILLA v MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United qualified comfortably enough for the last 16, the one game in which it dropped points, the away game in Basel, the result of sloppiness rather than anything else. As ever, Jose Mourinho has improved his side significantly in its second season. United has proved capable of playing with both a back three and a back four this season, it has the tallest side left in the competition meaning it can physically dominate sides and when Paul Pogba is on form, his link up with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard offers a fluency that has been missing from United for some time. Sevilla is another example of what feels like a very modern trait in football. Going forward it can be devastating, but get beyond that and it's extremely vulnerable defensively – no side who made the last 16 conceded more than the 12 it did. The club let in four against Valencia and five against both Spartak Moscow and Real Madrid. It also gave up a three-goal start to Liverpool at home before coming back to draw 3-3. Mourinho had said he is “never lucky in draws” but this could have been a lot worse.

REAL MADRID v PARIS ST-GERMAIN

The stand out as tie of the round: the old money against the nouveaux riches. PSG sets a new record for goals scored during the group stage, banging in 25 in six games, and it's streets clear in Ligue Un. It responded to last season’s collapse against Barcelona in the last 16 by agreeing record-breaking deals to being in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and the result has been a side capable of spectacular attacking football. The question, though, is over their defense which is so rarely tested that it’s very hard to assess. The way it leaked goals in losing its final group game 3-1 to Bayern – when a four-goal defeat would have seen it lose top spot – only added to the concerns.

The defending champion, the first side to win the tournament in successive seasons since the change to the Champions League format, has begun the season slowly. Madrid was well-beaten by Tottenham at Wembley and has dozed through a number of games this season. But then it was the same last season and still won both league and Champions League. Whatever questions remain about Zinedine Zidane’s tactical acumen, it has such attacking quality – plus Luka Modric to knit everything together - that it can never be written off. The sides have only been drawn together once before, in the group stage in 2015-16 when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Nacho scored the only goal at the Bernabeu.

SHAKHTAR v ROMA

When Roma was outplayed at home by Atletico Madrid in its opening group game, clinging on for a 0-0 draw, the suspicion was that it would take new coach Eusebio Di Francesco time to adapt to the Champions League. As it turned out, that process of adaptation didn’t take long at all. Although it lost in Madrid, Roma didn’t concede at all at home and took four points off Chelsea, coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge and hammering the Premier League side 3-0 at home. Considering what Shakhtar has been through, having to relocate to Kharkiv because of the war in Donetsk, to reach this stage is a remarkable achievement. This side remains based around Brazilian imports, but that process has stalled with no new signings from Brazil in four years. The fear was that the departure of Mircea Lucescu last year would undermine it, but its enjoyed a new lease of life under Paulo Fonseca, who dressed up as Zorro to celebrate the team's progress from the group stage.

CHELSEA v BARCELONA

When Barcelona was beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup this looked like being a season of toil. It lost Neymar over the summer while the player it brought in to replace him, Ousmane Dembele, was soon ruled out with a serious hamstring problem. He should be back by the time the knockouts begin. Yet the crisis never materialized as Lionel Messi, seemingly fired by anger at the mess of a summer, inspired the Spanish giants to the top of la Liga. With Antonio Conte having effectively written off the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat away to West Ham, the Champions League probably becomes the focus as it’s a trophy Conte has never won but for all the doubts about how Juve performed in the competition under him, Chelsea produced its best performance of the season, perhaps even its best performance under the Italian. There is a reliance on Eden Hazard and, to a lesser extent, Alvaro Morata but, with everybody fit, Chelsea will be a threat. The sides have developed a strange long-distance rivalry over seven ties (and 15 games), most notably in Champions League semi-finals. In 2009, Andres Iniesta scored an injury-time equalizer in a controversial second leg at Stamford Bridge to take Barca through; three years later, Chelsea ground out a 1-0 at home before drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou on its way to the trophy.

BESIKTAS v BAYERN MUNICH

After a difficult start to the season that saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked, Bayern has improved dramatically since Jupp Heynckes took over. The German team is well-clear at the top of the Bundesliga and, while nobody would suggest its playing in the way they did when they won the trophy in 2013, Heynckes has always reached at least the final in three seasons with Bayern, and there is a sense that its slowly improving. Bayern misses its inspirational goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is expected to be out till April with a broken bone in his foot but both Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara should be back in time for the first leg, The Turkish champion was arguably the revelations of the group stage, passing unbeaten through six games and winning all three away matches. Senol Gunes’s side are ideally set up to play on the break, with a well-balanced front three. Ricardo Quaresma stays wide on the right, Cenk Tosun is a mobile centre-forward who offers an aerial threat, and Ryan Babel is dangerous coming on off the left flank to attack the back post.

Heynckes wary of Besiktas threat

The Bayern Munich boss is insistent that the club must be at their very best to progress in the Champions League

Heynckes wary of Besiktas threat

The Bayern Munich boss is insistent that the club must be at their very best to progress in the Champions League

Heynckes wary of Besiktas threat

Jupp Heynckes knows Besiktas pose a real threat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League after the two sides were drawn together.

5 things you didn't know...Bayern will lead at halfway once more

Bayern Munich are the leaders at the mid-season break once more, a feat they've managed that seven times in a row.

5 things you didn't know...Bayern will lead at halfway once more

Bayern Munich are the leaders at the mid-season break once more, a feat they've managed that seven times in a row.

5 things you didn't know...Bayern will lead at halfway once more

Bayern Munich are the leaders at the mid-season break once more, a feat they've managed that seven times in a row.

Champions League Round of 16: Chelsea Faces Barcelona, Real Madrid Lands PSG

The Champions League Round of 16 draw took place on Monday at the home of UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and rewarded us with some attracting fixtures including defending champion Real Madrid taking on star-studded Paris Saint-Germain and a return of a classic between Chelsea and Barcelona.

Other mouthwatering matchups include Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus and Liverpool vs FC Porto. Manchester City was handed a less complicated route as Pep Guardiola’s team faces Basel, while United travels to Sevilla.

The ceremony was held by UEFA’s deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti,, UEFA’s head of club competitions, Michael Heselschwerdt and former Spain international, Xabi Alonso.

The first four legs take place on February 13 and 14, while the next four the following week. As it is customary, the group winners are away in the first leg.

The return matches are held in March (6,7 and 13/14) After the matches are completed, the draw for the quarter-finals take place on Friday 16.

Here is the full list:

Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur

Basel vs Manchester City

FC Porto vs Liverpool

Sevilla vs Manchester United

Real Madrid vs PSG

Shakhtar Donetsk vs AS Roma

Chelsea vs Barcelona

Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

Champions League draw, round of 16: live updates

Bet on the 2017/2018 Champions League and get £10 first bet insurance with Genting Bet Chelsea vs Barcelona, Tottenham vs Juventus Man City vs Basel, Liverpool vs Porto Manchester United vs Sevilla 11:35AM We meet again The other cracker involving an English side is Spurs against Juventus. Mauricio Pochettino's side played the Italians in pre-season and beat them 2-0 at Wembley. Another nailed on English victory then... Of course, the overwhelming tie of the round is Real Madrid vs PSG. The two sides were first and third in the pre-draw betting to lift the trophy in May, but one of them will not even make it to the quarter-finals. The two teams faced each other in the 2015/16 group stage when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Real triumphed 1-0 at home. The French side are a rather different prospect nowadays though. Another tough test but afer beating Madrid there will be no fear. Let's make sure we get Wembley rocking ����— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) December 11, 2017 Real Madrid v PSG, Chelsea v Barcelona and Spurs v Juventus are mouth-watering ties in the last 16 of the Champions League. Ooooft!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2017 11:26AM Reaction Well, from an English perspective that Chelsea tie against Barcelona is the tastiest. This is the sixth time those two sides have been drawn against each other in the Champions League knockout stages (plus one time they were in the same group). The overall knockout stage score since the turn of the century is: Barcelona 3 Chelsea 2. 11:21AM Full draw Juventus vs Tottenham Basel vs Manchester City Porto vs Liverpool Sevilla vs Manchester United Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Chelsea vs Barcelona Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game eight Bayern Munich vs Besiktas 11:19AM Round of 16 - game seven Chelsea vs Barcelona 11:18AM Round of 16 - game six Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma 11:17AM Round of 16 - game five Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 11:16AM Round of 16 - game four Sevilla vs Manchester United 11:16AM Round of 16 - game three Porto vs Liverpool 11:15AM Round of 16 - game two Basel vs Manchester City 11:14AM Round of 16 - game one Juventus vs Tottenham 11:12AM And it's live The draw has begun. Sort of. A man in a suit is currently - and incredibly tediously - running through the rules, regulations and permutations. 11:04AM Favourites It's almost draw time. Which team would you least like to face in the next round? Paris St-Germain are fairly short-priced favourites to succeed Real Madrid as champions, followed in the betting Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. If you fancy a flutter on Basel you can find odds of 300/1 knocking about. Real Madrid celebrate their 2016/17 Champions League success Credit: afp 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Champions League draw, round of 16: live updates

Bet on the 2017/2018 Champions League and get £10 first bet insurance with Genting Bet 10:53AM One year on This time last year there were only three English sides in the Champions League draw. Two of them had advanced as group winners - Arsenal and Leicester City. Manchester City joined them as runners-up. Arsenal and Leicester City are absent this time around, but it is a rather different outlook for the Premier League with England providing five of the 16 teams still remaining: England - 5 teams Spain - 3 teams Italy - 2 teams Germany, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, Turkey - 1 team 10:37AM Bring them on Speaking of Tottenham's potential opponents, Mauricio Pochettino gave some interesting quotes this weekend when asked about who he would prefer to face in the last 16. On the one hand you have Bayern Munich or Juventus. On the other you have Basel, Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams. I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams. You can see the game against Real Madrid. I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy. Do we believe him? 10:32AM Deserved reward For four of the five Premier League clubs in today's draw, they have the luxury of knowing that they are in the seeded section of the pot as group winners. Which, in theory, should mean an easy ride. And yet... Having gone undefeated in a group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs could now find themselves facing Bayern Munich or Juventus in the first knockout round. The same fate might await Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. 10:20AM A numbers game How much could Chelsea failure to beat Atletico Madrid in their final group stage cost them? Win and they would have advanced top of the group. But draw - as they did 1-1 - and they would finish runners-up. Which now means a 41 per cent of facing Barcelona in the next round. Allow mathematician JulienGuyon to provide such insight: Here are the CORRECT #draw#probabilities for the round of 16 of the #ChampionsLeague, based on 4,000,000 simulations of the OFFICIAL DRAW PROCEDURE (which is quite complicated). Watch how likely Barcelona-Chelsea is: 41.3%! Then PSG-CHE & BES-CHE at 29.4% pic.twitter.com/PPpACBMdkt— Julien Guyon (@julienguyon1977) December 9, 2017 10:04AM Draw preview What is it? This is the draw for the last-16 stage of the Champions League. When is it? The draw will take place on Monday, December 11, 2017. What time is kick-off? The balls will be drawn at 11am (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland. You can follow all the action right here when this page turns into our live blog. Which English teams are involved? All five Premier League sides that entered European football's elite competition advanced through the group stage. That means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will all take place in the last-16 draw. Chelsea were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their group. Chelsea drew their final group match against Atletico Madrid Credit: getty images Here is the full list of the 32 teams who will go into the pot: Group winners:  Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. How does the draw work? Two seeding pots will be formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. No team can play a club from their initial Champions League group or any side from their own country. Seeded group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 13/14 and 20/21 February and at home in the return matches on 6/7 and 13/14 March. Who can the Premier League sides face? Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham : Bayern Munich, Basel, Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Man Utd 1 Man City 2: United outclassed by slick David Silva as City surge 11 points clear in title race

Those noisy neighbours were at it again. Too noisy, apparently, for Jose Mourinho who asked Manchester City to turn down the tunes as they celebrated in the away dressing room after a victory which extended their Premier League lead to a seemingly insurmountable 11 points. Mourinho had liquids thrown at him, it appears, and went on to cry over spilt milk - lashing out at how “lucky” City were. But after the rinsing his team had taken out on the pitch, it did not wash. It is mid-December, the snow is falling and, with it, all City’s rivals have surely drifted away with second-placed Manchester United the last to drop as they lost the 175th Manchester derby and were schooled, at times, by Pep Guardiola’s team. City are also 14 points in front of champions Chelsea and 16 ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool. Their 46 points would have secured them a top-eight finish last season. And that is over 38 games, not 16. It will take some collapse to blow it. What will hurt more for United and their supporters is that – the brilliant David Silva apart – City were not even at their best to win this encounter and gain a 14th successive league victory, a Premier League record. This was also their fourth league game in a row won 2-1. In doing so they ended United’s proud record of 40 home matches without defeat – they needed one more to go ahead of Sir Matt Busby’s United in 1966 – a sequence that started in September last year. After City won here, how that will hurt. David Silva pirouettes to hook in City's opener Credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images Afterwards it was peak Mourinho with the United manager declaring we can all bring out “stats” and “football theory” and how the game apparently hinged on a penalty appeal that was turned away when Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge. Given Mourinho’s pre-match warning that City were a team of divers, how ironic it was that Herrera was the only player booked for simulation. Mourinho even said he felt “sorry” for referee Michael Oliver, but enough Jose, enough. United were well beaten and he was bested – once more – by Guardiola. The City manager’s response? “We were better,” he said. And they were; all over the pitch. There was even another irony in that having been so fretful over United’s threat from set-pieces, City should score both their goals by that means. Plus there were two horrible interventions by Romelu Lukaku, with the United striker providing inadvertent ‘assists’ to City before he had even touched the ball inside the opposition area. When he did, late on, he forced an incredible save from Ederson as he drove a powerful close-range shot that struck the goalkeeper in the throat. Even then the Brazilian reacted quickly enough to turn away the follow-up from substitute Juan Mata. It was a double-save of David de Gea dimensions. If United had claimed a point it would have felt like a victory given how they were dominated and out-played in the first half. Without the suspended Paul Pogba, Mourinho had set them up with four attacking players – Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard – but only with the intention of trying to spring quickly on the counter-attack. It did not work as his team were under constant pressure, hurried into playing the ball long and spending most of their time trying to track the deceptive movement of City’s inter-changeable front three of Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. Ederson blocks Lukaku's late shot and regained his feet swiftly ... Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson ... to block Mata's effort from the rebound Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire “Park the bus, park the bus, Man United,” sang the gleeful City fans, as their team played deep in United’s half, and there were murmurs of discontent from the home supporters, desperate for their team to do more. There was even a brief ripple of “attack, attack, attack” but it was City who did that when Silva floated the ball from the left to Sane who cushioned it on his thigh and fired a rising shot that De Gea did well to tip over. But the danger was not gone. From the corner, Nicolas Otamendi rose alongside Lukaku with the ball rebounding off the Belgian’s chest and dropping to Silva who quickly hooked it past De Gea and into the net from close range. City were in front. It was almost half-time but, finally, it did trigger a United reaction with Marcos Rojo crossing deep from the left and Otamendi mis-timing his attempt to clear, as the ball went over his head. Maybe it distracted Fabian Delph behind him because the stand-in left-back allowed the ball to skim off his chest and run to Rashford who coolly steered a low shot back across Ederson, who had strayed too far to his left, and inside the far post. Surely that would change the dynamic? City had dominated but were not in front. United had struggled but were level and they did briefly appear more ambitious in the second half until Herrera needlessly gave away a free-kick. Silva took it but it ran through to Lukaku, who had time and space to clear, but he hurriedly half-volleyed the ball, smacking Chris Smalling in the back, and it rebounded to Otamendi who smashed it past De Gea. It knocked the stuffing – what was left – out of United and even the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not boost them with Guardiola cleverly bringing on Eliaquim Mangala and using Silva as a ‘false nine’. Kevin De Bruyne went close, forcing a fine, low save from De Gea, before Ederson saved from Rashford and then excelled with his double-stop. Manchester United vs Manchester City player ratings Right at the end, though, it was substitute Bernardo Silva who went close as, maddeningly for United, City played keep-ball deep in their opponent’s half. Guardiola hailed his team’s courage - “because they want to play,” he said – although Mourinho tried to milk it, he had no answer. 6:50PM Jose Mourinho speaks Clear penalty. Sorry for us, sorry for Michael [Oliver]. The referee made a mistake which can happen. Last season we had a similar situation, Mr Clattenburg did not give a clear penalty Bravo on Rooney. The referee is a human being, he tried his best. He had a good match but he made one mistake. City scored two very bad goals, unbelievable to concede. When you concede goals like these in a match of this dimension you feel very bad. Rebounds. Too easy goals. We did good things, we did bad things. Credit to them for the good qualities they have in the principle of play. I think they are a very good team, they are lucky and have decisions in their favour.  Everyone will fight for points to close the distance but [City have] a very good lead, yes.  6:28PM Full time City remain unbeaten and go 11 points clear. They played wonderfully at times but scored two scrappy goals and needed Ederson to preserve their victory with a brilliant double save from Lukaku and Mata. United just couldn't keep the ball. Of course, that's not part of Mourinho's requirements but they needed to be more clinical when they did have it and made the breaks than they were. Lukaku looks low on confidence and form and was at fault for City's two goals, though may have been fouled for the first.   6:25PM 90+4 min Now De Brune lofts a glorious 60-yard crossfield pass straight into Bernardo's stride and he's clear through but take sit too wide and narrows the angle too acutely to beat De Gea.  6:24PM 90+3 min City break, Sterling rolls it to his left in the box and Bernardo topples over. Mourinho immediately gestures that he dived but there's no punishment.    6:24PM 90+2 min This goes on for a couple of minutes until De Bruyne bashes a pass out. United go long from the goalkick but can't win it. De Bruyne is caught by Matic in the face and the referee orders a restart.  6:22PM 90+1 min Bernardo joins in, using United's shins as rebound boards to keep them pinned into the right corner.  6:21PM 89 min He stays in the corner and eventually earns a corner. There will be four minutes added.  6:21PM 88 min Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for 'Rom' but 'he has to hit the back of the net'.  City head to the corner where an exasperated Young boots Sterling across the shins. Free kick.  6:19PM 86 min City substitution: Sane off, Bernardo on.  6:18PM 84 min Brilliant double save from Ederson. Lukaku volleys it through the six-yard box into the keeper's face. He made himself huge then sprang up to block Mata's effort with the rebound from similarly close quarters. Once more Mangala helped by playing close attention to Lukaku.  6:14PM 83 min Ibrahimovic is penalised for challenging Otamendi robustly in the air but City make a mess of the free-kick and cede possession. Mata holds his run but is still called offside. Not sure he was.  6:13PM 82 min Lukaku is having a mare. At fault for both goals and his execution when put through has been shonky to say the least. Now he misdirects a headed pas to surrender possession. Mata comes on for Ander Herrera 6:11PM 80 min When the ball comes back into the box Ander Herrera dives over Otamendi's foot and is booked for cheating.  6:10PM 78 min Martial plays in Lukaku down the left of the box with a cute pass but the centre-forward is closed down immediately by Mangala who sticks with him and stays close until he loses control. Superb defending again.  6:08PM 76 min Ibrahimovic on for Lingard in time for the corner that is well defended and when the ball is recycled by United out to the right, Rashford is trapped offside.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 76 min)   6:07PM 75 min Mistake from Delph dealing with Matic's long ball. He kicks fresh air and lets Rashford through on the right. He puts his laces through a shot from 20 yards and Ederson dives down to his left to tip it round the post.  6:05PM 74 min David Silva is booked on the totting up principle after a hack at Matic.  6:04PM 73 min David Silva goes in hard on Ander Herrera with a kick on the inside of his right ankle but gets away with it. 'He's just no that kind of player' etc. Earlier Lingard was flattened as he tried to shimmy into the box. Gundogan bundled into him and he went flying ... too easily.  6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

Mauricio Pochettino keen to face big guns in Champions League draw

With a meagre Stoke City safely dispatched and a four-game Premier League winless streak brought to a satisfying end, Tottenham Hotspur will approach Monday’s Champions League draw with a renewed sense of chutzpah. Such was the lightening of the mood at Wembley that manager Mauricio Pochettino, emboldened by this five-goal schooling and the memory of their group-stage ­victory over Real Madrid, was even feeling optimistic enough to declare his preference for a meeting with another European giant. “I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams.” Having already laid waste to Europe’s finest, Tottenham could on Monday be drawn against Juventus, the champions of Italy, or Bayern Munich, the best team in Germany. “You can see the game against Real Madrid,” Pochettino said. “I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. “We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy.” Tottenham comfortably saw off Stoke at Wembley Credit: Getty Images It felt at times like it was that energy, as much as anything, that so shocked Tottenham’s European opponents and propelled them to the knockout stage of the competition. After all, did anyone at Spurs ­really expect the club to top a group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund? “Probably not,” said Harry Kane, who scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year against Stoke. “I think the first thought was to try to get through. To finish on the most points out of everyone in the whole of the group stage was pretty impressive and that’s the kind of form we have to show in every game.” It is certainly the form they showed against this obliging Stoke side, who have now conceded more goals in the Premier League than any other team this season. As well as Kane’s brace, there was an own goal from Ryan Shawcross, a strike from Christian Eriksen and a fine finish from Son Heung-min, the game’s standout player. Harry Kane scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year Credit: Getty Images Son has largely flown under the radar at Tottenham, especially compared to the more garlanded names of Kane, Dele Alli and Eriksen, but he appears to be an increasingly dominant force in this attack and has now scored in three consecutive matches. Asked if the South Korean was underrated, Kane said: “It is down to you guys and how much you talk about him but, for me, he is a fantastic player. Maybe he does not get spoken about as much but he is making a real impact here.” A Shawcross consolation goal gave the Stoke fans something to cheer at the end, but this was as abject as it gets for a side that has now conceded 12 goals in trips to Manchester City and Spurs this season. Son Heung-min produced a man-of-the-match showing against Stoke Credit: AFP It could have been even worse were it not for a series of excellent saves from goalkeeper Jack Butland, whose push for an England starting place has been boosted by David Moyes’s decision to drop Joe Hart at West Ham. “Just because someone isn’t playing doesn’t mean I have a divine right to get the shirt,” Butland said. “You still have to prove you deserve it, so that’s not changed my outlook. “At no point does it get personal. When it gets personal it’s with the manager if you are picked or dropped. “If I am playing, I fully expect the others to back me up, like I would back them up, because it’s a dog-eat-dog world and nobody wants to see people fail. “There is no malice there. I have known Joe for a long time, I love Joe. I don’t like to see bad things happen to him because we all experience ups and downs and he has been there for me when I have had mine, and I’ll be there for him.”

Mauricio Pochettino keen to face big guns in Champions League draw

With a meagre Stoke City safely dispatched and a four-game Premier League winless streak brought to a satisfying end, Tottenham Hotspur will approach Monday’s Champions League draw with a renewed sense of chutzpah. Such was the lightening of the mood at Wembley that manager Mauricio Pochettino, emboldened by this five-goal schooling and the memory of their group-stage ­victory over Real Madrid, was even feeling optimistic enough to declare his preference for a meeting with another European giant. “I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams.” Having already laid waste to Europe’s finest, Tottenham could on Monday be drawn against Juventus, the champions of Italy, or Bayern Munich, the best team in Germany. “You can see the game against Real Madrid,” Pochettino said. “I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. “We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy.” Tottenham comfortably saw off Stoke at Wembley Credit: Getty Images It felt at times like it was that energy, as much as anything, that so shocked Tottenham’s European opponents and propelled them to the knockout stage of the competition. After all, did anyone at Spurs ­really expect the club to top a group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund? “Probably not,” said Harry Kane, who scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year against Stoke. “I think the first thought was to try to get through. To finish on the most points out of everyone in the whole of the group stage was pretty impressive and that’s the kind of form we have to show in every game.” It is certainly the form they showed against this obliging Stoke side, who have now conceded more goals in the Premier League than any other team this season. As well as Kane’s brace, there was an own goal from Ryan Shawcross, a strike from Christian Eriksen and a fine finish from Son Heung-min, the game’s standout player. Harry Kane scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year Credit: Getty Images Son has largely flown under the radar at Tottenham, especially compared to the more garlanded names of Kane, Dele Alli and Eriksen, but he appears to be an increasingly dominant force in this attack and has now scored in three consecutive matches. Asked if the South Korean was underrated, Kane said: “It is down to you guys and how much you talk about him but, for me, he is a fantastic player. Maybe he does not get spoken about as much but he is making a real impact here.” A Shawcross consolation goal gave the Stoke fans something to cheer at the end, but this was as abject as it gets for a side that has now conceded 12 goals in trips to Manchester City and Spurs this season. Son Heung-min produced a man-of-the-match showing against Stoke Credit: AFP It could have been even worse were it not for a series of excellent saves from goalkeeper Jack Butland, whose push for an England starting place has been boosted by David Moyes’s decision to drop Joe Hart at West Ham. “Just because someone isn’t playing doesn’t mean I have a divine right to get the shirt,” Butland said. “You still have to prove you deserve it, so that’s not changed my outlook. “At no point does it get personal. When it gets personal it’s with the manager if you are picked or dropped. “If I am playing, I fully expect the others to back me up, like I would back them up, because it’s a dog-eat-dog world and nobody wants to see people fail. “There is no malice there. I have known Joe for a long time, I love Joe. I don’t like to see bad things happen to him because we all experience ups and downs and he has been there for me when I have had mine, and I’ll be there for him.”

Mauricio Pochettino keen to face big guns in Champions League draw

With a meagre Stoke City safely dispatched and a four-game Premier League winless streak brought to a satisfying end, Tottenham Hotspur will approach Monday’s Champions League draw with a renewed sense of chutzpah. Such was the lightening of the mood at Wembley that manager Mauricio Pochettino, emboldened by this five-goal schooling and the memory of their group-stage ­victory over Real Madrid, was even feeling optimistic enough to declare his preference for a meeting with another European giant. “I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams.” Having already laid waste to Europe’s finest, Tottenham could on Monday be drawn against Juventus, the champions of Italy, or Bayern Munich, the best team in Germany. “You can see the game against Real Madrid,” Pochettino said. “I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. “We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy.” Tottenham comfortably saw off Stoke at Wembley Credit: Getty Images It felt at times like it was that energy, as much as anything, that so shocked Tottenham’s European opponents and propelled them to the knockout stage of the competition. After all, did anyone at Spurs ­really expect the club to top a group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund? “Probably not,” said Harry Kane, who scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year against Stoke. “I think the first thought was to try to get through. To finish on the most points out of everyone in the whole of the group stage was pretty impressive and that’s the kind of form we have to show in every game.” It is certainly the form they showed against this obliging Stoke side, who have now conceded more goals in the Premier League than any other team this season. As well as Kane’s brace, there was an own goal from Ryan Shawcross, a strike from Christian Eriksen and a fine finish from Son Heung-min, the game’s standout player. Harry Kane scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year Credit: Getty Images Son has largely flown under the radar at Tottenham, especially compared to the more garlanded names of Kane, Dele Alli and Eriksen, but he appears to be an increasingly dominant force in this attack and has now scored in three consecutive matches. Asked if the South Korean was underrated, Kane said: “It is down to you guys and how much you talk about him but, for me, he is a fantastic player. Maybe he does not get spoken about as much but he is making a real impact here.” A Shawcross consolation goal gave the Stoke fans something to cheer at the end, but this was as abject as it gets for a side that has now conceded 12 goals in trips to Manchester City and Spurs this season. Son Heung-min produced a man-of-the-match showing against Stoke Credit: AFP It could have been even worse were it not for a series of excellent saves from goalkeeper Jack Butland, whose push for an England starting place has been boosted by David Moyes’s decision to drop Joe Hart at West Ham. “Just because someone isn’t playing doesn’t mean I have a divine right to get the shirt,” Butland said. “You still have to prove you deserve it, so that’s not changed my outlook. “At no point does it get personal. When it gets personal it’s with the manager if you are picked or dropped. “If I am playing, I fully expect the others to back me up, like I would back them up, because it’s a dog-eat-dog world and nobody wants to see people fail. “There is no malice there. I have known Joe for a long time, I love Joe. I don’t like to see bad things happen to him because we all experience ups and downs and he has been there for me when I have had mine, and I’ll be there for him.”

Mauricio Pochettino keen to face big guns in Champions League draw

With a meagre Stoke City safely dispatched and a four-game Premier League winless streak brought to a satisfying end, Tottenham Hotspur will approach Monday’s Champions League draw with a renewed sense of chutzpah. Such was the lightening of the mood at Wembley that manager Mauricio Pochettino, emboldened by this five-goal schooling and the memory of their group-stage ­victory over Real Madrid, was even feeling optimistic enough to declare his preference for a meeting with another European giant. “I love to play against Real Madrid, the big teams,” Pochettino said. “I love the challenge and to challenge the best as I’m a winner. I prefer to play against a big team. It’s a big test for us to play against big teams.” Having already laid waste to Europe’s finest, Tottenham could on Monday be drawn against Juventus, the champions of Italy, or Bayern Munich, the best team in Germany. “You can see the game against Real Madrid,” Pochettino said. “I prefer to play against a team that will motivate everyone rather than a team all people say you will beat easily, then it gets complicated. “We love to play against a big team and we always give that little bit extra which you need. Sometimes you want to play a big team as the people are scared a little bit and they support and help the team, and provide us with better energy.” Tottenham comfortably saw off Stoke at Wembley Credit: Getty Images It felt at times like it was that energy, as much as anything, that so shocked Tottenham’s European opponents and propelled them to the knockout stage of the competition. After all, did anyone at Spurs ­really expect the club to top a group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund? “Probably not,” said Harry Kane, who scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year against Stoke. “I think the first thought was to try to get through. To finish on the most points out of everyone in the whole of the group stage was pretty impressive and that’s the kind of form we have to show in every game.” It is certainly the form they showed against this obliging Stoke side, who have now conceded more goals in the Premier League than any other team this season. As well as Kane’s brace, there was an own goal from Ryan Shawcross, a strike from Christian Eriksen and a fine finish from Son Heung-min, the game’s standout player. Harry Kane scored his 49th and 50th goals of the calendar year Credit: Getty Images Son has largely flown under the radar at Tottenham, especially compared to the more garlanded names of Kane, Dele Alli and Eriksen, but he appears to be an increasingly dominant force in this attack and has now scored in three consecutive matches. Asked if the South Korean was underrated, Kane said: “It is down to you guys and how much you talk about him but, for me, he is a fantastic player. Maybe he does not get spoken about as much but he is making a real impact here.” A Shawcross consolation goal gave the Stoke fans something to cheer at the end, but this was as abject as it gets for a side that has now conceded 12 goals in trips to Manchester City and Spurs this season. Son Heung-min produced a man-of-the-match showing against Stoke Credit: AFP It could have been even worse were it not for a series of excellent saves from goalkeeper Jack Butland, whose push for an England starting place has been boosted by David Moyes’s decision to drop Joe Hart at West Ham. “Just because someone isn’t playing doesn’t mean I have a divine right to get the shirt,” Butland said. “You still have to prove you deserve it, so that’s not changed my outlook. “At no point does it get personal. When it gets personal it’s with the manager if you are picked or dropped. “If I am playing, I fully expect the others to back me up, like I would back them up, because it’s a dog-eat-dog world and nobody wants to see people fail. “There is no malice there. I have known Joe for a long time, I love Joe. I don’t like to see bad things happen to him because we all experience ups and downs and he has been there for me when I have had mine, and I’ll be there for him.”

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper and Germany captain Manuel Neuer atttends a press conference on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group B match against RSC Anderlecht September 11, 2017

Manchester United vs Manchester City, Premier League: live score updates

Get the best derby day betting offers: United to win (40/1) or City (30/1)    6:02PM 72 min De Bruyne thumps a left-foot shot from left of centre about 20 yards out and De Gea swoops down to his left to palm it behind with an iron wrist.  6:01PM 70 min Sterling concedes a free-kick with a 'professional' foul from Sterling to cut off Valencia at the ankles. It's 22 yards out, left of centre. Rashford takes and tries a Ronaldo dig-down shot that gets it over the wall but it doesn't come down in time.  5:59PM 69 min If United are preying on City making a mistake, surely they should bring Ibrahimovic on as the chances will be few and he's a better finisher than Lukaku?  5:59PM 67 min Otamendi chips a pass straight at Matic who twists and plays it to Lingard storming down the left. He plays an excellent crossfield diagonal to Lukaku who approches the right of the box on an angled run. Mangala refuses to let him come in on his left and he takes two strides and bludgeons a right foot shot miles over.  Miss: Man Utd 1 - 2 Man City (Romelu Lukaku, 66 min)   5:56PM 65 min Brilliant from Silva out on the left to draw Smalling out and then play a pass through the six yard box for Gundogan to hit a shot on the angle. De Gea saves, instigates a United break but they can't hold the ball.  5:55PM 63 min Rashford is booked for contesting a throw-in decision by hurling the ball into the turf.  5:54PM 61 min City free-kick on the left, parallel with the 18-yard line. It hits the posted sentry but bounces happily for City straight back to them. United clear again but can't keep the ball on the ground or under sustained red control.  Otamendi smashes home a half-volley to put City 1-2 up Credit: CARL RECINE/Action Images via Reuters   5:51PM 60 min David Silva moves up front to continue the whirl with Sane and Sterling. United can't get the ball and Valencia has to obstruct Sane to stop him spurting past after diddling him with footwork.  5:50PM 59 min Man City substitution: Eliaquim Mangala on, Gabriel Jesus off.  5:49PM 57 min Mangala is warming up - as is Ibrahimovic. Walker bundles over Young and United have a free-kick just inside their own half.  5:47PM 55 min A self-inflicted wound. City swung a free-kick from the left towards the far post. It was hit too long and Lukaku was under no significant pressure to clear it. Instead he smashed it on the volley straight into Smalling's back and the ball rebounded to Otamendi who acrobatically twisted to half-volley it in from seven yards.    5:45PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-2 Man City (Otamendi) 5:45PM 54 min Sane decides to have a ping from 20 yards - at last - but demolishes the argument made on these pages for more long-range shots by spooning it miles over.  5:44PM 52 min Rashford and Martial double up on Fernandinho and Walker on the City right, Martial ahead of Rashford who slips the ball up to his wingman, gets it back then spears a near-post cross to meet Jesse Lingard's canny near-post run. Otamendi gets there first.  5:42PM 51 min Jesus shimmies and shakes his way back from the byline on the left of the box, looking for a pass and particularly Sterling but United swarm their own box and deny him any escape routes, win the ball back and push forward. It's pretty end to end this half.  5:40PM 49 min They try to spring Lukaku who beasts Fernandinho but Walker hares back to help out and benefits from an overhit touch one Lukaku had got past his man.  5:39PM 48 min De Bruyne picks a pass into the box with his left to the right for Silva who squares a cross instead of trying his luck. United intercept and bomb forward.  5:38PM 47 min United had made a half-time sub too, Lindelof on for Rojo who had a gashed head.  5:37PM 46 min Fernandinho drops into the back four. Noel Gallagher says 'at least it's not Mangala'. Ederson makes a long clearance up the left touchline. Jesus and Sterling combine to run at Smalling who nicks the ball away from the former and out for a City throw.  5:35PM City make a half-time substitution Gundogan is replacing the captain Kompany.  5:24PM Here are the goals David Silva hooks in the opener for City Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine  David Silva puts City ahead but United take all of four minutes to get level.  Marcus Rashford sticks the equaliser past Ederson Credit: Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images   5:21PM Half time City have dominated the half but have been guilty of over elaboration. All this useless beauty etc. United have defended stoutly and sometimes skittishly but fought back when a double error in the City box presented Rashford with a straightforward chance.  Average touch positions (26 min)   5:19PM 45+3 min Two mistakes by City defenders when a raking left-wing diagonal cross was launched into their box. Otamendi was in the wrong position and glanced his clearing header into Delph. It bounced off his midriff to Rashford and the United forward buried the opportunity with a smart right-foot shot. Man Utd 1 - 1 Man City (Marcus Rashford, 45 + 2 min) Rashford scores Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images   5:17PM GOAL!! Man Utd 1-1 Man City (Rashford) 5:16PM 44 min Otamendi wins the header by the penalty spot, in a head-to-head bully-off with Lukaku and Silva spins sharply to whisk in a hooked half-volley past De Gea from six yards.  Man Utd 0 - 1 Man City (David Silva, 43 min) David Silva turns to to the sky after scoring from a corner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire   5:14PM GOAL!! Man Utd 0-1 Man City (David Silva) 5:14PM 42 min And Delph hits a long cross from the left. Young miscalculates and is caught under it. Sane at the far post hits the dropping ball and De Gea has to be at his sharpest to palm it over, leaping to close down his space with a starfish jump.  5:12PM 40 min Very diligent from Matic to stick with Silva's run when the playmaker plays a diagonal to the left of the D and continues his run for the expected return in the one-two with Sterling. Matic mops the pass up and strides upfield but back come City.  5:11PM 38 min David Silva canters past Matic, reaches the D and slips the ball through to Sterling on the left who is fairly but forcefully tackled. Why didn't he shoot? That was the best opportunity yet to have a dig from 20 yards but, as Martin Tyler says, they're playing as if they're under the delusion that you can only score from inside the box.  5:08PM 37 min After a couple of minutes, a booking for Rojo, a head bandage and a change of bloodied shirt, Rojo comes back on and the game proceeds.  5:07PM 34 min Rojo goes up to challenge David Silva in the air and crashes through him in midair, a split second late on the ball. Silva is hurt but Rojo is cut.  Smalling tackles Sterling Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine   5:04PM 33 min Marcos Rojo is annoyed with Sterling who jinked his way through the box, bypassing Valencia and Smalling but failed to shoot, took it too far and ran into the clearing United defender with his arm raised.  5:03PM 32 min Lingard is penalised for shoving Otamendi over. He pleads for mercy on grounds of the discrepancy in their sizes and Michael Oliver keeps his card pocketed.  5:01PM 30 min Man Utd vs Man City shots on goal United break from City's overhit corner, storming forward at pace but Walker matches them stride for stride and plays a very firm, overly so, backpass to Ederson who has Lukaku bearing down on him. But Ederson traps it with the velvet touch of a Bergkamp. Remarkable.    4:59PM 28 min Jesus to Silva who is 20 yards out and ripe to shoot but instead plays it back to Jesus. It doesn't reach him and it's deflected behind for a corner. Even Guardiola seems exasperated that he didn't shoot and does his Rumpelstiltskin jig on the touchline.  4:57PM 26 min Lingard nicks the ball off Sterling's foot 25 yards out and Herrera passes it back to De Gea. That came at the end of a quick bout of City interchanging the ball and their positions. City are exhilarating to watch but are suffering from a temporary bout of Arsenalitis, taking one touch too many instead of pulling the trigger.  4:55PM 24 min 'Good tackle,' is Carragher's verdict on a full-weight Kompany intervention on Ander Herrera in which he takes ball and man in that order, saving himself from a booking.  4:54PM 22 min Gabriel Jesus dives in the United box, throwing himself over Smalling's leg. Mourinho demands a yellow card but the referee cops a deaf 'un. Martial dribbles forward through the centre-circle with Lingard to his left and Lukaku to his right. Lingard would be on a clear path past Kompany if the pass were perfect, which it isn't.   4:52PM 21 min Sterling is the beneficiary of a happy penalty box ricochet and makes the most of his second chance to fiddle a pass down the left of the United box to David Silva. His first effort, a cross, is blocked and then and only then does he deign to shoot but pokes a weak effort at De Gea.    4:50PM 20 min Rashford colonises the space behind Walker and, seeing Lukaku make a back-post run, lifts a cross towards the back post that Ederson back-pedals to catch.  4:49PM 18 min Extraordinry Frank De Boeresque long pass from Fernadinho takes five United players out and finds Jesus who shimmies and shoots with his left ... but straight again at De Gea.  Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Gabriel Jesus, 17 min)   4:48PM 16 min Two quick half chances, the second by Stereling who wriggles through on the left of the box after a crosfield tack but scuds his shot straight at De Gea. Attempt Saved: Man Utd 0 - 0 Man City (Raheem Sterling, 16 min) Earlier Jesus had played a one-two with David Silva to work a shooting opportunity but scuffed it to De Gea.  4:46PM 14 min City free-kick after a foul on Walker by Matic. It's whipped to the far post from the right and Valencia has to leap to half-volley a clearance behind. Otamendi protests that his personal space and dignity have been violated by a series of grapples. Nothing doing.  4:44PM 13 min A poor pass from Sterling lets Rashford loose and he tries to set Lukaku off on a foot race against Kompany but overclubs the pass.  4:43PM 11 min Sane cuts the ball back from the right to Fernandinho. 22 yards out, who steers  a powerful side-footed shot straight into Rojo. City are hogging the ball, as you'd expect.  Possession: Man Utd vs Man City   4:41PM 9 min City are switching and whirling, changing positions and moving at dizzying speed. Sterling pops up down the inside-left channel and picks out a lovely angled pass towards the penalty spot for Gabriel Jesus's run in from the right. The centre-forward, just onside, flicks it back with his heel, hoping that Savid Silva had continued his run but he was well-patrolled and couldn't wriggle through. Jesus ought to have taken a shot if his body position had allowed.  4:39PM 8 min Lukaku, about whom Jamie Carragher has doubts of the flat-track bully variety, shoves Otamendi over to writhe past him but does not get away with it. Free kick.  4:37PM 6 min Rashford is tracking Walker, Herrera is on De Bruyne and Matic on David Silva. De Bruyne works some room away from Herrera by drifting out to the left but his long, diagonal crossfield ball hs too much on it and skips out of play by the right corner flag for a goalkick.  4:35PM 4 min Rashford tears off up the left after Ander Herrera wins the ball and passes it a split-second before he is fouled by Walker who treads on his foot in a metatarsal-crushing intervention. When Rashford is hustled out of play, the referee goes back to book Walker.  4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

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Get the best derby day betting offers: United to win (40/1) or City (30/1)    4:33PM 3 min Kompany tries to spring Sterling free up the right but Young hounds him off the ball and Rojo puts his foot through a clearance, wellying it 60 yards and back to Kompany who controls it after coming under presure.  4:31PM 1 min United kick-off attacking from left to right and surrender possession after a handful of seconds to Kevin De Bruyne who instigates a spell of City probing and passing.  4:27PM Here come the teams And they are lining up in front of the dugouts for the portraits.  4:16PM Noel Gallagher's mastery of timing Three wise men? 'I hope'; 'I think'; 'I know' Credit: Sky Sports   'It's great to be sitting next to a legend of the game ... and Gary Neville' 3:46PM Teams in the trad style Man Utd De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young;  Ander Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial; Lukaku. Substitutes  Romero, Lindelof, Jones, Mata, Ibrahimovic, Shaw, McTominay.  Pep Guardiola arrives at Old Trafford where he has won once with City and drawn with Bayern Munich as a manager and drew once with Barcelona as a player Credit: Victoria Haydn/Man City via Getty Images Man City Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph; Fernandinho; Sterling  De Bruyne,  Silva, Sane; Gabriel Jesus. Substitutes Bravo,  Danilo, Gundogan, Aguero, Mangala, Bernardo Silva,  Alexander Zinchenko.  Referee Michael Oliver (Northumberland)  3:34PM Team news Here's how #MUFC line up for this afternoon's derby clash! #MUNMCIpic.twitter.com/XSx9vqPsz4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017 Rashford comes in for Lindelof as United switch to a back four after the victory at the Emirates and Ander Herrera replaces the suspended Pogba.  Team News | How City line-up for the 175th #manchesterderby! Presented by @haysworldwide#utdvcitypic.twitter.com/WGSjoi5iIx— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 10, 2017  Jesus! Aguero drops to the bench for the Brazil prodigy and Kompany makes it.  3:27PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the first Manchester derby of 2017-18, pitting the unbeaten leaders City against the hosts United who trail them by eight points. There has been so much hype in the build-up, framing the match as decisive and almost the last opportunity for the last credible contenders to stall City's progress, that any more preparatory words seem superfluous. United have won all seven home games in the league, even when they haven't been particularly fluent, while City have won all seven away games when they have been alternately magnificent and persistent but always efficient. Manchester derby puff Some pundits have cited City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the autumn of 2016, the first meeting of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in English football, as the model for this afternoon's game but I wonder if the cagey 0-0 at the Etihad last April is more instructive. Mourinho, coldbloodedly, set up for the draw and, in the absence of Paul Pogba and despite Marouane Fellaini's late red card, came away with the point. We shall get more of a clue when the sides are named imminently.

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Borussia Dortmund Fires Peter Bosz as Manager, Appoints Peter Stoeger

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund sacked Peter Bosz as coach after managing just one win in 13 games across all competitions and named former Cologne coach Peter Stoeger as his replacement on Sunday.

Stoeger was sacked as Cologne coach the previous Sunday after his side failed to win any of its opening 14 Bundesliga games of the season.

The club said the 51-year-old Stoeger and his assistant coach Manfred Schmidt, who was also let go by Cologne, were signed until June 30, 2018.

''I'm delighted to be able to be coach of this team and in this stadium,'' said Stoeger, who joined Cologne in 2013 and led it to promotion from the second division in his first season.

Stoeger oversaw steady progress at Cologne, culminating in fifth place and Europa League qualification last season. But this season didn't go to plan.

Bosz's last game in charge of Dortmund was Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, a loss that stretched the side's winless run to eight games in the league.

''We decided yesterday evening in a talk with Peter Bosz that we're letting him go with immediate effect,'' Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said. ''It was emotional.''

Dortmund previously had a 41-game unbeaten run at home, but since Leipzig inflicted a 3-2 loss on Oct. 14, the side slumped to two defeats and a draw at the Westfalenstadion. The draw came after squandering a four-goal lead to allow bitter rival Schalke to draw 4-4.

Bosz led Dortmund to its best-ever start in the Bundesliga with six wins and a draw from seven games and a league-high goal difference of 19. It led the league by five points after beating Augsburg 2-1 away on Sept. 30 but hasn't won since.

Now the side trails Bayern Munich by 13 points, a turnaround of 18 in just eight rounds.

Dortmund next faces a trip to Mainz in the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

''We're training today at 3 p.m. There's another training session tomorrow, then we'll make our way to the opponent,'' Stoeger said. ''For now it's about empathy and getting to know the team and the staff.''

Bosz, who led Ajax Amsterdam to the Europa League final and second place in the Dutch league last season, was hired in June as a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, sacked the week before despite winning the German Cup after falling out with club management.

Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc were keen on Bosz's style of attacking football, continuing a mold started by Juergen Klopp, who won two successive Bundesliga titles, before it was refined under Tuchel, who took over in 2015.

The 54-year-old Bosz, a fluent German-speaker, signed a two-year contract with Dortmund. Watzke said at the time the club assumed it would be longer.

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