Manchester City look to be returning to their best after resounding derby win

A resounding  3-nil win over Manchester United at Old Trafford had all the hallmarks of Manchester City returning to their scintillating best.

It took time for Pep Guardiola’s side to get going against United. They were unusually sloppy in possession to begin the game. United’s best chances early came from the champions losing possession. Once City started to find their rhythm, the gulf between the sides became evident.

Once Erling Haaland opened the scoring in the 26th minute from the penalty spot it was a different game. The champions were buoyed by their goal and forced United back for long spells. City’s passing and movement caused the Red Devils all sorts of issues. The only shock was that it was only 1-nil to City at the break.

The second half saw Pep Guardiola’s side go up another gear. United had brief moments but couldn’t live with the champions. The game was effectively over when Haaland headed home his side’s second. The goal came from a move that had the hallmarks of the European champions at their best.

City’s movement and passing proved too much for United in the build-up to Haaland’s second goal. Kyle Walker, Rodri, Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva were all involved in the move to set up City’s number 9. The goal was made at the City training ground. City’s second goal had all the little signs that they are returning to their trademark best.

By the time City added their third through Phil Foden, it was clear to all that City are nearing their best. It’s an ominous sign for the rest of the Premier League as the season begins to take shape.

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