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After all the talk in every form of media, the big game finally arrived. The International break was almost unbearable for the fans who were eagerly waiting for arguably the biggest game of the season so far. Two heavy weight sides who are favourites to lift the title in May 2017 went head to head. The high profile bosses of both the sides dominated the headlines for the past few days as it was Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola once again but it was the visiting manager who left Old Trafford with full 3 points as Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 to extend their perfect start to the Premier League season. Man United boss Jose Mourinho made two changes for his team chasing fourth win in fourth game. Anthony Martial and Juan Mata made way for Henrik Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard. The Armenian was a doubtful starter due to the injury he sustained on international duty but was declared fit enough to start. Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was chosen to lead the line with Wayne Rooney in support. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola decided to give 19 year old Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho the opportunity to replace the suspended striker Sergio Aguero. New signing Claudio Bravo was given a debut in between the posts. Fellow new signing Leroy Sane appeared on the matchday squad for the first time this season. Manchester City dominated the early exchanges and United were a bit nervy. City fans didn't had to wait long to see their team scoring as in the 15th minute, Kevin de Bruyne gave them the lead by a crisp finish into the bottom corner. A long ball from Aleksandr Kolarov was headed on by Kelechi Iheanacho into the path of the Belgian who slotted the ball home after some uninspiring defending from Daley Blind. Man City continued to dominate the game and Kevin de Bruyne was almost unplayable in the first half as it was his effort that hit the post which resulted in a simple tap in for Kelechi Iheanacho was did well to keep himself onside. It was all comfortable for City but a defensive error from the pair of Claudio Bravo and John Stones resulted in Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleying home to cut the deficit to one goal. Man City did well to hold on to the lead at half time. Jose Mourinho made two half time changes as the wonderboy Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera came on for Henrik Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard. Man United were looking more comfortable in the second half and were more positive. Guardiola reacted by bringing on defensive midfielder Fernando for the striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Both sides continued to move forward in search of another goal and Marcus Rashford found the back of the net but the shot was deflected by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was standing in an offside position. The tireless Kevin de Bruyne continued to haunt United defence but his shot hit the post and went out for the goal kick. Neither side could score again in the game and the referee blew the full time whistle. Manchester City fans claimed the bragging rights and this huge result maintained their team's perfect start of the season and gave them a 3 point lead over their rivals.
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