Manchester City recorded their third derby victory in four attempts on Wednesday night to return to the summit of the Premier League and send out a big statement to rivals Liverpool. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured that Pep Guardiola's men have their title destiny in their own hands as they look to become the first since Manchester United in 2009 to win the top flight in consecutive seasons.
It was a real classy display from the Champions in a game that looked like the major hurdle standing between themselves and a fourth Premier League title. After a tense first half, they asserted their dominance and deservedly rolled out convincing winners in front of a delighted Pep Guardiola who headed and kicked every ball from the sidelines during the ninety minutes.
For years now City have had some of the best talent in European football but they've lacked that consistency, desire and motivation to keep winning and become the countries dominant force. But under the Spaniard they have a philosophy and way of playing that makes them so easy on the eye but devastating at the same time. Guardiola has revolutionised City as a football club and there are some truly exciting times ahead for their supporters, with them on the verge of becoming the first ever English team to complete a domestic treble.
But on the flip side of all the elation, positivity and success in the blue half of Manchester, the red side look in the worst shape they have done for some time. Despite the initial impact of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming in as Jose Mourinho's replacement, United have dropped off massively. Seven defeats in nine games has resulted in them exiting both The FA Cup and Champions League along with seriously jeopardising their top four hopes.
Wednesday night was a massive opportunity for them to really get the fans on board and silence their critics after their 4-0 hammering by Everton on Sunday but instead it was another disappointing night. Manchester United are a club that should be challenging for titles but the gulf in class between them and their blue rivals shows that they're miles off that and it could be some time before they add to their 13 Premier League titles - the last of which came back in 2013.
This is the longest that the Red Devils have had to wait to win the title since the Premier League's inception back in 1992 and with one of City or Liverpool winning it this year - that wait will surely feel like an eternity to their supporters.