Manchester City have the advantage in the Premier League title race as they secured a 2-0 victory over rivals Manchester United .
Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock nine minutes after half time by using his quick feet to cleverly cut inside Luke Shaw and finish past David De Gea.
Leroy Sane doubled City’s lead when he rounded off a fantastic run from Raheem Sterling – as De Gea got a firm touch to the strike but failed to keep it out.
City overtake Liverpool at the top of the table, with a point advantage over the Reds.
While United are still three points adrift of Chelsea in third with three games to play.
Here are 5 talking points.
1. Advantage City
This was the result Liverpool feared and City planned for.
City are back on top of the Premier League (Image: EMPICS Sport)
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All Jurgen Klopp’s men could do was pray their blip in February when they drew with West Ham , United, Leicester and Everton wasn’t going to cost them.
They had to pray their bitterest rivals United could do them a favour. They couldn’t.
City always knew their most difficult fixture in the run-in was this one but in fact once they finally opened United up it was plain sailing.
Guardiola still has Burnley , Leicester and Brighton to negotiate, but the odds are stacked in their favour of domestic silverware.
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2. Solskjaer’s busted wheel
It has all gone wrong for Solskjaer over the last month – you could say it has fallen off The Cliff.
Champions League football looks a million miles away and the true nature of the marriage with United has finally revealed itself.
United are looking unlikely to reach the top four (Image: Getty Images)
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The Norwegian has not become any worse a manager overnight but the honeymoon is over and the relentless day-to-day where you wake up and look at a partner you once lusted over has gone.
A divorce is not on the cards, you have to save some face, but the idea of kids – or in this case fresh faces – is the spark you think will save it all.
United have lost six of their last eight games in all competition.
United have conceded 13 goals since their last notch, or four hours and 40 minutes.
United have shipped 50 goals this season – only one side reached top four with as many.
The stats are not looking pretty.
3. Keane vs Pogba
Branded a “big problem”, untrustworthy and a bad teammate in a complete hatchet job by Roy Keane before kick-off, Paul Pogba was a marked man.
Pogba was on the receiving end of Keane’s sharp tongue (Image: EMPICS Sport)
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It was simply the verbal version of Keane’s tackle on Alf Inge Haaland.
Pogba’s performance became a must watch, any bad move and the popcorn came out in preparation for another savaging after the game from Keane.
In its eventuality, Pogba had an average game – a Goldilocks game if you will; not too good, not too bad.
The Frenchman seemed in the middle of things, and was just about United’s best player, but without any to suggest he had any say on the match.
In the past you would argue he could get into City’s XI – now, it would be a stretch.
4. United’s summer clear out starts with De Gea?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make his mark on this United squad this summer, make no doubt about it, but which of his under performers does he ditch?
Matteo Darmian was perfectly serviceable on the right, Ashley Young had plenty of touches and was useful in linking play up, Fred made more tackles than anyone else.
All three could be for the cull but did a job on City for about an hour – with the visitors largely frustrated by United’s regiment structure – before the mini implosion.
De Gea is becoming error prone (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
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But the biggest questions remain around David De Gea.
Could he have done better for the first goal? Maybe. But the second was the sort of shot he saved in his sleep 12 months ago.
The Spaniard has been an excellent solider for United – holding the Red Devils together under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho’s eras.
But with contract quibbles and some value left in him, it is probably time to cash in this summer.
5. The Michael Carrick of Manchester City
Bernardo Silva is the Michael Carrick, Gilberto Silva and Florent Malouda of this City side.
Criminally underrated, yet constantly clinical.
Bernardo netted the opener (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
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Ask yourself this: if you were picking an all-Premier League XI would Bernardo be in it? He should be a shoe-in.
The Portuguese had more shots than any other attacker on the and used his dancing feet to good effect to slot City on their way.
His goal moved City to 156 goals this season before Sane broke the record for the most strikes in a single season by an individual club.