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Man City's third goal vs. Man United was a two-minute demonstration of Pep Guardiola's stunning football

Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides.

The move lasted exactly two minutes. When Manchester City scored for the final time that afternoon, lifting them to a 3-1 win over their rivals Manchester United, the move to get them there featuring a wondrous and uninterrupted sequence of possession. This was not a mere goal; this was a short film directed by Pep Guardiola.

Fittingly, given his stellar performance all afternoon, its main actor was David Silva.

Silva is now 32 years old, a stage of career by which most footballers have become...

Man United's late collapse the talking point vs. Man City. PLUS: Dortmund expose Bayern

It was by no means remarkable or unexpected that Manchester City should dominate the derby against United. The gulf in class is evident, and as Paul Scholes pointed out afterwards, his United side never faced a City team that was this good. Still, the fact that nine of United's starting XI predate Jose Mourinho at the club is an eyebrow-raiser and further confirmation of how much water has been treaded at Old Trafford. (The two who weren't, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic, aren't much to write...

Manchester City's 44-pass goal vs. United: Things you can do in time it took to score

David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals.
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides.
Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United.

As if to rubber-stamp their derby day dominance, Manchester City wrapped up Sunday's 3-1 derby win over United with a devastating team goal in the closing stages at the Etihad Stadium.

Ilkay Gundogan was the man to apply the finishing touch to a sublime 44-pass manoeuvre that took City from their own half to the back of United's net over the course of one minute and 55 seconds.

To put that in some kind of perspective, here are some other things that can be done in that time, or even quicker.

One...

Man City show why Manchester is blue; Leicester honour chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals.
Craig Burley reveals his biggest takeaways from week 12 in the Premier League, including Liverpool's quest to keep up with leaders Man City.

After a weekend when the match officials unwittingly made themselves the centre of attention, Tom Williams picks over the Premier League's major talking points.

Colour of the weekend

Blue beat red in the Manchester derby, but if there was a colour that summed up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, it was silver.

Two Silvas combined for City's 12th-minute opener -- Bernardo crossing for David to score from close range -- before Sergio Aguero, sporting a new silver dye job, rifled...

Man United's struggles highlighted by confident, controlled Man City

David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides.
Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals.

MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho was not wrong when he claimed ahead of the 177th Manchester derby that Manchester City are "untouchable."

Off the field, the last week has seen the latest Football Leaks revelations pose questions about how City's rise to the top has been funded by their Abu Dhabi owners, but on the pitch their 3-1 derby-day victory over Mourinho's United hammered home the reality that the blue half of Manchester reigns supreme.

Pep Guardiola's team are two points clear at the...

Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho each earn 9/10 as Man City hold nerve in win vs. United

David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City maintained their two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a deserved 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday, but more important for the fans will be the win over their rivals. David Silva fired them into a 12th-minute lead, which was doubled by Sergio Aguero in the second half. United threatened a comeback from Anthony Martial's penalty, but Ilkay Gundogan finished it with a coolly taken third in the final five minutes.

Positives...