Man City 2 Man Utd 1 LIVE SCORE: De Bruyne scores two for City as Sancho nets with sweet strike – latest updates

    KEVIN DE BRUYNE has scored twice for Manchester City in an electric opening half hour at the Etihad.

    Jadon Sancho had equalised for Manchester United at the home of fierce rivals City, who the winger used to play for.

    But City have looked the bigger threat, with wave after wave of attacks laying siege to David De Gea’s goal.

    United are WITHOUT Cristiano Ronaldo as they look to grab a crucial three points at the home of Premier League leaders Manchester City.

    City are just three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the league and need a big win against their enemies this afternoon.

    SunSport revealed that CR7 failed to show up at the Lowry Hotel for team prep on Saturday and his absence has left United’s senior players stunned.

    • Start time: 4.30pm GMT
    • TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League
    • Live stream: Now TV
    • Man City team: 31. Ederson, 2. Walker, 5. Stones, 14. Laporte, 27. Cancelo, 16. Rodrigo, 17. De Bruyne, 20. Bernardo, 26. Mahrez, 10. Grealish, 47. Foden.
    • Man Utd team: 1. De Gea, 2. Lindelof, 5. Maguire, 6. Pogba, 17. Fred, 18. B Fernandes, 25. Sancho, 27. Alex Telles, 29. Wan-Bissaka, 36. Elanga, 39. McTominay.

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    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      50. City are happy in possession causing United to close them down.

      Like a boxer inviting their opponent onto them to only counter with quick pace.

      They give away the ball too easily with the attack breaking down.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd – Silva chance!

      48. Bernardo Silva’s eyes must have lit up there as the ball broke to the edge of the box for him to run onto.

      He smashes the ball towards goal but it is a great block by the United defence putting body on the line between player and ball.

      Foden cuts inside and hits an effort that is neither cross nor shot.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      48. Foden sweeps the ball onto De Bruyne.

      United show good pace to cover and prevent the Belgian searching for that third goal.

      City free kick inside the United half.

    • Kick-off: Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      City get the second-half started at the Etihad Stadium.

      The next goal in this game could be crucial.

      No points are given out for just ‘playing well’.

    • HT: Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      Ralf Rangnick needs to get his team focussed for the second half.

      As things stand they are a point behind Arsenal with Mikel Arteta’s side having three games in hand.

      Champions League qualification may depend on it.

    • HT: Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      Defensively City are finding it quite easy to get through the United back line.

      United are letting their opponents get to the byline all too often, with them cutting dangerous balls back looking to pick out runners.

      De Gea has made some big saves to keep United in this game.

    • HT: Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      The Kevin De Bruyne show comes to an end.

      A second performance is planned for 15 minutes time.

      City lead in the Manchester derby.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd – Telles chance!

      45+3. The ball drops to Telles who swivels and shoots in one movement.

      His shot is blocked and deflects for a corner, the replay shows how well he had struck that.

      The corner is swung in and literally hits Maguire and trickles into the hands of Ederson.

      That was a really good chance for the United captain, he reacted like a stone statue.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      45+1. Elanga loses the ball and possession.

      He has been very quiet in this first half.

      Maybe some changes are needed at half-time to get things going for United in an attacking sense.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      45. We will have three additional minutes here.

      United in possession, passing it around, looking to go into the break and regroup.

      City have dominated the closing stages of this half.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      44. Foden is shoved to the ground.

      City spread the ball quickly to Mahrez who cuts inside and gets a shot away with his left foot.

      De Gea makes another good save diving down to his right.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      42. City have a corner, a perfect time to get a goal leading up yo half-time.

      Foden floats it into the box but United are able to head clear.

      City come straight back at them.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd – Sancho chance!

      40. Fred plays it into Fernandes inside the box who lays it off to Sancho.

      He looks to hit it like his goal but gets it all wrong.

      The ball goes way over the bar.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      39. United push forward down the right through Wan-Bissaka.

      They lose the ball and De Bruyne breaks with pace.

      He feeds Foden wide inside the box but his shot doesn’t test De Gea.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      37. So the first half will see some additional time as a result of that break in play.

      Had to see what the issue was but I hope all concerned are well.

      The players switch on to matters on the pitch again.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd – Suspected medical emergency

      34. The game comes to a standstill for a suspected medical emergency in the crowd.

      This is the perfect opportunity for the managers to have a word with their players, a ‘tactical timeout’ if you like.

      It seems the issue has been addressed.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      32. What a player he is.

      Not only does he pull the strings in the centre of the park, threading balls through for the attacking players, but he scores goals as well.

      Possibly the best Belgian export since Poirot.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      30. That is 51 goals in the Premier League for Kevin De Bruyne and he may not be finished just yet today.

      The next milestone is a derby hat-trick for the Belgian playmaker.

      City continue to press looking for another goal.

    • Man City 2-1 Man Utd

      28. Some skills by Foden to get into the box and get the ball away was Gazza-esque.

      Great save from De Gea but De Bruyne slots the rebound home.

      City had about three chances to score in a matter of seconds there.

    • Goal – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

    • Man City 1-1 Man Utd

      26. Both teams are looking to get the ball and pass it around.

      They are closing each other down when on the ball but without flying into challenges at all.

      We haven’t seen the end of the goals here.

    • Man City 1-1 Man Utd

      24. The game has opened up more since the equaliser.

      From a neutral point of view this is what the game needed.

      Grealish looks to whip a cross to De Bruyne but it almost strikes Foden on the head and loops onto the bar.

    • Man City 1-1 Man Utd

      22. Fantastic break from the visitors.

      Pogba down the right plays a ball to Fernandes who finds Sancho on the left.

      It looks as though he doesn’t have options but he steps inside and bends one around Ederson in the City goal.

    • Goal – Jadon Sancho (Man Utd)

    • Man City 1-0 Man Utd

      22. Grealish with a neat run into the United box.

      As he drops the shoulder, he decides not to shoot and backheels.

      United clear.

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