Premier Cool Impact: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

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    Consistent Bernardo Silva silenced Old Trafford

    Having given a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, the Portuguese playmaker was equally immense against Manchester United as the visitors won 2-0. 

    Bernardo scored the first of Manchester City’s goals at the home of their bitter rivals and it sent them on their way to a colossal victory and to the top of the table. 

    It was the playmaker’s seventh league goal of the season. 
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    ​Leroy Sane made huge impression

    The winger hasn’t had a prolonged run in the side in the last couple of months, and was similarly left on the bench in the Manchester Derby. 

    However, when Fernandinho got injured early in the second-half, the rapid German replaced the defensive midfielder. 

    It paid off immensely as it was the winger who made sure of the three points with a powerful effort that beat David De Gea at his near post. 

    Following his strike, Sane is now into double figures for goals in the league this season. 
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    Unstoppable Raheem Sterling had a good game

    By his standards, the forward was quiet against Spurs on Saturday but gave his all at Old Trafford. 

    His assist to play in Sane - credit to Sergio Aguero for his decoy run which dragged Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian out of position - was highly impressive given how he surged through midfield before passing to the German. 

    He completed five of six attempted dribbles and won a glut of his duels in a relatively easy night for City. 
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    Pair of Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte looked the part

    Pep Guardiola made the decision to place his trust in the duo who underwhelmed against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last week.

    However, against their city rivals, they were in top form to nullify United’s forwards. 

    Kompany led by example and his immaculate reading of the game came to the fore time and again, while Laporte never put a foot wrong in the tackle for 90 minutes. 

    They also cleared the ball from harm’s way when necessary to cap off a solid outing.