Manchester City defeat United with Otamendi strike and open 11-point gap

For Manchester City, this was not just the day they declared themselves the best team in town. It counts for more than that, surely, when there is now an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League and the team in second place have just learned the hard way why Pep Guardiola’s side are disappearing into the distance.

The team in blue left the impression they were in a hurry to finish this season’s title race and though it still feels ridiculously early, with snow on the pavements and advent calendars two-thirds unopened, who can possibly see a way back now for Manchester United or anybody else from the chasing pack? Far more likely, the gap will just keep growing and Jose Mourinho might have to realign his sights to the cup competitions. It feels like we are watching one of the most exhilarating one-horse races there has ever been in England’s top division and, as far as the championship goes, that surely is that.

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