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Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: five talking points from Sunday’s game | Jamie Jackson

Did José Mourinho’s decision to take the handbrake off hand the title to Manchester City and would things have been different if Paul Pogba was not suspended?

This 20th head-to-head meeting of the managers ended with José Mourinho on the wrong end of a defeat and Pep Guardiola the correct one. Indeed Manchester United lost for the first time in 40 matches at home, since Manchester City won at Old Trafford in last season’s corresponding fixture. Far more significant is City now lead by 11 points and whatever is said about there being 22 games and 66 points to play for, the title is there for Guardiola’s men to throw away. As Kevin De Bruyne had mentioned in the build-up, the victory means City have a near four-wins advantage and have now been victorious on the ground of the champions, Chelsea, and the current second-placed team. Unless the Catalan’s men implode he will claim City a third Premier League title in May.

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