Erling Haaland scored twice and set up another goal as Manchester City defeated Manchester United 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to again showcase the gap between the teams.
Defending champion City put in a dominant performance at Old Trafford in the 191st Manchester derby to add to the growing pressure on United manager Erik ten Hag.
This was United’s seventh defeat of the season in all competitions and leaves it 11 points adrift of leader Tottenham in the league.
City’s victory moved it within two points of the top of the standings.
Haaland scored a first-half penalty and doubled the visitors’ lead with a header shortly after halftime.
He then provided the cross for Phil Foden to complete the scoring and prompt United fans to leave the stadium early.
Haaland has now scored 13 goals in all competitions this season and might have had more if not for the efforts of United goalkeeper Andre Onana, who produced a number of saves to keep City at bay.
City went ahead in the 26th minute from the penalty spot after referee Paul Tierney reviewed a pull by Rasmus Hojlund on Rodri in the box.
Haaland stepped up and sent Onana the wrong way by firing low to the right.
By then Onana had already denied Foden from scoring with a header and then scrambled the ball away from Haaland before he could convert the rebound. The goalkeeper also pushed away Jack Grealish’s low, curling shot from outside the area.
United threatened on the break, but failed to make the most of promising openings for Scott McTominay and twice for Hojlund.
In first-half stoppage time McTominay came closest to finding a goal for United with a spinning shot on the edge of the box that was blocked by Ederson.
Haaland then nearly doubled City’s lead with a close-range header that forced an acrobatic save from Onana.