MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Champions League Manchester City won Derby with United 3-1, while Liverpool kept pace with the home win over Fulham. Chelsea and Arsenal were held in homes.
Here are five conversations from the weekend action.
DERBY SHOWED REALITY MANCHESTER DIVIDES
This should be a golden age for football in Manchester. The Premier League leaders and the Premier League play stylishly and attack the football, but only half the city in the northwest is a buzz. Neutral can only wonder how the famous derby will be if United is also in the title race with the team of Alex Ferguson who has been producing more than 20 years.
Sunday 3-1 win for City counting United teams who were outclassed in each division. In second place, Jose Mourinho managed only one hit – and that was the penalty that Anthony Martial had turned into.
After the game, Jose Mourinho said: "The way people who do not understand football are analyzing the statistics. I'm not going to the statistics," claiming his team was in play for the third goal four minutes later.
Perhaps it made sense – passable statistics (the city had 740 united 380) does not reflect the reality that one goal from United in the 80th minute could cancel all the great football from the Guardiola team.
But there has never been a feeling that such an outcome is likely. The United were better off than Southampton and Stortar Donetska, who last week had six players who passed by in Etihad, but were nowhere competitive against Guardiola's men like Liverpool at the last meetings.
Statistics that talk about the real story of division in Manchester is a 12-hole hole between City and United. Mourinho's side is eight in the table, and the table is not lying. Derby was a decent effort from the eighth team that played the championship.
Derbiju – and the Premier League as a whole – need to re-force United.
NO CLEARANCE WITH STERLING SHOWBOATING
Raheem Sterling's winning stairs in the last minutes of the game have obviously played the crowd and ridiculed Manchester United.
United's Juan Mata was furious, no doubt believed that Sterling was "disrespectful". Guardiola also had strong words with his wing, though his concern, judging by his comments after the game, was the fact that keeping possession would be a better way to drop down the clock.
But there is nothing wrong with little gloating at the end of the Derby victory. City fans like it, United fans would hate it – exactly what you expect from Derby.
Will George Best's Legend be Capable of the same? He must have done it. But he also knew there was a risk that the irritating defender would roughly depart from him.
Still, there should still be a place for a little derby derailment.
STOPPING JORGINHO HELP STOP CHELSEA
Man marking or targeting a player for close attention has gone a little bit from fashion in a modern game but when using this approach, it's easy to see which players are selected for special attention.
Everton was certainly tempted to focus on shining Belgian Eden Hazard Chelsea but revealed that their tactical approach was intended for Brazilian midfielder Jorginho.
Summer signing from Naples is the key to Chelsea's passage and pressing hard on him, Everton could have disrupted Chelsea's normal match.
It reminded them of how some teams took over the brilliant Milan of Carlo Ancelotti in the early 2000s – not targeting the nail Kake, but an influential decision by Andrea Pirlo.
WILSON WELCOMES WELCOME TO THE SOUTHGATE
While most English football greeted Gareth Southgate's focus on young players, some of his selections raised the suspicion that he might be looking at players who later appeared in the career.
Watford's Troy Deeney, one of those who overlooked, asked whether you had a better chance of being a poor player in a big club than regular with lesser men.
So, call of the attacker Bourmouth Callum Wilson is a welcome sign that Southgate is open mind. It was 26 before and started from the Champions League with Coventry City, and Kettering and Tamworth proved to be on top of the flight. His case offers hope for many others.
AUSTIN RANT MEANS LITTLE LENIANCE
Southampton forward Charlie Austin was furious his goal in 1-1 draw Watford, who would put saints 2-0 up, was denied by the referee.
His fairy tale in an interview after the match could well win him from power, but maybe a little bit of anxiety is okay.
Television companies demand and receive interviewing with players minutes after the final whistle and viewers often sigh to the knee-and-dull answers that are so often the result.
Austin's words were passionate and showed the kind of devotion that fans expected rightly. His interview was also a brilliant television and he did not cross the line in miserable abuse of officials.
The FA should admit that the game does not play robots, even if such interviews often suggest that they may be.
(Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing Matthew Mpoke Bigg)