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MANCHESTER, England — Three thoughts on Manchester City’s 2-1 win vs. Manchester United in the Premier League.

1. City take derby spoils, go 11 points clear

Manchester City took a huge stride toward the Premier League title by ending Manchester United’s 40-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford.

Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford’s equaliser, also secured a 14th successive league win for Pep Guardiola’s side, equalling the record previously set by Arsenal.

A late double save by City goalkeeper Ederson, to deny Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata, ensured victory but the winning margin does not tell the story of City’s dominance over their neighbors.

For long periods, United could not get a foothold, with City retaining possession and forcing the home side to hit long, aimless balls to Lukaku. Rashford’s strike shortly before halftime gave United hope of an unlikely win but Otamendi’s goal, following a defensive mistake by Lukaku, kept them firmly in control of the game.

Having gone unbeaten in the league this season, it will now take an incredible collapse by City for the chasing pack to have any hope of catching them. And with a trip to Swansea on Wednesday, Arsenal’s record will be erased from the record books with another win.

Such is City’s form that another Gunners achievement could be under threat; Guardiola’s team are in with a genuine chance of going through a league season unbeaten, as Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles” did in 2003-04.

2. United miss suspended Pogba as Silva stars

When Robin van Persie signed for United from Arsenal in 2012, the Dutch forward’s ability when defending set pieces impressed many at Old Trafford. He offered a reliable and disciplined presence in the six-yard box when facing corners or free kicks, proving he was about more than just scoring goals.

Almost six months into his United career, the same cannot be said of Romelu Lukaku, especially after his defensive horror show against City. The former Everton centre-forward went into this game having scored just twice in 13 games, so he is clearly not delivering in front of goal as Jose Mourinho would expect.

But when asked to do a shift at the back, Lukaku is proving just as unreliable and both of City’s goals coming from his basic lack of defensive nous.

The opener came when he allowed himself to be out-muscled and outjumped by Nicolas Otamendi, whose header gave David Silva an easy strike at goal. Then, in the second half, a lazy hack at a clearance from a free kick saw the ball bounce off the back of Chris Smalling and into Otamendi’s path, who scored from close range.

He was unable to make amends at the other end, which means two basic mistakes cost Lukaku’s team dearly; his manager may be well served by showing him clips of Van Persie defending set pieces as he has much to learn.

3. Lukaku flops at both ends

Paul Pogba’s absence was always going to be felt by United, but City’s quality truly exposed just how much Jose Mourinho’s team rely on the £90m midfielder.

United had no like-for-like replacement to fill the gap caused by Pogba’s red card against Arsenal, so Ander Herrera was selected to play in the holding role alongside Nemanja Matic. Herrera is all-energy and commitment, but he is no Pogba. Then again, neither are Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata or Michael Carrick, so Mourinho had little choice.

Too often, though, Herrera was outsmarted by the outstanding David Silva and left chasing shadows. When he did catch up with a City shirt, Herrera would dive in and win the ball or, more often, commit a foul; his 14th-minute challenge on Nicolas Otamendi was a case in point and surprisingly didn’t result in a penalty.

Pogba’s greatest asset is his ability to stretch the game and instigate the devastating counter-attacks that proved so deadly at the Emirates, but Herrera is a destroyer rather than a creator and his limitations were highlighted time after time. City were able to dominate in midfield and maintain almost constant pressure.

For a team of United’s stature to be so reliant on one player being able to stretch the game is an indictment of their shortcomings. In January or next summer, Mourinho has to find a player who can add greater quality to the midfield in order to support Pogba and Matic.

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The Frenchman has scored three goals (one of which was a penalty) in 14 games for Atletico Madrid this campaign.

Diego Simeone’s men remain unbeaten in La Liga but have found goals hard to come by with Griezmann not at his prolific best.

Some have questioned whether the rumours surrounding the 26-year-old and a possible move to Man United have negatively impacted his form.

And this theory has been somewhat fuelled by images of Griezmann walking away from team photos prematurely.

Some believe his apparent eagerness to separate himself from his team-mates is evidence that he is no longer happy at Atleti and is keen on a move away from Madrid.

However, reports in Spain claim Griezmann’s quick exits have nothing to do with squad disharmony.

Marca suggest that the Euro 2016 Golden Boot winner simply likes to control the match ball before kick-off and, if possible, put the ball in the net.

To be able to do this in time and return the ball to the centre-spot before the referee gets the game underway, he poses for one photo then walks away.

There we have it — a simple case of superstition.

Simeone spoke to Marca about Griezmann’s form this season: “He’s very confused.

“He is not in his best form, but we must support him because the season is long and we will need him towards the end of the campaign.”

Form is temporary; class is permanent.

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Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann admitted that a failure to take chances was endangering their shot at making the Champions League knockout stages, after Diego Simeone’s side could only draw 0-0 at 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday.

Yannick Carrasco and Griezmann both missed clear chances during a sluggish first-half performance.

Things did not improve after the break, even when the Azerbaijan champions’ centre-forward Dino Ndlovu was shown a second yellow card for diving when the referee could easily have awarded a penalty instead.

Against 10 men for the last 20 minutes, their best chance was the header substitute Fernando Torres sent over the crossbar from four yards out, and the stalemate means the 2014 and 2016 Champions League semifinalists have just one goal and two points from their opening three group games.

“They were strong and we found it hard to a score,” Griezmann told beIN Sports. “We forwards must improve and find the solution to score more goals.

“We knew it was going to be difficult, that they would sit back. We had a few chances but we didn’t take them. We are still strong from the back, and making chances, but it is us. Forwards can go on runs like this, but we must remain confident in ourselves.”

Atletico could well need to win their last three games — Qarabag (home), Roma (home) and Chelsea (away) — to have a chance to progress.

“We will try to win them all, and then see what happens,” the France international said.

Atletico have only scored with one of their 44 shots in their first three Champions League games this season, and that came from the penalty spot.

Simeone told beIN Sports: “In this sport, taking your chances is what most counts.

“We had two or three one-on-one chances with their keeper in the first half but could not take them. In the second half, maybe the necessity to win meant we did not have enough clarity to create opportunities.

“[Qarabag] did well defensively and deserved their draw.”

However, he added: “I believe absolutely in this team and know what they are capable of. Things can change from one game to the next.”