Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City outran, outmuscled and outclassed Manchester United in a 4-1 victory at the Etihad stadium on Sunday that exposed the Premier League champions’ weaknesses in all departments.
Aguero volleyed City ahead after 16 minutes and made it 3-0 in the opening minute of the second half after Yaya Toure had put the home side in command on the stroke of halftime.
United’s defence was sliced wide open again when Samir Nasri volleyed home after 50 minutes and manager David Moyes’s first Manchester derby descended into a nightmare.
Wayne Rooney’s curling free kick was the only ray of sunshine for United, who have now lost four of the last five league derbies with City who climbed to third in the table with 10 points, two behind leaders Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
United are in eighth place with seven points from five matches.
Arsenal moved top of the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat of Stoke City with in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey again providing the spark on Sunday.
Ramsey fired Arsenal ahead after five minutes and although Stoke equalised through American Geoff Cameron, goals from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Welshman Ramsey has scored seven goals in eight matches this season and his early goal helped nullify the loss of Theo Walcott who was injured in the warm-up.
North London rivals Tottenham are level on points with Arsenal following a dramtic win in Cardiff thanks to a last gasp winner by Brazilian Paulinho.
The Londoners dominated play but were frustrated by an inspired performance by Cardiff’s keeper David Marshall.
In the days other match Swansea City followed up a notable 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace that moved Michael Laudrup’s side into mid-table.