United 1, City 2
City started as they meant to go on by keeping the ball, passing crisply and finding gaps behind the United midfield. With only three minutes on the clock Kevin De Bruyne found space on the left and his low cross was just inches away from finding Kelechi Iheanacho and Raheem Sterling who were both darting into the six-yard box.
It was the first of many such raids that had United on their heels and struggling to cope with the Blues' inventiveness. Of course, turning possession into goals is the key and on 15 minutes, City deservedly went ahead.
The move began at the back with Aleks Kolarov given plenty of time to play a 50-yard ball up towards Iheanacho who managed to out-jump Eric Bailly and head into the path of De Bruyne who beat Danny Blind to the ball to run clear before drilling a low shot past David De Gea to put City ahead.
The Blues were so dominant that Old Trafford quickly fell silent - bar the singing from the 3,000 City fans - and the Reds were left chasing shadows.De Bruyne and David Silva were bossing midfield with every player contributing and looking comfortable on the ball.
Nicolas Otamendi's clever balls to the forwards were hurting the Reds time and time again but it wasn't until the 36th minute that City finally doubled the lead as De Bruyne worked himself a yard of space in the box before firing a precision shot against the foot of the post with the rebound falling to Iheanacho who had the simplest of tasks to prod past De Gea,