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MEN: Man City dominant in derby

COMMANDING PERFORMANCE: Skipper Vincent Kompany shields the ball from Marcus Rashford

COMMANDING PERFORMANCE: Skipper Vincent Kompany shields the ball from Marcus Rashford

After all the build up, the Manchester derby ended in a goalless stalemate...

But that hasn’t stopped the game dominating the back pages of Friday’s papers…

The MEN's Stuart Brennan reported: "Manchester City could not grab the three points but they made it plain which team remains kings of Manchester.

"And the way that the Manchester United fans celebrated at the final whistle, like fans of a lower league club that has just earned a cup draw, indicates that they know it, too.

"City's dominance of the game, in the second half especially, was complete enough to make those United faces as red as their shirts.

"But the problem which has haunted the Blues all season was only too evident, as they were the superior team but simply could not convert it into chances.

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"Sergio Aguero hit a post, sub Gabriel Jesus was fractionally offside when he turned in Aguero's cross, and the Blues penned the Reds in their own half for virtually the entire second half."

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor felt City had the opportunities to win it, writing: "On the balance of play, Guardiola can certainly reflect his side had enough chances in the second half to move above Liverpool into third position. Instead, they remain in fourth, a point behind Jurgen Klopp’s team.

"United are a point further back, having been grateful for a linesman’s flag when Gabriel Jesus, returning from injury after 10 weeks out, headed in Agüero’s cross from an offside position."

Over in the Daily Telegraph, journalist James Ducker feels that Gabriel Jesus, who made such an explosive appearance from the bench, could still have a key part to play in this season. 

Ducker reckons: "The sight of Gabriel Jesus entering the fray a few minutes from time was rapturously received by the City fans and Guardiola must get the Brazilian back up to speed as quickly as possible as he bids to ensure a top four spot."

And finally, the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler noted a triumph of experience over youth as Vincent Kompany showed imperious form against Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

"It's five years ago this weekend since Vincent Kompany headed City towards the title with the winning goal against United and he remains a supreme defender when fit," Wheeler reported.

"One challenge on Anthony Martial on Thursday night which stopped the Frenchman in his tracks was outstanding in its timing and execution."

That's all for today, Blues, but we'll be back with more media musings tomorrow.

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