Manchester City (1/4 Premier League Outright) laid down another huge marker to the rest of the Premier League after Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored hat-tricks as they walloped Manchester United 6-3.
The tone for the game was set after seven minutes when Bernardo Silva’s low ball was turned home by Foden from close range.
City got their second after 34 minutes when Haaland headed a corner home before sliding in at he back post two minutes later following a wonderful cross from Kevin de Bruyne.
United, who were hoping to win a fifth consecutive Premier League game, were completely overwhelmed and City got a fourth two minutes before the break on the counter-attack – Haaland turning provider for Foden to score at the back post.
Ten Hag’s men tried to rally in the second half and got a goal back through Antony’s fine curling effort.
However, Haaland and Foden grabbed their hat tricks soon after – a third in eight top-flight games for the Norwegian who already has a frightening total of 14 goals in eight games.
Substitute Anthony Martial scored a brace – first from close range when Ederson parried Fred’s shot then a penalty when he was brought down by Joao Cancelo.
United can take some positives but this was ultimately another reminder how far they, and probably every else, are behind the champions.
City are a point away from Arsenal at the top while United remain in sixth.
Meanwhile, ten-man Leeds United ground out a hard-earned 0-0 draw against an Aston Villa side who failed to take their chances at Elland Road.
An uneventful first half littered with fouls and whistles from referee Stuart Atwell saw few real chances created.
The game’s big moment came just after the break when Leeds winger Luis Sinisterra was shown a second yellow card after failing to retreat when Villa were awarded a free kick.
Philippe Coutinho came closest for Villa when hitting the post, with Ollie Watkins failing to convert the rebound.
Leeds are 12th in the table after preserving their unbeaten home record for the season while Villa are 14th.