Jose Mourinho might finally have found the way to stop Manchester United being eclipsed by City this season — drop Wayne Rooney. And by reeling off a sixth successive English Premier League victory on Saturday, Manchester City underlined just how formidable it is under Pep Guardiola.
Having fended off mounting criticism of his captain, Mourinho left Rooney on the bench and the reward was a 4-1 victory over champion Leicester. "You prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing," Mourinho said. "Sometimes when I read you, I feel I know nothing about football. But there is one thing I know, the rules of the game. And I can only start with 11, until somebody tells me there is a change in that."
United's win ensured City, with a 3-1 victory at Swansea, couldn't pull farther away from Mourinho's side, which is six points behind its neighbour. The most impressive performance of the day came from Arsenal, which marked the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger's appointment by ruthlessly beating Chelsea 3-0.
"It was one of these moments in your life as a manager when you think 'OK, today is a great day,'" Wenger said. The day's biggest scorer was Liverpool, which routed Hull 5-1, while Tottenham was second after winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough.
Chelsea's defensive frailties were exposed as Antonio Conte's team was left with one point from three league games in September. Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil provided the goals in the first half that gave the Gunners their first league win over Chelsea in five years. Chelsea hadn't even conceded a league goal to Arsenal since January 2013 before this capitulation.
Mesut Ozil making this young fan's day. Class 👏 pic.twitter.com/j1K8Ac3eDG— BigSport (@BigSportGB) September 25, 2016
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MESUT OZIL IS A GOD pic.twitter.com/qJfEmZofof— k.a. (@kieramzizou) September 24, 2016
(With inputs from AP)