The city shows exactly why they are so far ahead of United
It was not back this time.
In April in April against the same opposition, Manchester City suffered the unbearable consequences of freezing just as history brought it to his door.
The team, with too many priced eyes, averted attention and found it unable to respond.
Seven months and a familiar shock felt about Etihad as Anthony Martial dropped half the deficit from the penalty point.
With half an hour of play, it is certainly unthinkable that has not happened again?
That it was not – the city, instead of winning a 3-1 victory thanks to the goal of Ilkay Gundogan – shows how much this Centurions team has become.
You can use scores, shooting goals, hits, and almost every imaginable metric to see improvements in the past, but the last half hour of the derby is just as valuable as proof.
Wherever United returned to panic, Guardiola played her head, returned to the game and won three points.