It was a tale of two contrasts on Sunday as reigning Premier League champions Manchester City romped to a sensational 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium, but their city rivals Manchester United suffered a humiliating 2-3 defeat in the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
The only thing common between the two clubs presently is that they hail from the same city. But beyond that, their fortunes have been way different, especially since the past 4-5 years.
City have become the best team not only in Manchester, but also in the Premier League since the past few seasons. They broke all the records, and created history en-route to their Premier League success in 2017/18 season. And it seems they are well prepared to defend their title.
Pep Guardiola's men started off their title defense with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal at Emirates in the opening fixture. But they were at their scintillating best against Huddersfield on Sunday, with Sergio Aguero scoring his 13th hat-trick for the club.
After being played clear by a lovely long ball by Ederson, Aguero scored City's first in the 25th minute, chipping the ball from the edge of the area past Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer. Gabriel Jesus made it two from the edge of the area in the 31st minute, striking his left foot effort past a diving Hamer. And it became 3-0 in no time, as Aguero pounced on to a glaring error by Hamer, who spilled a cross from Benjamin Mendy.
Huddersfield showed they have fight in them, with Jon Stankovic scoring from close range in the 43rd minute to get one back for his team. But the second half belonged to City as they scored three more. David Silva produced a sublime free-kick, which was followed by the hat-trick goal by Aguero. Huddersfield's day got from bad to worse when Terence Kongolo put the ball past his own net late on.
It was a completely contrasting display from City as compared to their arch-rivals United. The Red Devils inexplicably lost 3-2 to Brighton, producing a performance which was worthy only of a defeat.
Jose Mourinho made three changes to the side which beat Leicester City on the opening fixture, with Ashley Young coming for Matteo Darmian, Romelu Lukaku replacing Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in place of an injured Alexis Sanchez.
His changes did more harm than good for United, who were second best for most parts of the first half. Brighton played with a lot of intensity, and deservedly took the lead in the 25th minute, with Glenn Murray flicking the ball past a hapless David de Gea. The Seagulls fans were in dreamland two minutes later, as Shane Duffy got his team's second with a lovely finish, after United failed to clear their lines from a corner.
Trailing 2-0, there was an air of anxiety amongst the United camp. But Lukaku brought some relief, scoring his first goal of the season in the 34th minute. Disappointed having conceded a soft goal, the home team regained their two-goal lead on the stroke of half-time. Pascal Gross converted a penalty after he was brought down in the box by Eric Bailly.
The Red Devils made two changes at half-time, with Rashford replacing Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard coming for Andres Pereira. The changes meant United dominated, but their poor finishing and lack of creativity in the final-third affected them.
Brighton were on course for a famous 3-1 win, but a late penalty by Paul Pogba made it 3-2. Nevertheless, it was a proud moment for the Seagulls, though, not so much for Mourinho and United.