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Stats: David De Gea outperforms City star in key area in Manchester derby

Manchester United took a huge step towards securing Champions League football next season with a 4-2 victory against Manchester City in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon.

City fans will be devastated by the result, but also the performance, especially when they realise that central midfielder Fernandinho made less passes and touches than United goalkeeper David De Gea.

David De Gea Fernandinho
40 Passes 33
47 Touches 46

After the 1-0 defeat at the Etihad in November, United were desperate for revenge, and despite going 1-0 down inside the first ten minutes, the Red Devils went on to dominate the game.

With 55% of the possession, Louis Van Gaal’s team were by far the better side and much of it was down to the lack of presence in the City midfield.

The midfield was where the game was won, and the dominant display from United trio Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini outshone the City midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Carrick, Herrera and Fellaini against Toure and Fernandinho (Stats via WhoScored.com)

Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Carrick, Herrera and Fellaini against Toure and Fernandinho (Stats via WhoScored.com)

And now with City lying in fourth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, it is looking like a major overhaul is needed if they are to have a chance of winning another title.

Toure is one of many names linked with a move away this summer and Fernandinho is another player who fans may want to see the back of after another lacklustre display in a holding role.

We must however, take nothing away from how strong Manchester United look at the moment, and they remain contenders to finish as runners-up after now winning six league games in a row.

City are now four points behind their Manchester rivals with six games to and will be looking over their shoulder as Southampton are just five points behind, while Liverpool can go four points behind the reigning champions with a win against Newcastle on Monday night.

Will Manchester City finish in the top four? Do they need to strengthen their midfield this summer?

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