Reigning champions Chelsea were defeated by Manchester City on Saturday in the English Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
City returned to the Premier League summit with an outstanding win over the reigning champions that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggested.
De Bruyne was the match-winner for Manchester City in this peak of the showdown – a collision between two of the best teams in the competition although on this day it was only really the visitors who showed.
Chelsea lost Alvaro Morata in the first half to injury but even then they felt like the away team in this game, reactive to the pressing and passing of a dominant City team and then hastily rearranged by Antonio Conte when the away side inevitably scored.
At Old Trafford, earlier in the day, Manchester United put in a dominant performance to beat a terrible Crystal Palace, who have lost all seven Premier League games this season without scoring.
Unbeaten this season, United scored within three minutes when Marcus Rashford’s excellent work on the left wing ended with a cut-back to Juan Mata, who steered home from 10 yards out.
Their second came when Ashley Young crossed for Marouane Fellaini to volley home from two yards out at the back post.
Fellaini scored his second goal with a close-range header from Rashford’s free-kick early in the second half.
Romelu Lukaku scored a late fourth – his 11th goal in 10 United games – by converting Anthony Martial’s cross from close range.
Tottenham had earlier before the encounter at Old Trafford downed newly-promoted Huddersfield Town with goals from Harry Kane (9′, 23′), Ben Davies (16′) and Moussa Sissoko (90′).
Meanwhile, Leicester settled for a goalless draw with AFC Bournemouth.
Pep Guardiola’s team sit atop the league, a goal better off than Manchester United, who also have 19 points, and have now seen off Chelsea in one of the most demanding fixtures of the season, even without the recently injured Sergio Aguero.
It is understood that no team in 129 years of the Football League had ever lost their first six league games without scoring – until Palace reached that landmark last week. That record is now extended to seven matches.
SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017
Huddersfield 0- 4 Tottenham
Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester
Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
Stoke 2-1 Southampton
West Brom 2-2 Watford
West Ham 1-0 Swansea
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City