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Man City's Yaya Toure is predicts a hard-fought Premier League season

Ederson was caught in no man’s land as Lukaku beat him to the ball to score Ederson was caught in no man’s land as Lukaku beat him to the ball to scoreAP
Montrelle Montesinos | 23 Julio, 2017, 02:37

And goals from new signing Romelu Lukaku and his striker partner Marcus Rashford secured a 2-0 victory for Jose Mourinho's team.

The Belgium international said: "We know especially defensively we've lost a lot of players so probably a lot of people will come in too".

Manchester United landed a psychological blow on their local rivals City as they won the first Manchester derby to take place outside England.

The result may not mean anything but the Telegraph, and most other observers, were struck by the unimpressive debut of Man City's new goalkeeper, Ederson, who cost a world record fee of £34.7m this summer.

Asked if Guardiola has to win something after a trophyless past campaign, Toure said "It's the same for the players as well, because if we don't then we will be removed very quickly".

The midfielder of Turkish origin has recovered from injury and returned to training after recovering from his knee injury. And a triple save from Phil Jones at close range after that wasn't bad either.

He seized his chance in Houston, demanding the ball from the off and it was telling that Guardiola kept the Stockport teenager on after half-time while Patrick Roberts was hooked.

"It was not", counters Paul Hirst of The Times. His punching was less than convincing and, in the second half, he was almost beaten by a long-distance lob from Rashford.

There were positives, however.

"United triumphed but, as the cliche goes, this was for bragging rights only", says Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.