De Bruyne in contention to start in Manchester City's clash with Burnley

De Bruyne in contention to start in Manchester City's clash with Burnley

De Bruyne in contention to start in Manchester City's clash with Burnley

But David Silva played to the whistle, raced to the byline and cut the ball back into the path of his namesake, Bernardo Silva, who hammered his shot home.

City moved onto 23 points, ahead only on goal difference from similarly unbeaten Liverpool who, far from their best, were grateful for Salah's sharp first-half victor in their unconvincing slog at Huddersfield.

"I don't like red cards if they can be not given. but that one's a red card because he [Kompany] is out of control, he doesn't know where the man is, he doesn't know where the ball is", Dyche said at a news conference.

Dyche said: "There are so many different things".

"If you said to me you are so clever because we didn't sign players, I would not tell you I am a genius because after nine games we made the best start for the club in the Premier League".

"He's such an important player for us". That's almost given by the ref, then not given and waved away.

"In the meantime a player [David Silva] who's off the pitch now has walked back on the pitch to go and get the ball that's off the pitch, to deliver a cross that they then score from". If that's not confusing for everyone in the stadium, it's certainly confusing for me.

"I think there is no doubt how important he was and is. It looked like we could have scored in six or seven situations but we needed one better pass". You never know. If I take a decision and afterwards I regret, that's what it is.

City destroyed Burnley 5-0 before Salah broke his mini scoring drought in Liverpool's laboured 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town, yet it all paled beside the drama that once again engulfed Manchester United and Jose Mourinho in the day's marquee match. It was a throw of the leg and it was high on his thigh.

The Clarets boss felt that City duo Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane should have been sent off for reckless challenges on Aaron Lennon and Matt Lowton respectively. That's unacceptable, surely, in everyone's view. That is what I think right now.

"But it's just insane now where the game's at".

Defensive deficiencies remain a concern, but United have shown in their past two games what they are capable of when given the freedom to go forward and Mourinho could now remain in charge at Old Trafford for a while yet.

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