The Manchester derby has been won by Manchester City who keep up their pursuit of the leading two clubs, Chelsea and Southampton. As for Manchester United, the defeat leaves them in 9th with half the points runaway leaders Chelsea have.
The game started rather slowly but burst into action in the 20th minute as Pablo Zabaleta on the right hand side played in Sergio Aguero, who teed off Jesus Navas, who breached the United defence, but not David De Gea. A minute later, Fernando crossed with the outside of his boot and found an out-stretched Aguero. The City striker again found De Gea in inspired form, although the keeper got a thwack for his troubles.
The turning point happened in the 38th minute when Chris Smalling was sent off for a second yellow card. The defender was caught in behind and in an attempt to atone for his mistake; he fouled James Milner as he approached the penalty area from the left wing. The resulting free kicked was fizzed narrowly across the goalmouth.
City were on top before the sending off but were in completely dominating the game. Referee Michael Oliver appeared to be struggling to keep pace as on at least three occasions, City had strong penalty claims turned down.
In the 42nd minute City had a penalty claim dismissed as Aguero turned on Fellaini. Replays showed that Fellaini did indeed kick the back of Aguero’s heel, although the referee, Michael Oliver had an obstructed view.
City had a second penalty claim turned down as Marcos Rojo took down Aguero inside the box without the ball on the stroke of half-time.
The third penalty appeal came in the 58th minute and again featured Sergio Aguero as he came in from the right, only to be obstructed by a Michael Carrick and Fellaini sandwich.
Finally, after all the huffing and puffing, Man City's pressure told as Yaya Toure split the Man Utd defence with a delightful through ball, Clichy pulled a cross back for Aguero to fire into the net.
Oddly, instead of finishing the game off, the goal seemed to nerve City whilst United grew into the game. In the 70th minute, Robin van Persie dribbled past two players before he nearly caught Joe Hart asleep at the near post.
City then went down the other end and smacked the post as Yaya Toure played in Navas who beat De Gea but not the goal.
Immediately after, Wayne Rooney dribbled through the middle of the pitch, pulled off a nutmeg on Vincent Kompany but fell before pulling the trigger. Angel Di Maria finished what Rooney started but Joe Hart was equal to it.
United soon won a free-kick. Angel Di Maria whipped in a dangerous cross, that caused panic as in the City ranks as Vincent Kompany lost his man, Fellaini. With the ball lingering in the middle of the 6 yard box, Fellaini fired a terrible effort as the ball bounced off his shoulder and out for a goal-kick.
That flurry of attacks seemed to have depleted United's energy reserves as they failed to really register any noticeable shots on goal - Vincent Kompany leading the City backline to a clean sheet.
The last two major chances fell to Yaya Toure who could have on another day ensured United went home with an embarrassing defeat.
In the 88th minute, Toure turned McNair with a great flick but steered his shot wide of the target on the edge of the D. Toure again had the opportunity to seal the game but he headed over the bar from a corner in the 90th minute.
City's victory sealed an unwanted record for United; it is now the second time they have lost against a Premier League rival four times in a row, Liverpool being the first side to achieve this between 2000 and 2002.