Manchester United ended Manchester City’s 21 game winning run with a strong away performance at The Etihad.
United won 2-0, beating Pep Guardiola’s side for the third time at the stadium in the last two seasons.
Guardiola was chippy after the game, insisting his side should not have lost, although he did praise United’s energy.
The Spaniard told Sky Sports’ post-game coverage: “It was a fantastic game. United make incredibly high pressing and they are so fast on the counter.
“We played good. Unfortunately, we couldn’t be clinical up front so we congratulate United.
“We will be the news because we lost. But the news is 21 victories in a row. There are still 30 points to play and we have to start to win again.
“That’s football. Sometimes it happens. We played much better than the game against West Ham which we won.”
United defended well, and this was yet another clean sheet against a ‘big six’ side in the Premier League.
Chelsea and Manchester City have both failed to score in two league games against United, while Arsenal were shut out in the most recent encounter. United also kept a clean sheet against Liverpool at Anfield.
The difference in this match was that United did the business at the other end, scoring twice, and this was a result of the high-energy play from the forwards which Guardiola praise.
United swarmed City early on and this led to Anthony Martial winning an early penalty which Bruno Fernandes scored.
Luke Shaw nearly added a second quickly after, and eventually did get on the scoresheet early in the second half, netting his first goal of the season.
United are still behind City, but are now nine points clear of fifth place.
This was an important win on the way to securing a Champions League spot and not getting dragged down into a scramble on the last day.
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