Second-half goals form Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane gave Manchester City a 2-0 derby triumph over Manchester United as Pep Guardiola’s men edged back ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
Following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the United XI and he was rewarded with an enterprising first-half display.
But PFA Player of the Year nominee Silva broke the deadlock in the 54th minute and Sane gave the off-colour David de Gea another moment to forget 12 minutes later.
City are a point ahead of Liverpool, knowing victories in their final three games will guarantee back-to-back titles and complete two-thirds of an unprecedented domestic treble.
Manchester City took a huge step towards defending their Premier League title by winning the latest Manchester derby
The City midfielder used United left back Luke Shaw as a screen before rifling his left-footed drive into the bottom corner
With United looking for an equaliser, substitute Leroy Sane was rapid on the counter-attack to double City’s advantag