United secured a 70th Manchester derby victory over rivals City with a superb 4-2 victory at a jubilant Old Trafford on Sunday and extended the Reds’ lead over the Blues to four points.
It was another fine performance from Louis van Gaal’s men who came back brilliantly after going behind to an 8th-minute Sergio Aguero strike. Ashley Young levelled on 14 minutes before setting up Marouane Fellaini on 27 minutes to head home. Juan Mata slotted home a third after the hour, before Chris Smalling completed the scoring with a fourth soon after. Aguerio pulled a consolation back near the end, but the game was already over by that point.
Van Gaal made one change to the side that beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the previous game, with Smalling, sent off against City earlier in the campaign, replacing Marcos Rojo, who dropped to the bench, in the centre of the defence alongside Phil Jones.
City arrived at a rain-soaked Old Trafford on the back of three away defeats, while the Reds were going in search of a fifth straight Barclays Premier League victory. The Reds started on the front foot in the opening couple of minutes but it was the visitors who had the first opening of the game and struck the early blow after just eight minutes.