Champions Manchester City continued their recent derby dominance with a 1-0 Premier League win over 10-man Manchester United on Sunday.
Aided by Chris Smalling’s sending off during a goalless opening period at the Etihad Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini’s men took control after the interval as Sergio Aguero grabbed the decisive goal, his 10th in the league this season.
The Argentina striker’s effort condemned United to a fourth successive league loss to their rivals for the first time since 1970 and ensured Louis van Gaal was defeated in his maiden all-Manchester clash.
Anticipation was high as City attempted to end a three-game winless run in all competitions and their hopes were raised towards the end of a breathless first half, with Smalling given his marching orders after picking up two stupid yellow cards.
That, combined with centre-back partner Marcos Rojo being withdrawn through injury in the 56th minute, proved crucial as the hosts took the points
City, already without star man David Silva, were dealt another blow when Aleksandar Kolarov limped off in the warm-up, with Gael Clichy coming into the XI.
United had full-back issues of their own after Rafael da Silva picked up a knock in training to leave Antonio Valencia in an unfamiliar role.