Manchester City may be powerless to prevent the title returning to Manchester United but a stunning strike from Sergio Aguero ensured they were at least able to enjoy a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford this evening.
The win cuts United’s lead to 12 points at the top of the table but with seven games remaining the gap is insurmountable, even despite Aguero’s brilliant intervention in the Manchester derby. James Milner put Roberto Mancini’s side in front after 51 minutes as City exploited a lapse from Ryan Giggs, but United responded when Phil Jones headed against the unfortunate Vincent Kompany and in from a wicked Robin Van Persie free-kick.
Aguero, though, stole the show with a brilliant solo effort after 78 minutes, darting away from three markers before rifling an unstoppable shot past David De Gea and into the roof of the net. It was perhaps a hollow victory in terms of the title race, but it restores some pride after a difficult season for City and deals a substantial blow to United’s hopes of beating Chelsea’s record points tally of 95 from 2004-05.
Wayne Rooney returned to the United side after recovering from a groin injury while Van Persie was also restored to the starting XI in one of five changes following last week’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea. City, meanwhile, left both Edin Dzeko and Aguero on the bench as former red Carlos Tevez spearheaded a rather defensive-looking side.