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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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As the revellers from Old Trafford continue to drift past our office and into the evening, it's time for us to say good night.

See you all next week!

Monday night's game which rounds out the weekend is Liverpool v Newcastle. It was a cracking game in 1996 so it's live on Monday night every year. Forever.

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'We were really poor'

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Man City

A clearly disconsolate Pablo Zabaleta: "A derby is always a special game and the game that players and fans want to win. Unfortunately it was a disappointing afternoon for us. It is hard to understand how we can play so well for 20 minutes and then be a different team. We had no reaction in the second half, we were really poor. We can play much better. The reality is that we are not playing well, we are far from our best. With six games to go we have to push hard to get into the top four.

Pablo Zabaleta

"When you are not playing well and not creating chances it is hard. Normally with this team we do much better but the third goal was game over. You have to give credit to United, they were the better team.

"The criticism doesn't affect the team, the media can say what they want. Football is like that. We will fight until the end. We still have confidence in the team, we can be good again."

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Abhie Speaks: Jokes apart City should keep Manuel Pellegrini and kick the overpaid blokes out of the team. At least six or seven of them. Rebuild on cards.

Daniel Connellan: This game summed up City's season - Bright start, ridiculous collapse.

Paul Collins: With all the talk of Yaya Toure. Don't ignore that David Silva was atrocious today too. As was Jesus Navas again.

Sergio A-go-go

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Man City

I doubt Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will care right now but as well as scoring his 100th goal for City he has moved back to level top scorer in the Premier League with his brace this afternoon.

19 goals - Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Harry Kane

17 - Charlie Austin

14 - Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez

12 - Saido Berahino, Eden Hazard, Wayne Rooney

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Pellegrini needs time

Daniel in Coventry: Manchester City shouldn't sack Manuel Pellegrini, he needs time to build his side as all managers do. However I think City will sack him soon as they're still in that stage where they want instant success in the league and Europe. It's wrong but that's the modern game.

Roy in Dundee: City fans are quick to forget that they are nothing more than a yoyo club with a very rich owner. Thanks to FFP we are seeing that once the Sheikh stops bankrolling their club it will go back to where it was.

Craig in Manchester: As a United fan, I feel sorry for Pellegrini. It took Sir Alex Ferguson three or four years to get a trophy. If he'd have been sacked, a whole generation would have grown up with no history. Pellegrini picked his line-up. It's up to the players. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

'It's great to be a United supporter now'

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Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I was very pleased because the fans are pleased and we are playing for them. The fans have not always had a good time because started very bad. But still they were supporting, and now the results are coming back. It's great to be a supporter of Man United right now.

"That is the most pleasant memory - you have seen the arousal of the fans. I cannot complain about the fighting spirit of my team because the first 15 minutes Manchester City dominated and scored. We equalised and regained confidence and then from there we played a fantastic match. Of course I think maybe we could have started this form earlier but the last 20 matches we've been good and better than most of the Premier League."

United set for third place?

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to BBC Sport: "I'm very proud and very happy for the fans. It means a lot for the fans and we want to give it to the fans. The players heard the boost from the crowd.

"We are now four points ahead of City in third place which is very important because it gets you automatic qualification into the Champions League. We started badly, there was a lot of stress building up and because of that we went 1-0 behind. But we have good team spirit and came back. The second half was fantastic.

"Against Tottenham and Liverpool, I was talking about the first half, but now I am speaking about the second half performance. We are making steps in our process and it's too early to expect it (the perfect performance). The goal we set was to get into the first four and I'll be very pleased if we reach that goal. I said it would not be easy and we still have six matches to play. It is not done yet but we are on our way."

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he told chief executive Ed Woodward at the start of the season that it would be very difficult to finish in the top four this season. They are looking very good for that - at least - now.

'We must fight until the end of the season'

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Man City

More from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. He said: "It is very difficult to be in fourth place. We have difficult teams in the Premier League. We have just four points behind United, five points with Arsenal.

"We must fight until the end of the season. For the club, for me, for the players it is very important to be in a position for the Champions League. We have six games more to try to do it. We had been in second place all season. We have six games to go."

Captain Marvel chuffed

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Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson is pretty pleased with the performance of the Red Devils.

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Manchester United go to Chelsea next weekend for what could be another barometer to test for how far they have come...

'I don't understand'

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Man City


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: "I think they were the best team. We started very well and in the first 20 minutes we could have controlled the game. After the second goal we lost the way we were playing and United scored more goals.

"I don't understand why a team only plays so well in the first 20 minutes. We dominated, created chances, we had the ball. At 1-1 United started growing and their third goal gave them the confidence they did not have before.

"It is not just one problem, the same team played well for 20 minutes. Maybe it's a lack of class at this moment. I don't know."

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Matt in London: This is what new managers mean when they say they need time with a squad before the good results start coming in. Jose Mourinho said he would need a year before he could make a title challenge, and here he is a year later, seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. Louis van Gaal said he would need time to revise the squad after a horrendous start to his career at United, and now here they are, thumping their rivals and eyeing up a move for second place. Sports fans - have a little faith in your managers!

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Manchester United have now picked up more points then they managed in the whole of last season - with six games still to go. Quite the turnaround.

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Shane Long: Louis Van Gaal has done a tremendous job in the last few weeks. I for one didn't think we had this run of form in us. Fantastic.

Haylen West: As a United fan it's been a long time since I've had the joy of watching them play against City. It is so pleasing to see.

Jake Taylor: Man United winning against City is a big step for their recovery from last season.

'I am very happy for the fans'

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Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "It's three points! We are four points ahead of fourth in the table and I am very happy for the fans. I have seen what it means for them. They always support us when the results were not good.

"It's the best atmosphere I have seen here. A fantastic result. I must bring Michael Carrick off the pitch with an injury which was a bit stupid from me as some players didn't know we only had 10 men. That was not so smart!

"We started very badly. It was not Manchester United, we were very nervous. I don't know why. We had no pressure on the ball. I don't know why. But when we scored the goal, from that moment we had more confidence.

"The second half was much better."

'A magnificent win'

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Ashley Young

Manchester United goalscorer Ashley Young: "It's a magnificent win. We knew we had to get three points. It was disappointing to go a goal behind, but we showed the character to get back and no-one else was going to win when we went ahead. It's an amazing feeling to score a goal and get an assist."

Asked what he has done differently in his good run of form, Young replied: "I've just listened to what the manager said and I wanted to repay him.

"We're just taking each game as it comes. We've played Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and had this derby game so we just wanted to get wins and we have another difficult game next week."

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Nick in Herts: All these clowns (including Robbie Savage) calling for Manuel Pellegrini to be sacked are the sort of armchair fans that make me sick. They're still the champions and every club has bad runs from time to time. Let him try and rebuild, why the need for a new manager?

Will in Liverpool: Genius from Savage. A team going through a bad period... Better sack the manager!

Dominic Gammon: Keep Manuel Pellegrini but check out how players are bought in and are they value for money.

Annus horribilis

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Man City

Manchester City have lost five Premier League games in 2015, one more than they lost in the whole of 2014.

A terrible year.

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Sunday Peter: For sixth time in eight games, City fell by the wayside. Appalling!

Tom Hutchings: Man City need to watch their backs, Liverpool have a game in hand, with their next four games being against Newcastle, Villa, WBA and Hull.

Belfast Kopite: Some Man City fans starting to sound like Chelsea fans of recent times. Sacking a Premier League-winning manager is not the answer!

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'The atmosphere was crazy'

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Manchester United goalscorer Juan Mata said: "In the first 10 or 15 minutes City were brilliant but after that we showed character and came back. It was a massive result and everyone from United is happy.

"The atmosphere was crazy, it's something we will never forget. We have six games to go and have to keep going. It's one more step towards the Champions League, it's a big win and a boost to the confidence. But Arsenal are a great team and City and Liverpool will stay fighting until the end."

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Jerry Aldini: Yaya Toure should have stayed in bed today. He played like he was still in it.

Stephen Shaw: 11 unpaid City fans would have given a better account of themselves.

Nathaniel Amoaku: Some good news for City fans. Sergio Aguero has remembered how to score.

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Nick in London: If you'd done an 11 of "United misfits" earlier I'm pretty sure each scorer today could have been included. Just needed Bebe to come on and score a screamer to really top it off.

James Marshall: Louis Van Gaal certainly turned things around at Man Utd. Not sure I would trust him with the purse strings though.

Luke in Telford: United are so comfortable that they can afford to bring on the luxuries. Falcao and Di Maria's exclusions are proof that United have a team, not individual stars.

Dire straits

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Man City

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At the top


Manchester United will be looking at second place now, while City will be worrying about fourth.

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Ashley Young collects his man of the match award, a sight that would not have seemed possible for most of the last season or two.

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BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage at Old Trafford

"You could see the reaction from supporters after the game the belief in the Manchester United fans. Louis van Gaal has really got the fans on board. This was a big test and they've passed it with flying colours."

'City have had their day'

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BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage

"This City squad has had its day. This is a point in City's future where they have to rebuild, and they have to change their manager. There has been complacency and tactically they have been poor as well."

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Ashley Young echoes Robbie Savage in calling his team's win 'magnificent.'

Full reaction to come from all involved today.

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BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage at Old Trafford

"I think Manchester United were magnificent. It was a dominant performance and with the exception of Sergio Aguero City were very poor. Some great attacking play from United and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were fairly solid at the back. They were deserved winners. Since that Tottenham game they have really grown in confidence."

A wonderfully eloquent text from Mike. The FA should sign you up.

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Mike in Liverpool: "Not sure what this weekend's games tell us about the Premier League other than entertainment takes precedence over quality. Defence, never high in the minds of British clubs, is receding in its relative importance. Our clubs have struggled in Europe due to defensive naïveté and tactical ineptitude. Chelsea have the Premier League's most balanced and quality squad but were found out in the Champions League.

"As an Arsenal fan I see my team flatter to deceive every year when the pressure is off and we are already out of the knock out phase of the Champions League. When this happens year after year it signifies a need to strengthen. This is true for all English clubs. Buying big doesn't always equate with buying quality. It brings questions about building squads, tactical flexibility, defensive preparation and sometimes pragmatism. The problem is some of these will come at a cost of entertainment - the cornerstone of the Premier League's success - never mind the quality, feel the excitement!"


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A stroll in the Sunday rain for Manchester United. City were excellent for 15 minutes and dismal for 75.

Could they even finish outside of the top four? At this rate they could. That's six defeats in eight games in all competitions.

Old Trafford scoreboard

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How many of this Manchester City side will be at the club next year? Despite protestations from inside the club you feel a major clearout is just what they need.

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Sergio Aguero has now scored 100 goals for Manchester City. There are three minutes added on. Another City goal would make life interesting...

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BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage at Old Trafford

"It's great movement from Sergio Aguero for the goal. It's a consolation but still not enough from Man City today. He's been the bright spark for City."

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Peter Collins: Manuel Pellegrini can't motivate the players? It's the Manchester derby, they shouldn't need it! Not his fault players are lazy.

David Simpson: Overpaid players at City. Just doesn't give room for passion. They showed no respect for this occasion.

Blackburn Lad: It's all very well saying sack Manuel Pellegrini but who would City get to replace him? Bit of a poisoned chalice.


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A consolation, which is no consolation. Pablo Zabaleta gets forward for possibly the first time all game and cuts back for Sergio Aguero, whose shot goes in off the post and via the hand of David De Gea. Zero celebration.

Sergio Aguero scores Manchester City's second goal
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