Pictures: Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United defeated their local rivals Manchester City in style to take their run of wins to six and all but secure a spot in this season’s top four.

United fell behind early on after starting the game poorly but responded by putting four past the champions, the first time City have conceded four since United repeated the feat in 2009.

Sergio Aguero, despite a poor run of form, took just eight minutes to score against United who were all at sea in defence.

It looked being another painful afternoon until Ashley Young bundled home the equaliser. From that point on, United never looked back, taking the lead through Marouane Fellaini and the team as a whole went on to put in perhaps their most commanding performance of the season.

United continued the onslaught well into the second period, Juan Mata running through to calmly slot home the third past Joe Hart.

Old Trafford was in raptures and the atmosphere had barely had chance to die down when Chris Smalling added a fourth. Aguero got a late consolation but United saw the game out to record a superb victory.

Here’s a selection of the best images from Sunday:


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