Manchester United’s six-game winning run came undone at Stamford Bridge, as Eden Hazard’s goal put Chelsea one step closer to the Premier League title.
United have not won against Chelsea in their last eight meetings in all competitions but, despite a lengthy injured list, they gave a good account of themselves and were unlucky to leave West London empty handed.
Here’s five talking points from Saturday.
David De Gea has been shortlisted for the this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Manchester United goalkeeper has been arguably the best interpreter of the role this season, appearing in all 32 league games they’ve played so far and conceding a mere 30 goals, a record bettered only by Chelsea and Southampton.
The other nominees are Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sánchez.
Sergio Aguero slots the ball past David De Gea, adding to his seventh minute opener and quashing Manchester United’s slender hopes of leaving the 169th Manchester derby with a point.
As City fans celebrate a fourth consecutive win at Old Trafford, David Moyes slumps back in the dug-out, defiance caving in under the realisation that his two-season spell is about to come to an end.
Manchester United clinched only their third win in 10 games against City on Sunday, as they bounced back from 1-0 down to win 4-2 as Louis Van Gaal’s men cemented their grasp on third place.
Here’s five things we learnt on Sunday.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United have the edge ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby but said that not a single player from United and City would make it into his team of the season.
After a shaky start to the season, United laboured their way to a top four spot but Louis Van Gaal’s team selection had not fully convinced up until a month ago, while City’s title defence has been as poor as that of two seasons ago.
Ashley Young believes Manchester United will go into Sunday’s Manchester derby with all the momentum, but warned against underestimating City and insisted United had not secured a top-four finish yet.
United’s 3-1 over Aston Villa on Saturday coupled with City’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday saw United moved into third place, a point ahead of their local rivals, who led United by nine points in January.
Certainties were at a premium when Louis Van Gaal arrived at Manchester United in July.
Expectations and hopes abounded after a disastrous season under David Moyes, but the canvas in front of the Dutch manager was largely blank by the time he stepped into the United dressing room for the first time.
Alan Smith has admitted he never thought Manchester United would sign him and that the opportunity to play for Sir Alex Ferguson was too good to turn down.
In an interview with Andy Mitten on the Manchester Evening News, the former United man, now playing for Notts County in League One, revealed some interesting details over what brought him at Old Trafford.