Wayne Rooney scored his 100th goal as United saw off a fighting Man City and won the Manchester derby.
In an eventful tie at Eastlands, Man Utd dominated the first half and were rewarded with a goal just before the interval.
Rooney knocking in from a Carrick shot which was parried by Hart, and Rooney scored his 100th club goal, his 83rd with United. Stephen Ireland hit the post but the home team could not force an equaliser.
Man Utd were impressive going forward for the course of the game even when Ronaldo was sent off in the second half. The winger handled in the box from a corner and was shown a second yellow by referee Howard web.
It was a deliberate handball, and the Portugese captain claimed he heard a whistle. Ronaldo had already been booked for bringing down Shaun Wright-Phillips earlier on.
In the dying moments of the game, Richard Dunne had a shot cleared off the line, but as United cleared Joe Hart, the City keeper, was up for the corner and the U21 international had to race back to his goal. Ryan Giggs gave it to Rooney who unleashed a 50 yard shot, which was goal-bound, only for Hart to pull of an amazing save to deny Rooney his 101st goal.
United ended the day convincing winners and are keeping pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool for the title. The champions gave starts to Rafael, Park and Berbatov while rivals City had Robinho back from injury.
01 Hart (7)
02 Richards (6) Sub > 76 Sturridge (5)
33 Kompany (6)
22 Dunne (6)
15 Garrido (6)
08 Wright-Phillips (7)
07 Ireland (7)
21 Hamann (5) Sub > 46 Elano (6)
12 Vassell (5) Sub > 46 Zabaleta (6)
10 Robinho (5)
27 Benjani (5)
Subs not used
01 Van der Sar (7)
21 R Da Silva (7)
05 Ferdinand (7)
15 Vidic (7)
03 Evra (8)
07 Ronaldo (5)
16 Carrick (8)
24 Fletcher (7)
13 Park(7) Sub > 90 O’Shea (5)
10 Rooney (8)*
09 Berbatov (7) Sub > 83 Giggs (6)
Subs not used
Ref: Howard Webb
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