Manchester United won for the third time in the past four seasons at the Etihad to close the gap to Manchester City to 11 points and hand them their first loss in 22 games.
Bruno Fernandes gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the lead from the spot in the second minute of the game after Gabriel Jesus fouled Anthony Martial in the box, Luke Shaw doubled United’s lead shortly after half time.
The win greatly boosted the Red Devils’ hopes of making it to a top four finish – they are now eight points ahead of fifth-placed Everton and unbeaten in their last 22 Premier League away games.
Sportsmails Jack Gaughan took a look at the action and gave the ratings for the players and managers.
Luke Shaw celebrates after doubling Manchester United’s lead in the Etihad on Sunday
A disappointing day for Manchester City, after 21 games their winning streak came to an end
Manchester City (4-1-4-1)
Ederson – 6.5
Disappointed not to stop Bruno Fernandes’ early penalty. He later made a huge save from Anthony Martial.
Joao Cancelo – 4
Nowhere near the standards of recent months. Caught for United’s second goal after half time.
John Stones – 6
Strong at first, flipping the ball across the field, but he didn’t enjoy United running towards him.
Ruben Dias – 5.5
Unusually shaky when faced one on one. United succeeded in isolating the City defenders well in the break.
Man City lost for the first time with Ruben Dias and John Stones as center-back
Aleks Zinchenko – 6.5
Rarely put a foot wrong on left back and City’s problems did not come from his side.
Rodri – 6.5
Turned out to be one of City’s better players and regularly thwarted the counters quite well. Hit the bar at 1-0.
Riyad Mahrez – 6
An afternoon when supporters wanted more. Lots of dangerous positions without really threatening.
Kevin De Bruyne – 6
The Belgian has been struggling since his return from an injury and did so again. Radar was turned off but showed a glimpse.
Kevin de Bruyne is still working his way back to top form after a spell on the sidelines
Ilkay Gundogan – 6
Place the right pockets in the last third, but nothing fell for the midfielder like he recently did.
Raheem Sterling – 4.5
Didn’t get an inch from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Missed a huge opportunity in the six meter box when it was moved centrally.
Gabriel Jesus – 4.5
Clumsy tackle in the opening moments for the penalty when attempting to overtake against possession.
Gabriel Jesus cleared the ball, then fouled Anthony Martial for Man United’s penalty
Kyle Walker (for Cancelo, 65) – 6
Phil Foden (for Jesus, 70) – 6.5
Subs not used:
Steffen, Aguero, Laporte, Silva, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho
Pep Guardiola – 6
Picked the kind of team that blows others away. Will be frustrated when City rushes into the final third.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
Dean Henderson – 7.5
Solid handling throughout and never messed up. Clever throw to Luke Shaw brought the counter for the second goal.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 8
Loves the challenge against Sterling and smothered the England winger when he cut in on his right foot.
Victor Lindelof – 7
It didn’t often happen that City fell past the back four and much of that was down to the center-back pair.
Harry Maguire – 7.5
The captain must have a good game to win and keep a clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium. Maguire did just that.
Maguire was in good shape against Man City and was instrumental in keeping Jesus quiet
Luke Shaw – 8.5
Great running from back to front as he landed the second goal. Got up on the left side of United against Mahrez.
Scott McTominay – 8
Shielded the back four admirably and followed the opponent’s offensive runners to maintain United’s defensive form.
Fred – 6.5
Similar to McTominay in a defensive sense, although he gave the ball away too often in midfield.
Dan James – 6
Not an explosive afternoon, although he did maintain good possession later in the game.
Dan James had no influence on the match as he has for the past few weeks, but he did work for his side
Bruno Fernandes – 7.5
The Portuguese kept his beautiful penalty record and went against natural instincts to simplify things in midfield.
Marcus Rashford – 7.5
Could have been used more often, but gave City so much trouble at half time.
Anthony Martial – 8
Driving purposefully in the first minute gave United a lead; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want more of that in the future.
Martial impressed by winning the penalty and produced an overall encouraging play
Mason Greenwood (for Rashford, 73) – 6
Nemanja Matic (for Martial, 88)
Brandon Williams (for Fernandes, 90)
Subs not used: Grant, Bailly, Diallo, Telles, Tuanzebe, Shoretire
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 7.5
Set United perfectly to hit City where it would hurt. Defensively stable and with a lot of pace.
Anthony Taylor – 7
Smoothed the game where possible and called majority of decisions without VAR intervention.