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Aguero stunner settles Manchester derby

Sergio Aguero tore through the Manchester United defence to score the winner as Manchester City beat the Premier League leaders 2-1 on Monday to remind them they are still champions for a few more weeks.

Second-placed City’s second successive league win at Old Trafford, following last term’s 6-1 demolition job, allowed them to narrow the gap on their neighbours to 12 points with seven games remaining even if their title hopes are all but over.

A blistering opening 10 minutes gave way to a scrappy first half before the visitors broke the deadlock in the 51st minute with James Milner’s deflected goal.

The lead lasted seven minutes before an unfortunate own goal from City captain Vincent Kompany following a superb free kick by Robin van Persie but substitute Aguero came on to snatch the points with a special goal in the 78th minute. United lead the way with 77 points from 31 games with City on 65. Third-placed Chelsea are on 58 points, level with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur who have played a game more.

The derby showed the gap is deceptive and isn’t an accurate reflection of their relative strengths. ‘A derby is always a special game for us and to be able to win is massive,’ City captain Vincent Kompany said. ‘I do believe the way we finish this season will have an impact on how we do next season.’
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