Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0: Kompany heads winner in derby to hand Mancini vital title advantage

Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0: Fergie's got Kompany at the top as rivals grab title advantage thanks to captain's derby winner

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 30 April 2012

Vincent Kompany's headed goal sent Manchester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League and put Roberto Mancini's side in pole position to land the title after beating United 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Needing a victory to leapfrog their opponents at the top of the table, City got on top after a slow start.

Kompany gave them a deserved lead when he rose above Chris Smalling to power home David Silva's corner in time added on at the end of the first half.

Captain's job: Kompany's header hit the back of the net in time added on at the end of the first half

Captain's job: Kompany's header hit the back of the net in time added on at the end of the first half

MATCH FACTS

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva (Richards 83), Tevez (de Jong 68), Nasri (Milner 90), Aguero.

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Kolarov, Balotelli.

Booked: Kompany, Toure, De Jong.

Goal: Kompany 45+2.

Man United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Nani (Young 83), Carrick, Scholes (Valencia 78), Park (Welbeck 58), Giggs, Rooney.

Subs not used: Amos, Berbatov, Hernandez, Rafael Da Silva.

Booked: Jones, Carrick.

Attendance: 47,259

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

The City captain – sent off in the FA Cup tie between the teams in January – was booked for clattering into Rooney, an incident that brought Sir Alex Ferguson into his technical area to protest.

Symptomatic of United's frustration, Ferguson and Mancini were then later involved in a heated exchange midway through the second-half and had to be separated by match officials and club representatives after Nigel de Jong fouled Danny Welbeck.

And while United saw their fair share of the ball they failed to create enough clear-cut chances and now trail their deadly rivals at the top of the table on goal difference by a margin of eight.

City now have two games remaining – against Newcastle (A) and QPR (H) – in which to seal their first top-flight title since the 1967-68 season.

More to follow…

Heads up: The City captain leaps above Smalling to give the hosts the lead and wheels away to celebrate (below)

Heads up: The City captain leaps above Smalling to give the hosts the lead and wheels away to celebrate (below)

Heads up: The City captain leaps above Smalling to give the hosts the lead and wheels away to celebrate (below)

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Caught napping: United players look disconsolate after conceding late in the first half

Caught napping: United players look disconsolate after conceding late in the first half

Caught napping: United players look disconsolate after conceding late in the first half


Net result: De Gea is left stranded as Kompany's header slams into the back of the net - enough to make him jump for joy (below)

Net result: De Gea is left stranded as Kompany's header slams into the back of the net – enough to make him jump for joy (below)

Net result: De Gea is left stranded as Kompany's header slams into the back of the net - enough to make him jump for joy (below)

Net result: De Gea is left stranded as Kompany's header slams into the back of the net – enough to make him jump for joy (below)

All talk: Fergie and Mancini clashed on the touchline midway through the second half

All talk: Fergie and Mancini clashed on the touchline midway through the second half

Slim pickings: The two sides played out a cagey opening 45 minutes

Slim pickings: The two sides played out a cagey opening 45 minutes

Slim pickings: The two sides played out a cagey opening 45 minutes


Familiar face: Former Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra poses with the home fans while one fan's sign summed it up for everyone (below)

Familiar face: Former Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra poses with the home fans while one fan's sign summed it up for everyone (below)

Familiar face: Former Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra poses with the home fans while one fan's sign summed it up for everyone (below)

Family affair: Aguero was cheered on from the stands by his father-in-law Maradona (below)

Family affair: Aguero was cheered on from the stands by his father-in-law Maradona (below)

Family affair: Aguero was cheered on from the stands by his father-in-law Maradona (below)

Family affair: Aguero was cheered on from the stands by his father-in-law Maradona (below)

Manchester derby: Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini bust-up

Ferguson and Mancini embroiled in touchline bust-up as City win crucial derby

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UPDATED:

20:57 GMT, 30 April 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson sparked a fiery touchline row with his opposite number Roberto Mancini as Manchester City won the potentially title-deciding derby.

After City's Nigel De Jong was harshly penalised for a trip on Danny Welbeck, Ferguson remonstrated with the Italian. Both indicated with their hands that the other didn't know what they were talking about.

Tempers flared as the two managers were kept apart by their assistants, and the fourth official. The two did shake hands at the full-time whistle however.

Vincent Kompany's goal just before half time took City to the top of the league and put them in pole position to win the Premier League.

In your face: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini clashed on the touchline during the Manchester derby

In your face: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini clashed on the touchline during the Manchester derby

Tit for tat: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini had a touchline row as tempers flared in Manchester

Tit for tat: Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini had a touchline row as tempers flared in Manchester

Peacemakers: The two managers are kept apart as Manchester City take the derby spoils

Peacemakers: The two managers are kept apart as Manchester City take the derby spoils