Rooney Stunner Wins Manchester Derby

Manchester United have gone seven points clear in the Premier League table after a 2-1 win over City rivals Manchester City, at Old Trafford.

The Man United starting XI was: Van Der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Scholes, Anderson, Giggs and Rooney.

There was a glorious chance for Man City's David Silva only three minutes in after Ryan Giggs had played him onside but fortunately for United, he poked it just wide of the post.

10 minutes in Luis Nani came close to opening up the scoring, he cut in from the right but his strike on goal flew just over Joe Hart's bar.

Just after the half hour mark there was some improvement in United's play with both Fletcher and Nani forcing saves out of Hart. The first came from Fletcher but his header was comfortably saved by Hart and then two efforts came from Nani, his first was saved by Hart and his second was way off target.

Nani opened the scoring, Edwin Van Der Sar's long ball found Wayne Rooney, who flicked the ball to Ryan Giggs. Giggs' through ball was finished off superbly by Nani to give United the lead.

Manchester City equalised with 25 minutes remaining. Shaun Wright-Phillips low ball in was hit by Edin Dzeko, the ball took a deflection off Silva and past Van Der Sar. Dimitar Berbatov was immediately brought on for Anderson by Sir Alex Ferguson after the City goal.

Wayne Rooney scored what turned out to be the winner with 13 minutes remaining. Nani crossed the ball into the penalty area from the right, Rooney's fantastic overhead kick flew into the top corner of the goal.

Third place Manchester City are now eight points behind United in the table, having played a game extra. Second place Arsenal play Wolves in the afternoon kick off at the Emirates, Chelsea don't play Fulham until Monday.

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