Manchester United strolled to success at Old Trafford on Saturday against a determined Reading side and marched 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Meanwhile, arch rivals City were held at Everton which sees the Red club of Manchester move 15 points clear at the top of the table and within touching distance of their another Premier League crown.
United started the match slowly and were never really threatened by a side involved in the relegation scrap fight. United scored the only and decisive goal of the match through Wayne Rooney and a massively fortunate deflection.
With the score line at 1-0 United never seemed to move out of second gear as the match failed to live up to the pre-match predictions of a turbulent Manchester United blowing away the second from bottom club.
Elsewhere in what could prove to be the final blow to their title defence, Manchester City were humbled 2-0 by ten men Everton. In a match in which true Everton grit and determination was on show that seemed to have deserted them last week against Wigan when they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.
Everton played most of the second half with ten men after the sending off of Steven Pienaar for a second bookable offence started off the scoring with Leon Osman scoring a scorcher of a goal from the edge of the area while Nika Jelavic rounded off the scoring by clinching the second deep into injury time.
In a season where their title credentials have been tested by United, City for the most part have failed to deliver both offensively and defensively partly due to injuries to crucial players and partly due to the dip in form of the city strikers.
Some would attribute this loss of tempo to the failure to make big name signings in the summer. One thing's for sure, City have been far less than the force they were last season.
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