Manchester United kept their 6 point lead at the top of the table intact with a comfortable 3-1 over Sunderland at Old Trafford.
It was vital that United built on the great work of their win over City and with the nearest rivals winning earlier in the day, the Reds knew what they needed to do.
They started brilliantly, with the central midfield duo of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley playing neat passing football and all the attackers looking dangerous with every attack.
United took the opportunity at 3-0 to give Nemanja Vidic a run out on his return from injury which was great to see, and ensured he was fully tested by bringing on Giggs and Scholes to protect from the middle (!).
There were some lovely goals and plenty of great play. Here are my Top 5 GIF Moments…
1. One-Touch Tika Taka Passing move
Brilliant one touch passing move by United to move the ball from wide right to wide left. The final first time pass out wide by Tom Cleverley is particularly tasty. Stunning football.
2. Phil Jones ‘nutmeg’ pass 1-2
With Rafael rested, Phil Jones started at right back and was one of the Reds best players on the day. Solid in defence, he was also a threat in attack. He knows how to cross a ball very well. This moment sees him play a nutmeg pass and then showed great commitment to get to the return and help keep possesion.
3. Nice play, Robin van Persie flick pass
More brilliant passing from United as the look to attack including a beautiful little back-heeled flick pass on the turn by Van Persie.
4. Antonio Valencia pass
As the ball is pinged out wide by Paul Scholes, Antonio Valencia spots the great run of Phil Jones and plays a brilliant first time cushioned volley pass into his path. Jones controls on his thigh but his cross is gets blocked.
5. Tom Cleverley half volley pass
Tom Cleverley followed up his Derby Day display with another solid performance. This moment like in the first one, demonstrates what he brings to the table – his ability to get United attacking with a tempo. This stunning first time half volley pass gets Ashley Young on the ball out wide early.