Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United: Aguero wins derby after foolish Smalling red

Sergio Aguero’s 10th Premier League of the season proved the difference as Manchester City sealed a narrow victory over local rivals Manchester United.

After a quiet start to proceedings, David De Gea denied the hosts twice in quick succession midway through the first half as he saved from Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero.

City gradually grew into the game, and they were helped by a reckless Chris Smalling challenge after 38 minutes, with the former Fulham man handed his second booking for his trip on James Milner.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side grew increasingly dominant with their numerical advantage, and after Marcos Rojo was stretchered off, Aguero finally broke the deadlock as he turned in Gael Clichy’s left-wing cross.

Navas went close to doubling the hosts’ lead as he hit the post, though the Premier League champions needed Joe Hart to pull off a fine save from an Angel Di Maria shot to see the game out.

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