are simply not won in December, although the psychological benefits of victory at Eastlands could be gargantuan come what May.
"When you count the points up in May, I hope this win is significant," Sir Alex told MUTV afterwards. "Derby games like today are significant if you win them, there's no question about that. I hope it's really significant come the end of the season."
Crucially, the Reds now have an opportunity to build on a position of strength at the top of the league and, perhaps more importantly, fans can reflect on an excellent day’s work at the Etihad Stadium.