Man City   2

Kolarov (48), Aguero (65)

Man United   3

Rooney (10, 40), Welbeck (30)

8 JANUARY 2012, ETIHAD STADIUM Attendance: 46,808

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Man City
30Pantilimon
2Richards
4Kompanyred card
6Lescott
13Kolarovgoal
21Johnsonsub21sub15
34De Jong
7Milner
21Silvasub21
19Nasrisub20
16Aguerogoal
Subs:
25Hart
5Zabaleta
22Clichy
15Savicsub21
20Hargreavessub19
62Razak
0Suarez
Man United
13Lindegaard
12Smalling
4Jones
5Ferdinandyellow card
3Evrayellow card
7Valencia
16Carrick
11Giggs
17Naniyellow cardsub18
10Rooneygoalgoal
19Welbeckgoalyellow cardsub8
Subs:
1De Gea
6Evans
2Rafael
8Andersonsub19
7Park
18Scholessub17
14Hernandez

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Having survived that brush with a deficit, United were soon ahead. Rooney dropped between City's lines to collect the ball before spreading it wide to Valencia. The Ecuadorian swung the ball towards the far post, where Rooney bulldozed between Nani and Micah Richards to power a header against the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

The away end was presently a heaving, writhing mass of delirium - and the mood was further heightened two minutes later when City skipper Kompany was dismissed in controversial fashion. The Belgian launched into a two-footed challenge to rob Nani of possession, but cleanly won the ball. Referee Chris Foy paused before brandishing his red card, whipping the Etihad Stadium into a storm of fury.

City's initial response was one of defiance. Aguero forced a magnificent full-strength save from Lindegaard with a curling effort from the edge of the area, then smashed another effort into the side-netting after seizing on a defensive misunderstanding between Ferdinand and Jones. Soon, though, United made the extra man tell.

Nani fed Patrice Evra down the left flank and, though the Frenchman's cross was half-cleared, Welbeck pounced on the loose, looping ball and hooked an unstoppable volley into Constel Pantilimon's bottom corner from 12 yards. The game's only Mancunian starter revelled in the moment, kissing his United badge as he wheeled away in delight.

Welbeck was involved again 10 minutes later as United established a three-goal lead. The 21-year-old was needlessly scythed down by Aleksander Kolarov inside the City area, prompting the award of a clear penalty by referee Foy. Pantilimon superbly parried out Rooney's penalty, only for the United striker to calmly nod the rebound into the unguarded goal.

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