breathless encounter. Nikica Jelavic headed the opener but United roared back through Rooney and superb goals from Welbeck and Nani.
After Marouane Fellaini’s volley, Rooney’s second seemingly put the game to bed, only for Everton to stun the Reds with late strikes from Jelavic and Steven Pienaar.
Suddenly City were back within three points and everything pointed to the colossal derby at the Etihad, as had seemed likely for so long. A cautious United contained the Blues until the last minute of the first half, when Vincent Kompany struck the decisive blow, to which the Reds could not respond. Advantage City on goal difference…
Goal of the month - Welbeck v Everton
April – and the Everton game alone – provided a few contenders. Welbeck gets it for his top-corner effort, delivered after fooling Heitinga with a dummy. Howard had no chance.
Player of the month - Paul Scholes
While goal-happy Rooney grabbed headlines, Scholes was content to pull the strings in midfield and showcase his timeless passing ability. He also notched his third goal of the season with a trademark long-range effort against QPR.
Quote of the month
"We have to get used to playing City in important games. They’re not going away." - Sir Alex Ferguson