Derby win sends City to summit
Manchester City have soared to the top of the Barclays Premier League table after defeating Manchester United 1-0.
Vincent Kompany's first-half header was enough to earn City a 1-0 victory over United as Roberto Mancini's side replaced their rivals at the top of the Barclays Premier League on goal difference.
Victory at Newcastle on Sunday, followed by another at home to London's Queen's Park Rangers on the final day will, barring a mathematical miracle, be enough to secure the Blues their first title since 1968.
The prospect clearly did not impress Sir Alex Ferguson, who got himself embroiled in a furious touchline exchange with Roberto Mancini, with both men having to be pulled away before the heated exchange escalated still further.
The Italian responded in kind and at one point only fourth official Mike Jones stood between the pair, who after repeated clashes, were eventually pulled apart by their backroom staff. Tempers had cooled at the final whistle enough for the customary handshake to take place, although the fire mattered little to City.
Just four games after that Arsenal debacle, after which their hopes appeared dead, City are back on top and agonisingly close to their holy grail after completing a league double over their great rivals for only the second time in 42 years.
Speaking after the game, Kompany said City's players are now on the brink of realising their childhood dreams, but called for focus for the remainder of the season. He said: "It's far from over and we know that, but to give our fans two wins over United this season... we have to finish it off and we have to do it over the next two games."
Around 47,000 fans flocked to the Etihad Stadium to watch the sell-out clash while thousands more watched in pubs and bars around Manchester.
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was among the City fans celebrating the triumph over their arch-rivals. The Beady Eye singer burst into the club's media room after Mancini's post-match press conference and announced: "I love Mancini, he is nearly as cool as me."
Greater Manchester Police said officers made a total of 31 arrests in the city centre and in or around the ground. The majority of those detained were held for minor drink-related and public order offences.