The home side sealed victory through penalties from Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov, with one being converted in each half.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with the performance: “It was terrific – I thought our performance was very, very good.
“We kept playing our football, we kept moving the ball and played with great consistency and we could have won by maybe more – we should have had another two penalties I think.
“When you see we have won by two penalties it doesn’t really reflect how we performed, I thought it was a good performance by us.” SkySports
United are now equal on 54 points with City, and travel to take on Chelsea next at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
By Gareth McKnight