Manchester City's Argentine ace scores all-important 63rd-minute winner to ensure hosts pocket full points against rivals Man United
London: Sergio Aguero's goal ensured Louis van Gaal's first Manchester derby ended in defeat as Manchester City beat 10-man Man United 1-0 at Eastlands yesterday.
Super Sergio: Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (right) shoots to score against Manchester United during the English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England yesterday. Manchester City won 1-0. Pic//Getty Images
United manager Van Gaal's side had to play more than half the match a man down as defender Chris Smalling was sent off in the 39th minute after collecting two needless yellow cards, having charged down goalkeeper Joe Hart's clearance kick before a reckless foul on James Milner.
City had several penalty appeals rejected by referee Michael Oliver before Aguero fired City into a 63rd-minute lead after finishing from close range to crown a superb one-touch move involving Yaya Toure and Gael Clichy.
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The Argentine striker's 10th league goal of the season left him top of the Premier League scoring charts after he had been tied on nine goals with Chelsea's Diego Costa heading into this weekend's round of matches.
Hart then saved well from Angel di Maria to deny United an equaliser 14 minutes from time before Marouane Fellaini wastefully headed wide when well-placed to make it 1-1.
Toure, however, could have made it 2-0 in the first of five minutes of added-on time but headed over the top from a few yards out.
Victory in front of their own fans saw Premier League champions City move to within six points of leaders Chelsea as they ended a run of three games without a win in all competitions. But they remained third in the table, two points adrift of second-placed Southampton.
"They (Utd) played well towards the end, we had most of the chances but you miss a couple and you seem to lose control of the game," City captain Vincent Kompany.