In Pictures: How Manchester City beat United in derby to move top of the Premier League

A vital result in one of the biggest clashes in the two rivals' history sees Roberto Mancini's side gain control of the title race. relives the key moments
By Chris Myson

Even the most optimistic of Manchester City fans may have accepted that the Premier League title was beyond them when Manchester United held a seven-point lead just weeks ago.

Now, though, Roberto Mancini's side have completed a remarkable turnaround, with their 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in the biggest Manchester derby in history putting them just two games away from winning a first league title since 1968.

On a nervous evening, Vincent Kompany's header just before half-time eventually proved decisive at Eastlands and the hosts now lead the standings on goal difference.

The fallout from the result is only just beginning and it remains to be seen who will have the last laugh in a season which is sure to produce more twists and turns as the two sides continue their battle for the title.

But as City fans begin their celebrations and supporters of United struggle to come to terms with what they have witnessed, relives the key moments of a Manchester derby that will live long in the memory for one half of the city.

Fans arrive | A sell-out crowd filters into Eastlands as a global TV audience tunes in

Close to kick-off | The two managers appear to be relaxed in the moments before the game

Steady start | United begin looking brighter with City making a nervous opening

Poor show | Nani fails to make the most of some early openings

No love lost | The challenges start flying in, with Park making little impact on the game

Moving into gear | City begin to look more comfortable as the first half progresses

Barking orders | Mancini was more animated than usual on the touchline

Star power | Diego Maradona is spotted supporting City in the stands

Decisive moment | Kompany heads home Silva's corner on the stroke of half-time

Eastlands erupts | The home fans sense a famous victory

Disconsolate | United ponder falling behind as their gameplan unravels

Frustrated Fergie | Sir Alex looks on as his side are suddenly trailing

Hosts hold firm | United start the second half briskly without creating a clear chance

Game in the balance | Nasri & Aguero hook shots wide at the other end

No goalmouth action | The ball is not breaking for the forwards on either side

Tensions boil over | Fergie & Mancini square up on the touchline as tense game nears end

Isolated | Rooney sees little of the ball despite Welbeck, Young & Valencia coming on

Full time | The whistle is greeted with a huge roar as Kompany & Co. celebrate

Disappointment | United acknowledge away fans but now know the title is out of their hands

Disappointment | Hart celebrates having had little to do during the 90 minutes

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