Robin van Persie’s late winner sends United six points clear of City after controversial Manchester derby finish

By Mancunian Matters staff

Robin van Persie’s last-minute winner stretched Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Premier League to six points and ended Manchester City’s two-year unbeaten home record at the Etihad.

Wayne Rooney has given Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a two-goal lead at the break – his fourth Premier League goal in a week – before Yaya Toure gave City a lifeline.

The champions thought they had claimed a point when Argentine Pablo Zabaleta made it 2-2 from 20 yards with a fierce drive.

However, van Persie’s deflected free kick in stoppage sealed the 3-2 win for United in a controversial last few minutes of an end-to-end derby.

Rio Ferdinand needed treatment for a cut eye after an object appeared to be thrown from the crowd when celebrating.

And former Red Devil Carlos Tevez – who was named a substitute by boss Roberto Mancini – appeared to kick out at United’s Phil Jones.

The loss for City marks their first defeat since 2010 at home and caps off a terrible week for the Italian after their elimination from Europe.

STRIKE: Robin van Persie scores

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