Manchester United has beaten Manchester City 2-0 to return to the top of the English Premier League football championship and closer to a record-equalling 18th title.
Cristiano Ronaldo's deflected free kick and a superb strike by Carlos Tevez on the stroke of halftime made it a comfortable afternoon at Old Trafford for United who moved three points clear of second-placed Liverpool.
United are on 83 points and have three games left to play to Liverpool's two. Four points from their matches at Wigan Athletic on Wednesday and at home to Arsenal next Saturday would mean they are uncatchable.
It was Ronaldo's 18th goal of the league season.