The two Manchester clubs have re-claimed their top two spots on the English Premier League table after solid wins on Wednesday night.
Manchester City moved back up to second spot with a 2-0 home triumph over Aston Villa, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan both scoring in the final 15 minutes.
As a result, Leicester City’s stay at the top was temporary, dropping down to third, while Liverpool remain fourth but are now six points behind leaders United who have played a game more, while they trail City by four points having played the same number of matches.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with his side’s resolve to get the three points, which extends their unbeaten league to 13 games.
“Oh, they’re massive, they are,” the Norwegian said about the three points.
“You know, when you count the points at the end of the season, you look back and say that was a tight game and this was a tight game.
“It gives so much confidence and a morale boost as well to get three points instead of a draw. Easily towards the end it could have been (a draw) because they’ve created chances, David (De Gea)s made a fantastic save with his feet but we should have finished the game off before then.”
Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola reveled his side’s display, which he said was reminiscent of a champion side.
“The most important thing to me, rather than the six victories in a row, is we are back since the Newcastle game playing the way we need to play to be champions,” Guardiola said.
“Everyone wants to be champion, but you have to show you deserve it. We controlled many aspects. We had the right tempo, conceded few. We have to be more clinical in the final third, but we will improve.”
Liverpool can close the gap on the top three, when they host Burnley on Thursday.