AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Robin Van Persie scores a late winner to give Manchester United a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, ending City's two-year unbeaten home run and giving Alex Ferguson's team a six point lead over their cross-town rivals at the top of the Premier League.
Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin Van Persie (L) shoots during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on December 9. United beat City 3-2.
1540 GMT: Alex Ferguson says: "The victory was special as they have not lost at home for two years." In his view, the result did not reflect United's domination, with Ferguson claiming United were denied a valid third goal when Ashley Young was ruled offside.