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Author Name: Tom Williams
Aguero gives City spoils against 10-man United
The United centre-back saw two yellow cards after trying to block a clearance by Joe Hart and then fouling James Milner, and after seeing three penalty appeals waved away, City eventually took the spoils thanks to Aguero. The Argentine's 63rd-minute strike ended a run of three winless games for City, who climbed back to within six points of leaders Chelsea ahead of Wednesday's crucial Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow. Victory gave third-place City a fourth consecutive league win over their neighbours for the first time since 1970, and left Louis van Gaal's United seven points behind the champions in ninth place. Angel di Maria twice forced City back with crosses from wide on the left, but from the first Adnan Januzaj sliced off target and from the second Robin van Persie headed wide. United weathered the storm, but they gifted City the momentum when Smalling was needlessly sent off in the 39th minute. Having received a first booking for standing in front of Hart as the City goalkeeper looked to launch a clearance, he foolishly flew in on Milner, leaving referee Michael Oliver with no option but to dismiss him. Aguero saw another penalty shout ignored after being clipped by Carrick, but City's persistence paid off in the 63rd minute. With the home fans scenting blood, City manager Pellegrini sent on Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko for the final 20 minutes.

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