Manchester City and Manchester United fought out to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium to keep their hopes of a place in the Premier League’s top four alive.
Jose Mourinho would arguably be the happier man as Manchester United extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to 24 games — a record-equalling streak.
City would rue missing chances to win at their home turf as Sergio Aguero found the woodwork early on while substitute Gabriel Jesus had a later header correctly ruled out for offside.
Nonetheless, both teams would not come off the match unscathed as United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was sent off late on while City keeper Claudio Bravo may not play for the rest of season after leaving the pitch with an injury.
Bravo, 34, had to leave the pitch on a stretcher after hurting himself while catching a cross and clearing the ball, and was replaced by Willy Caballero. City coach Pep Guardiola said that he would probably be out for weeks.
On the other hand, Fellaini was shown a straight red in the 84th minute, seconds after being booked for tripping Aguero and a headbutt, but United held on to the goalless draw regardless.
The result meant that United remain fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed City and two behind Liverpool, who have played one game more.
While this somewhat solidify United’s quest for a top-four spot, two of the club’s final five games are away at sixth-placed Arsenal on 7 May and second-placed Tottenham on 14 May — and without Fellaini as well as several injured key players it could mean that Mourinho is facing very challenging fixtures with a depleted United team.