Sunday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford did neither Manchester club any favours, but there was certainly some encouraging displays from both United and City players.
With United closing in on a much-needed win over a top-four rival, Liverpool needed a late goal from substitute Adam Lallana to salvage a draw and maintain Jurgen Klopp's side's unbeaten start in the Premier League.
United were the better side for large periods, with goalscorer Marcus Rashford the epitome of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactical approach.
The England striker opened the scoring on 36 minutes, showing great movement in the box to evade the attention of Joel Matip to apply the finishing touch to a Daniel James cross and was at the fore of United's counter-attacks.
The points dropped allowed Manchester City to make up a little ground, with Saturday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace punctuated by a superb David Silva finish for City's second, while goalkeeper Ederson denied both Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha with stunning saves at the opposite end.
Youri Tielemans capped a brilliant individual performance with Leicester City's winner against Burnley while Theo Walcott was the creative fulcrum that helped Everton record a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United.
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