Manchester United recovered from the shock of seeing City go 6 points clear in the most cruel fashion to record an important 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.
Okay; This blog is not one to gone on about the praises of heroes on the day because the media and fans alike have already done that. I usually save my space to point out one or tow things that I think are being overlooked.
Firstly, as far as the goalkeepers go, it's a case of choose who and forgo what. De Gea is by far better than Lindegaard when it comes to ball distribution but the Dane can argue that he's better than the Spaniard when it comes to catching balls even amidst a crowd of players. Okay, the Dane has not caught one or two in his time but he is marginally better.
Given the rigours of the EPL and the little or no protection keepers get from the man in the middle, Lindegaard is the less risky option.
Chris Smalling is now the next best thing we have to Vidic. It's fair to argue now that the young Englishman is ahead of Rio in the pecking order.
Paul Scholes was worth the gamble. It went unnoticed at the weekend that he switched play to Valencia's wight wing that was devoid of Arsenal players and that gave the null a chance to skin Arshavin and beast his way into the box to tee up Welbeck for the winner.
The rest of the talking points have already been exhausted by Her Majesty's press.
The importance of the result at the weekend couldn't have been overstated. We've given City that much to think about over their 'FA Cup break'. But of anything, they'll now be aware that the Champions are not going to give up their crown without a fight---whether they have the temperament to see out the job remains to be seen.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!