United face a tricky trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with their advantage at the top now whittled down to four points after the Spain midfielder almost grabbed a hat-trick for hosts and champions City.
Jordan Henderson scored a classy and rare goal in seventh-placed Liverpool's win, and there was also a landmark strike for Queens Park Rangers debutant Loic Remy, who netted for the bottom side in a 1-1 draw at West Ham United.
There were also victories for Swansea City, Reading and Sunderland.
(Reporting by Mark Meadows; Editing by Stephen Wood)
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