Manchester City rammed home their superiority over beleaguered rivals Manchester United in a comprehensive 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday, cutting its deficit to Premier League leader Chelsea to three points.
Edin Dzeko started a crushing win inside 43 seconds with the first of his two goals, before the imperious Yaya Toure finished it in the 90th minute — with his 21st goal of the season in all competitions.
While City may now be installed as the favourite to go on and clinch a second league title in three years, United — the champions by 11 points last season — are guaranteed to finish with their lowest points haul in the Premier League era.
Sitting seventh, United are even struggling to qualify for next season's Europa League.
Wenger gives up chase
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger all but conceded that their title bid is over and warned that his side had to focus on finishing in the top four after a 2-2 home draw with Swansea City.
Arsenal are now six points ahead of fifth-placed Everton, who won 3-0 at Newcastle United and have a game in hand.