Manchester United crushes City in derby as Chelsea extends Premier League lead

    (CNN)While the power balance in English football has moved south to London this season, the pendulum in the former northern stronghold of Manchester has swung to the red half of the city.

    On a day that started with Chelsea going seven points clear of capital rival Arsenal, snatching a 1-0 win at lowly Queens Park Rangers, Manchester United all-but ended the Premier League title defense of so-called "noisy neighbor" City.
    United, which last won the title in 2013, consolidated third place after coming from behind to seal a 4-2 home victory Sunday that put Louis van Gaal's team in control of its hopes of sealing an automatic European Champions League berth with six games to play.
      City fell to a sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions, dropping four points behind United -- and seven ahead of sixth-placed Liverpool, which plays its game in hand at home to Newcastle on Monday.
        Manager Manuel Pellegrini is likely to face further scrutiny over his future, with City now 12 points behind Chelsea and knocked out of Europe and the two domestic cup competitions.