Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt a draw would have been a fair result at Old Trafford against Manchester United, but admitted the winner from Wayne Rooney, in the 2-1 defeat, was ‘fantastic.’
Nani put United ahead before City levelled thanks to a deflection off the back of David Silva. Rooney then planted a stunning overhead volley into the top corner to win the game.
City boss Mancini, asked if Rooney's goal had been pure genius, replied: "Yes. Only a fantastic goal can decide this game.
"A fair result was a draw. We played very well and I'm proud of my players.
"I thought we could win this game. After 1-1 I thought we had a chance to win. But it was a fantastic goal that Rooney scored and it changed this game."
Mancini conceded the eight-point gap was too great to be closed.
"Yes, it is very difficult (to catch United) but I think we should continue," the Italian said on Sky Sports 2. "Like today, when we lost a game that we don't deserve to lose, I think we can win a game that we don't deserve to win."