The reigning champions defeated Fulham 2-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a David Silva double to go within four points of United before their crosstown rivals were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham at White Hart Lane today.
Also in London today, Chelsea managed to hang on to a two-goal half-time lead to edge Arsenal 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Juan Mata and Frank Lampard, via the penalty spot, had the Blues ahead after 16 minutes before Theo Walcott pulled one back for the Gunners prior to the hour-mark.
The victory allowed Rafael Benitez's men to remain third on the table, sitting six points behind City and 11 in arrears of United with Spurs four further back in fourth position.
Liverpool joined sixth-placed Arsenal on 34 points courtesy of a 5-0 home drubbing of Norwich City. Jordan Henderson, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and an own-goal from Ryan Bennett allowed the Reds to make it three league wins at Anfield on the trot, scoring 12 goals and conceding none in the process.
Elsewhere, an Adam Le Fondre double allowed 18th-placed Reading to come from behind to defeat Newcastle United 2-1, who dropped to 16th, Jonathan de Guzman scored twice as Swansea City beat Stoke City 3-1 at home, Loic Remy netted on debut as QPR and West Ham United drew 1-1 with Joe Cole on the scoresheet, Steven Fletcher scored a brace as Sunderland produced a 3-2 comeback victory over Wigan Athletic and West Bromwich Albion scored twice in the second half to force a 2-2 draw in the West Midlands derby with Aston Villa.
2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores