Paul Scholes was eager to point out the hard work of Manchester United's holding midfielders in their derby-day triumph.
Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw stole the headlines with their goals which earned United a 2-0 win at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Fernandes put the Red Devils ahead from the penalty spot in the second minute and Shaw doubled the lead shortly after half-time.
United were incisive on the counter-attack when they did have the ball, but lots of their best work came when they were out of possession.
Scholes was especially impressed with holding midfield duo Fred and Scott McTominay, and credited them with keeping City's creative stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan quiet.
"A big thing was getting the midfield right against Manchester City," Scholes told Premier League Productions .
"I think they did that, Fred and McTominay had a big job, but you could see how tight and compact they were, there was no space for City in there.
"Fred and McTominay won the ball and managed to break as well. It worked perfectly.
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"City's best players are obviously De Bruyne and Gundogan, so if you stop them you go a long way to stopping City. You have to say they didn't really have an influence on the game.
"They knew they had to keep compact, keep the middle area tight and the plan worked perfectly."
Scholes also heaped praise on left-back Shaw, who is continuing to prove himself an attacking threat to give United another option going forward.
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The Old Trafford legend added: "It's nice for other players to chip in. It wasn't the cleanest of strikes [from Shaw] but it comes through bodies as well.
"People need to chip in if you're going to win big games, you're going to go to City, you can't just rely on the same players all the time.
"United were very good, really deserved that. And as long as they get players chipping in [with goals], they'll win more games like this."
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