United manager Louis van Gaal says every Reds fan deserves to enjoy the derby victory over City and insisted that he was "proud and delighted" with the result and performance.
The United boss hailed the Old Trafford faithful for their unbroken backing through what has sometimes been a testing first season in charge.
He cited the great support given to the team in the good times and the bad after a superb come-from-behind victory over the Bluenoses.
Van Gaal was in buoyant mood when he addressed the media post-match, and said:
"We have shown that strength of recovery often" he said when asked about United's response having gone behind to an early Sergio Aguero goal.
"I have more than once given compliments to my players about that because, in all the matches, we are going until the end with a great spirit and we have shown that once more against City.
"I am very pleased for the fans of course, because they have supported us when the results were not so good and now they are very good- I am very happy for the fans that they can walk through the streets without being embarrassed.
"They can go on the streets, hat up, and they can say now that their team is the better team this year because we are four points ahead."
Van Gaal heaped lavished praise of United's man of the match Ashley Young, who scored the equaliser and set up two of the other three goals in the dominant win.
"Ashley was Man of the Match and I think that was right- if I had to choose, I would have chosen him.
"Also, Fellaini is very important in our game plan and I am very pleased that he plays for Manchester United and no-one else."
Van Gaal later added:
"At Liverpool, it was about the first half but we did not start so well, I have to say that Manchester City had the better start.
"But then we came back into the game because of the assist of David de Gea, more or less, for the first goal for Ashley Young.
"Then we gained confidence and we performed our game plan much more.
"In the second half, we played very well with a lot of pace and power in our game- I was very pleased with the second half and I am proud that we have had this fantastic win over Manchester City, a major competitor, today."
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