Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his Manchester United side after their stunning derby win and said it proved they are on their way back.
United secured a league double over local rivals Manchester City for the first time in 10 years which kept them in fifth spot, firmly in the hunt for a Champions League place.
The win also edged United's arch rivals Liverpool a step closer to a first title for 30 years, with Jurgen Klopp's side now needing just two wins to be crowned champions.
Anthony Martial put United ahead after half-an-hour, with Scott McTominay adding a second in added time, punishing a poor throw from Ederson with a fine long-range hit.
Solskjaer hailed his players and said the victory proved United – who have not won the title since 2013 and remain a team in transition – are on course to head back to the very top.
“For me, it shows we're on the right track and improving,” said Solskjaer.
“We're Manchester United and we're looking to catch the teams in front of us.
“We feel we're improving all the time. We know we lack one, two or three players to be considered a title contender, as well as some experience.
“The connection between the fans and the players, that means a lot to me. I want these fans to know what these players want to do.
“They're about hard work, desire and commitment – they give absolutely everything.”
For City, it was a seventh league defeat in 28 games this season, with midfielder Bernardo Silva claiming their performance was unacceptable.
"It was a bad game for us,” said Silva. “Not acceptable. A team like ours cannot lose this many games.
“We need to check what’s not going right and try not to make so many mistakes."
But defiant City boss Guardiola said: “I don't agree with Bernardo. When our opponent [Liverpool] is far away, it's too much. They won all the games, except one defeat and one draw.
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