LONDON - Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after grinding out a 0-0 draw against arch rivals Manchester United, while Sunderland crushed 10-man Newcastle 3-0 in a record-breaking north-east derby on Sunday.

A forgettable 170th Manchester derby yielded only two shots on target at Old Trafford, but that was enough to return City to the summit on goal difference above Arsenal, with United two points back in fourth place.

Manuel Pellegrini's City could point to the absence of injured duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva, which partly explained why their attack ran dry after a flood of 11 goals in two league games.

"We are back at the top of the table," Pellegrini said. "I prefer to play in another way but we defended well. It was very tactical. Unfortunately it was not a very attractive game."

There were no such excuses for Louis van Gaal's United, although they came closest to scoring when Anthony Martial teed up substitute Jesse Lingard to volley against the bar late on. "I am proud of my players. They have been concentrating and focused for 90 minutes," van Gaal said. "We didn't create much but City adapted their line-up to our line-up. It was tough."

At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland swept to a record sixth successive Premier League triumph over hated neighbours Newcastle as Fabricio Coloccini's controversial dismissal proved the turning point. Newcastle had more than one reason to be aggrieved over the incident that shaped the outcome.

It came from a penalty awarded in first-half stoppage time when Newcastle defender Coloccini blocked Steven Fletcher as the Sunderland striker tried to reach a through ball. Whether referee Robert Madley was right to award the spot-kick converted by Adam Johnson was highly debatable, but the red card shown to the centre-back by referee Robert Madley was certainly harsh since goalkeeper Rob Elliot looked certain to reach the ball ahead of Fletcher.

Billy Jones and Fletcher added further goals for Sunderland in the second half to ensure that Sam Allardyce would be their fourth successive manager to win this derby in his second match in charge.

And to make the derby success even sweeter for Sunderland's players and fans, their first league win of the season lifted them above Newcastle on goal difference, although both remain in the relegation zone. "This was quite an achievement considering the low ebb we're in at the moment," Allardyce said. "Everyone's done a job. The players on the pitch and me, tactically setting them out.

We had some good fortune for the first goal and we took advantage of it."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren added: "It was never a penalty. Absolutely ridiculous. "The penalty and red card was a double whammy. We were the better side by a distance, but referee decisions are out of your control."

Elsewhere on Sunday, Harry Kane ended his goal drought in spectacular fashion as the Tottenham Hotspur striker's hat-trick inspired a 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth. Kane had scored only once in his last 11 games for Tottenham and England and had just a solitary club goal to his name this season.

But he appears to be firmly back on track after destroying the Bournemouth defence at Dean Court. Mauricio Pochettino's side had actually fallen behind after just 49 seconds to Matt Ritchie's strike. But Kane led the fightback, equalising with a penalty before goals from Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela put Tottenham in control prior to half-time.

Kane struck twice in seven minutes in the second half to confirm his return to form, lifting Tottenham to fifth place and leaving Bournemouth hovering just above the relegation zone. Later on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp looks for his first win as Liverpool manager at the third attempt when Southampton visit Anfield.


Tottenham 5-1 Bournemouth

Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Swansea 2-1 Aston Villa

Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace

West Brom 1-0 Norwich

Watford 2-0 Stoke

West Ham 2-1 Chelsea