CITY CRUSH UNITED IN DERBY
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Manchester City conquered Manchester United 4-1 in a chastening Manchester derby of the Barclays Premier League Champions at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Sergia Aguero’s brace, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri ensured that the home side accumulates maximum points, whilst Wayne Rooney netted a scant consolation goal for the visitors.
City showed their intentions earlier in the game with Aguero netting a brilliant opener on the 16th minute after a poor defending from United. City used the injury time to double their lead. They found a corner which Alvaro Negredo headed down for Toure to force the ball at the back of the net.
In the first five minutes of the second half, City struck twice to add more pain to United. Negredo’s cross on the left side found Aguero unmarked and he clinically netted his second goal of the game. Jesus Navas connected with Captain Vincent Kompany, drawing away full backs and allowing Nasri a space to volley home at the far post.
Red Devils were awarded a free-kick on the 87th minute, which Rooney curled home to become a top goal scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals.
The results move City up to the third place with 10 points, just two points behind log-leaders Arsenal. City demolished United 6-1 at home two seasons ago.
United Manager, David Moyes, admitted that his side was not good enough. “We didn’t play well,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “They were better and started much stronger, much quicker than us.
“I thought Manchester City were very good. We weren’t, I’ve got to say, but Manchester City started the game really well. They got a grip of the game very early on. We didn’t. We never really got to grips with their midfield players in the early part of the game, and because of that they started to get domination.
“We had to be stronger. We weren’t. But great credit to the lads that they kept going, and kept working away and got a goal back. We’ll get better. It’s a long season to go, so we’ll put this behind us and move on,” said Moyes.
The defeat places United on the 8th spot with 7 points after five games played. United will play Liverpool in the Capital One Cup game on Wednesday at Old Trafford. This is an opportunity for Moyes to send his side back to the winning ways.
“Whatever manager loses a game, you get on and try to win the next game. You just play the next game and see how you go. We’ll do everything we can to win the next one.”