Game, set & match: Manchester City stroll to victory in Manchester derby

Manchester United’s dominance in Manchester is coming to an end it seems, as they were beaten blue by Manchester City at Old Trafford in a match which ended few minutes ago, and if you did not watch it, then hold your breath, 1-6, in favor of the Citizens, and no wonder Old Trafford was almost empty before the final whistle, while the City end were celebrating. Mancini was true to his words likewise for his players, who said they are going to Old Trafford relaxed and ready to win and put United 5 points adrift from the current leaders. Balotelli and Dzeko (substitute for Balotelli) netted twice, while Silva and Aguero netted one each to put the game to bed, and humiliate the Red Devils, for whom Fletcher scored only a consolation when City was leading 1-3.

United took possession of the ball from the start, but could not trouble the City backline, and got caught on the 22nd minute when Balotelli slid the ball easily past De Gea from the edge of the box. United took a big blow from that goal, and from there, it seemed that there was no way back. The second half had barely started when Evans was shown a red card for fouling Balotelli, and with 10 men, the Red Devils could no longer hold on. Balotelli scored his second on the hour mark, soon followed by Aguero 9 minutes later. United were clearly outplayed, but with 10 minutes remaining, Fletcher got one back, only to see Dzeko net a fourth for City on the 89th minute, and Silva then netted the fifth on the 91st, and Dzeko ended the festival on the 93rd with a sixth for City.

City has shown today that even without being brilliant in possession, they can win a game, and in style as well, as almost every attack or counter which they led finished in a goal. Evans’ stupidity may have been the turning point of the game, but it does not justify the lack of passion shown by the players in red today, as they rarely called Hart in action at the other end, while De Gea was completely helpless for all goals City scored. The United squad needs a real shake up if they want to keep up with City, as it may seem that City’s uprising this season will shock even the best clubs around, and do not be surprised to see them lift the title at the end of the season if they continue on their great form.

 

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