David Moyes will get his first taste of the Manchester
derby today, as United travel to the Etihad locked
on seven points with local rivals Manchester City.
Both sides would’ve preferred a much better start
to the new season, but with no clear Premier
League leader at the moment, the title is still up for grabs for no fewer than six teams. With Manchester United having considerably
tougher fixtures, David Moyes will certainly be the
happier manager in Manchester at the moment. Its
also worth pointing out that our side is much more
settled than City’s, with Pellegrini making a few
changes for each game. Match Details KO: 16:00 BST Venue: Etihad Stadium Date: 22nd September 2013 Manchester United go into the game without any
injury problems, and just a few players who may be
lacking match fitness. Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones
and Rafael have all recently started training again,
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Sergio Aguero bagged the opener for Manchester City in the 16th minute thanks in part to a stinging cross from Alexander Kolarov to give the home fans the early boost.
Samir Nasri won the ball and advanced down the left side, ending up just outside the box. Manchester United defender Chris Smalling closed him down well, but Kolarov supported with a great run just behind Nasri, having lost his defender Valencia.
The French winger flicked Kolarov the ball, and he lashed in a perfect cross which Aguero connected to perfectly with a 90 degree touch-volley into the top right corner.
The loss of Robin van Persie for Manchester United now looms even larger with the visitors playing from behind early.
Sergio Agüero fired Manchester City to a 1-0 lead over rival Manchester United via this impressive over-the-shoulder no-look volley in the first half of their match Sunday in the Premier League.
Equally impressive was the combination play of Samir Nasri (note the nonchalant backheel) and Aleksandar Kolarov, who unzipped United defenders Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia.
Of note, Manchester United star striker Robin van Persie missed the game with a groin injury. City leads 2-0 heading into the halftime break thanks to a goal from Yaya Toure in first-half stoppage time.
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Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
Sergio Aguero 16, Yaya Toure 45+2, Aguero 47, Samir Nasri 50
Manchester City will remember this derby day as one of their finest days in many years. Manchester United will want to forget it ever happened. David Moyes, in his first derby day as manager, watched his side give the ball away frequently and surrender to a City side that was faster, stronger, sharper and by appearances, better organised.
United now have 7 points from 5 games. They may have faced a tough fixture list in the early part of the season but this defeat will take some recovery, not least because of how utterly one-sided this game was. Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed an afternoon where his side overran Manchester United for vast majority of the game and made world class players look decidedly ordinary.
Wayne Rooney’s magnificent free kick…
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With their total domination of Manchester United, the home side of the Manchester derby had a number of different players shine for manager Manuel Pellegrini.
So who wins the award as best player on the pitch? There are a number of candidates, as the entire team played to near-perfection. Let’s run through the list.
1) Samir Nasri:
The choice of those at the Etihad, Samir Nasri won Sky Sports’ Man of the Match award. Nasri had a hand in three of the four goals. He slotted through a streaking Alexander Kolarov to set up the first goal, he assisted the second with a strong volley which De Gea could only parry, and he scored the third of the match.
The French winger was 42/47 passing (91%), including 17/19 in the attacking third. He created three chances, the most of any Sky Blues players. More importantly, Nasri and Yaya Toure combined…
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