When the final whistle blew on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, Manchester City had left no doubt they were the best team in the city. It was an occasion for City fans to celebrate as they earned their largest victory over their rivals in their clubs history and handed United manager Sir Alex Fergueson the biggest defeat of his legendary career. The 6-1 victory lifts Manchester City 5 points clear in the English Premier League after Chelsea fell 1-0 to Q.P.R.
From the match’s opening moments, David Silva just looked a touch above his opposition on the pitch. It began in the 14th minute when he dribbled his way into the thick of the Manchester United defense and five United defenders could not dispossess the Spaniard. His presence was felt everywhere on the pitch, his dribbling was fantastic, and his passing was truly a joy to behold. Silva’s genius was even seen in his inaction when he left James Milner’s pass untouched for Mario Balotelli who fired it past David De Gea for the game’s opening goal. After scoring, Balotelli lifted his shirt to reveal a t-shirt saying “Why Always Me?” referring to the Italian’s crazy weekend that saw his house with severe fire damage after an accident involving fireworks in one of his bathrooms.
As the first half continued, both sides enjoyed half chances, with the best chance being spoiled by United defender Johnny Evans as he missed an open chance from a Wayne Rooney pass. The teams went into the locker rooms at halftime, with City up 1-0 and looking strong.
The game would change just a few minutes after the halftime break, with Johnny Evans making a disastrous mistake, by dragging down Mario Balotelli after the Italian striker found his way in on goal. Evans was shown the red card for the professional foul and as the Northern Irishman trotted off the pitch, so too did United’s hopes for victory.
Silva had his hand in City’s next goal with some spectacular dribbling before moving the ball to James Milner who fired a cross to Mario Balotelli who buried the chance in the back of the net. The onslaught continued for City when they earned another goal nine minutes later, with Sergio Aguero capping off another spectacular run of play from City with his 9th goal of the season to tie Wayne Rooney atop the scoring table.
Darren Fletcher was the lone goal scorer for Manchester United after a nice little one-two with Chicharito before a nice first touch finish that found the upper corner over an outstretched Joe Hart. The goal would serve as no consolation for Manchester United, as the worst was yet to come for them.
Just before stoppage time, Rio Ferdinand conceded a corner kick off a misplaced back pass to De Gea, and United was made to pay for their mistakes again. This time Edin Dzeko found a goal after the ball was flicked on by a Gareth Barry header and Joleon Lescott kept the ball from going out of bounds. Then in the 91st minute, David Silva found his way onto the score sheet after an excellent break by Manchester City with an excellent slotted shot past De Gea. Edin Dzeko squandered another late chance for City before earning his second goal of the day thanks do a surgical pass from David Silva that dissected the United defense and made the final score 6-1 in favor of Manchester City.
This weekend has left City standing at the top of the table, five points clear of Manchester United and now enjoying a considerable advantage in goal differential. Big things were expected of the club traditionally considered second best in Manchester, but few could see them being so good this soon. Now boasting one of the league’s top goal scorers with Sergio Aguero, along with who many consider to be the top player so far with David Silva, Manchester City has to be considered one of the top clubs in the world and are definitely the team to beat in the English Premier League.
Roberto Mancini's smiling visage gets the background for orchestrating such a perfect dismantling of Manchester United. Tune in tomorrow to hear about Lionel Messi's struggles against Sevilla.
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