The Manchester derby resulted in a resounding win for the blue half of thSport | Impressive City demolish United | Reporte city, with Manchester City thrashing Manchester United 4-1.
United, without talisman Robin Van Persie due to a groin injury, never looked like beating City, and apart from the excellent Wayne Rooney, didn’t really get going in the game. City, on the other hand, saw strong performances all over the pitch, with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero impressing.
In the 16th minute, Alexander Kolorov’s cross found Sergio Aguero, and the Argentinian striker produced an impressive left foot finish to send the Etihad Stadium wild. Yaya Toure, who had the better of United’s new £27.5 million signing Marouane Fellaini all game, put the ball in the back of the net, after Alvaro Negredo produced a flick-on. With this goal coming in injury time of the first half, it was a sucker punch for the Red Devils.
Things didn’t get any better for United after half-time, with Aguero benefitting from some lacklustre United defence to produce a simple side-finish home, and Nasri scored just a couple of minutes later, after Jesus Navas’ excellent run down the wing. Navas clipped the ball to the back post, missing the head of Vidic in defence, at a perfect height for Nasri to volley past the stranded David De Gea in the United net.
City took their foot off the gas after that goal, and United’s performance in the last 30 minutes will have encouraged David Moyes. After Patrice Evra hit the bar with a thumping header, Rooney, who was the best player in a red shirt by a long distance, produced a sublime free-kick to give United a consolation goal.
It was still a resounding victory for Manuel Pellegrini and his men, however, and it will give the blue half of Manchester a big confidence boost, after a dominating display.