Last night derby game was excellent. United able to maintain their winning streak by overpowering City. United now can concentrate aiming for Top 2 while City need to fight for Top 4. Considering that City lost 6 in their last 8 games, City really really need to get their things right immediately.
I must admit, United started last night game slightly nervous. It was City who came close first. At 5″, Demichelis clearance set free Jesus Navas. Navas racing alone with Daley Blind helplessly chasing him. Great positioning by David De Gea as Navas’ shot went straight to De Gea legs.
City went up at 8″. United’s defence was asleep allowing David Silva unmarked inside the box. Silva squared the ball for simple tap by Sergio Aguero. My heart immediately sank thinking that going down within the first 10 minutes will dent United’s confidence.
Luckily, United didn’t easily bow down to City. United levelled at 14″. It was started from a sloppy back-pass from Phil Jones. The ball was not fast enough with Navas blazingly closing down. Thank God De Gea managed to frantically clear the ball before Aguero get a touch. The ball was hoofed far in City’s area before bouncing off Marouane Fellaini into Ander Herrera’s feet. Herrera then crossed the ball into the box. Gael Clichy slid trying to clear, but the ball fell nicely in front of in-mid-rotation Ashley Young. Young able to balance himself before smashing the ball into the net. The whole Old Trafford breathed a sigh of relief!
With the scores level, United switched into controlling mode while City fell apart. At 26″ United take lead courtesy of Fellaini’s header. A nice teamwork on the left between Blind and Young take the focus from City’s defence leaving Fellaini relatively unmarked on the right. Young then crossed the ball to the unmarked Fellaini. Fellaini then headed the ball into the net. It was poor awareness for Clichy. He is supposed to guard Fellaini was too late to realize it. Then again, he is definitely will not win against Fellaini in air battle.
Three minutes before the break Vincent Kompany lunged at Blind. The referee gave him yellow card with United fans all booing him thinking that it should have been red. City was lucky to still play with 11 players.
The second half start with Eliaquim Mangala came into the pitch replacing the limping Kompany. Can Mangala marshall City’s defence and prevent more goals conceded?
Apparently not. In a quick counter-attack, Fellaini wins back the ball, then pass it to Blind. Blind quickly pass to Rooney. Rooney then sets free a possibly offside Juan Mata. Mata kept on running one-on-one against Joe Hart. He then coolly slot the ball between Hart’s legs. GOALLL!! United lead by 3 to 1. On the replay, it was clear that Mata was offside, even-though the flag stays down.
What a defending mess from City. Seven minutes after the last goal, United increased the tally. Youngs’s free kick from the left met with Chris Smalling’s powerful header. It looks like another case of offside. But upon closer examination, it was Mangala who kept United players on-side.
It’s really game over for City. Although Aguero scored another goal at 89″, they didn’t celebrate as they know they can’t save the sinking ship.
Glory Glory Man United. Bring it on, Chelsea 😀