Manchester Derby 2013: City Proves Dominance over United in Rout
Manchester City outclassed Manchester United on both sides of the pitch on Sunday at Etihad Stadium, rolling to a convincing 4-1 victory.
This was a complete rout. United may have controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match, according to ESPN FC, but the club did nothing with it.
United got 14 shots off on Sunday, but only three were on goal.
Wayne Rooney, the only player who showed up for United, scored the loan goal for the club in the 87th minute off a 25-yard free kick. But, overall, the match was a disaster for David Moyes' team.
City got off 17 shots on Sunday, of which five were on goal. Four of these five shots on goal found net.
Sergio Aguero scored twice (in the 16th and 47th minutes), while Yaya Toure (45+1) and Samir Nasri (50th minute) added a goal apiece. Aguero's goal to start the second half was particularly embarrassing for United, as Moyes' defense completely broke down. City's Alvaro Negredo simply lofted a ball over the defense to Aguero, who was all alone on the back post and touched the ball into the net.
Toure was magnificent on Sunday, as well as Aguero and Vincent Kompany.
For United, Ashley Young was particularly dreadful during his 52 minutes on the pitch. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Patrice Evra, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck all followed suit. Like I said, Rooney seemed to be the only player who made an impact for United.
Will United bounce back from the loss to City?
United was awful in the first half, and whatever Moyes said to the club at halftime apparently didn't stick. This was an embarrassment of the highest variety, and it's a wonder it didn't rival the infamous 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
Yes, United was without Robin van Persie, but that doesn't excuse the club on the back end. There still should have been a better effort from United offensively.
For United fans who need some hope, Mike Henson of BBC Sport noted after the match that six of United's 13 Premier League titles have come after the club lost three of their first five matches.
But I won't be shouting any words of encouragement to United. David Moyes' team didn't deserve it on Sunday.
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