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The huge scoreboard showed more than the result.
It was the mirror reflecting the desperation of a team who had got it all wrong in their match. It reflected the warmth in the heart of the rival fans and players who had at last got their revenge. It reflected maybe the shift of power from one club to another.
Sir Alex's till-then-all-conquering squad had been shredded by their "star-studded" crosstown rivals. Roberto Mancini's multimillion-valued squad had cut through the United defence and registered their biggest win in a long time.
City had always been quite a few stairs down from their derby rivals since they started as a club. They had been inflicted shameful drubbings by Manchester United over the years and City's fans never really had got a proper chance to brag. Moreover, they had to face taunts and insults over so many decades.
The scoreboard at Old Trafford was their win, their revenge, their bragging rights and their chance to avenge the taunts and insults inflicted on them.
A nearly half-empty "Theater of Dreams" had lived up to its name. The only difference was that it had lived up to its name for the rival fans and not its own fans. Sir Alex derided the loss and will surely avenge it but this one result will hurt Manchester United fans as long their club remains.