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Monday, 23 September 2013 01:01

Manchester City rule supreme on derby day

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Manchester City demolished a woeful Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, in a game that David Moyes’ United struggled to compete with Pellegrini’s City wherever one cared to look.

David Moyes has only managed to get one point so far, from playing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City; statistics that Old Trafford supporters would have not expected, being the Premier League title holders. The start of the season saw betting online all for Manchester City and Chelsea, with United third favourites to retain the League title - one must admit that bookmakers have been right with their assessment.

The way City played brought back memories of their six goal thrashing of Man United, but this time, the way Manuel Pellegrini’s players performed all over the pitch was just spectacular and proved these type of score lines against arguably the best team in the English Premier League, were no flash in the pan. Manchester United and David Moyes just looked out of their depth, with only Wayne Rooney showing any kind of belief and blind determination which for so many years everyone has come to expect from the most successful club in the English Premier League.

It was a game that both teams had to win, and with good performances in the Champions League, supporters and neutrals were expecting a competitive game of football. But unfortunately that was not the case, Manchester United’s midfield was more or less non existent, with new signing Marouane Fellaini out done by the experienced Toure. The Red Devils defence was run ragged by Aguero and he was rewarded with two good goals. There was no Robin van Persie, and Welbeck never got into the game. Rooney tried his best and was eventually rewarded with a great 25 yard free kick, but even this could not hide the fact that it was one of the worst games for United.

Moyes has now stated he wants the players ‘to respond’ to this defeat, but one can’t help thinking whether it is the manager that needs to up his game. We all heard Sir Alex Ferguson ask supporters for patience and time for Moyes to settle into the role, but if this run in the league does not change and more importantly performances against the other ‘big hitters’ in the League do not improve drastically, doubts and anxiety will creep into the team and supporters.