Manchester City grabbed an emphatic win over Manchester United in a one-sided derby at Old Trafford last night.
This win now means that Manchester City are just three points behind Chelsea with two games in hand and now few would bet against them to go on an lift the title at the end of this season. Manchester United however have remained rooted in 7th place in the table and with Tottenham winning their game at the weekend, they are now five points behind Spurs and six points behind Everton in the race for the fifth place in the table.
Manchester City made a flying start in this match as Edin Dzeko put the away side into the lead seconds after the kick-off. Samir Nasri’s shot stuck the near post on the left and deflected to Edin Dzeko at the far post, who was free and slotted it home past De Gea. Man City dominated the opening 10-15 minutes of the match with United hardly getting a look at the ball, but the home side weathered the storm and managed to fight their way back in the game later in the first half. Manchester United looked good in attack as well, but failed to create too many clear cut openings.
Man City once again came out strongly in the second half and Edin Dzeko completed his brace from a corner delivered by Samir Nasri. The striker got free of his marker Rio Ferdinand and cushioned the ball into the back of the net. At this point it was merely a matter of how many more City could score before the end of the match. Yaya Toure then provided the icing on the cake as he scored in the dying minutes of the game to make in 0-3. It was a humiliating score-line and a poor performance from Manchester United, in fact one felt that Man City didn’t even have to get out of their comfort zone for this game.
David Moyes was disappointed with the result, but he insisted that they were playing a superior side and that they “aspire” to reach the level of Manchester City.
“I think we’ve played a very good side and it’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time.
“I think we need to play better. We’re needing to come up a couple of levels at the moment and we’re not quite there.
“We didn’t start the game well, in the first 15 minutes they were very good and we’ve conceded a goal in 45 seconds so we’ve not given ourselves a fighting chance.
“I thought we grew into the first half and got better and until the second goal we had a chance, but on the night we didn’t do well enough.” – The Manchester United manager said.
The former Everton manager took responsibility for his side’s performance and stated that he didn’t expect the job to as tough as it has turned out to be.
“I take responsibility for the team, I always will do,
“Everyone knows this is going to be a job which is going to take a little bit of time to get the way we would like it, but that is the job and I recognise that.
“I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that, but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time.” – Moyes added.
Moyes also reflected on the various events in the game – how the early goal provided Manchester City with a lift and pointed out defensive error that allowed the second goal.
“We never started well. We never gave ourselves a great opportunity to get into the game,
“Manchester City started really fast and conceding a goal after 30-40 seconds made it difficult.
“I just think we never came out of the blocks. You prepare the players, you warm them up, you do all the things to have them ready, but we just never started.
“It gave them (City) a real big lift to get a goal so early on.
“We had to try to make sure we got through that 10-15 minute period when they were out of the blocks.
“After that, we weathered it and got ourselves back into the game and finished the half quite strong.
“The key to it was not to concede a second goal so we could always give ourselves a chance back in there, but I didn’t think we started the second half well.
“We brought pressure on us by our play and in the end we conceded a corner just before that and there was another one and then that led to a goal.
“It was obviously poor marking and we should have done much better.” – He said in his post-match press conference.