City succeed in ‘derby day’ spat – Man City 1 Man Utd 0

Sizzling Sergio Aguero’s 10th goal of the season consigned the most expensive ever starting XI in Premier League history to a well deserved defeat.

Oh the sweet sweet irony that, after all the jibes and the hideous hypocrisy that spews forth from The Swamp about youth development and creating, rather than buying top class players, Louis’ Gaalactico’s came up short at the Etihad.

Sergical strike - Aguero makes the breakthrough. Courtesy@MCFC

Sergical strike – Aguero makes the breakthrough. Courtesy@MCFC

Manchester United would never seek to buy success, or so they’d try and have us believe. Such a vulgar pursuit would be for the likes of those ‘noisy neighbours’…you know, the ones who have a squad costing £341m compared to Manure’s £382m.

United are getting into bad habits as they try and panic buy their way back to the pinnacle of English football…you know, the place presently occupied by Manchester City.

Happily, City are now in the good habit of regularly beating their nearest, but far from dearest, rivals.

Scene of City success - the Sky Blues notched up their fourth successive derby win. Courtesy@MCFC

Scene of City success – the Sky Blues notched up their fourth successive derby win. Courtesy@MCFC

All this talk of habits makes me question if Rooney is going for the ‘monk look’?

Hardly surprising given that Shrek is always getting his hair off at any decision that goes against United. Is it time to revisit the transplant clinic Wayne?

As far as crowning glories go, Sergio’s solitary strike was sufficient to give Manchester City their fourth consecutive league victory over Manchester United, and their first Premier League win since they trounced Tottenham 4-1 last month.

Bald facts - Rooney always gets his hair off when losing to City. Courtesy@MCFC

Bald facts – Rooney always gets his hair off when losing to City. Courtesy@MCFC

On that occasion Sergio struck four times, an achievement he might well have emulated had it not been for the cowardice and incompetence of referee Michael Oliver.

What an abject apology of an official he is – denying City stonewall penalties, not once, twice but three times. Had City not secured maximum points there’d have been hell to pay.

Nonetheless Oliver, along with Stephen Child and Stuart Burt – clowns masquerading as ‘Assistant Referees’, all need to be demoted until they can actually do their jobs in the top flight.

Having correctly sent off United’s Chris Smalling for two bookable offences, Oliver completely bottled it when last man Marcos Rojo felled Yaya. It was a penalty and a straight red card.

Winning combination - Yaya, Gael & Sergio celebrate City's winner. Courtesy@MCFC

Winning combination – Yaya, Gael & Sergio celebrate City’s winner. Courtesy@MCFC

He also failed to punish Microphone Head Fellaini, after he scraped his studs down Aguero’s achilles. Not content with escaping punishment and a nailed on City penalty, the vile Belgian went back to the prone Argentine, stooped over and spat on him.

Disgusting Fellaini – he’s Belgian but is he Flemish – has previous in the phlegm throwing department, having gobbed on Pablo Zabaleta at Old Trafford last season during City’s 3-0 win.

Spitting image - Felon Fellaini spat at Sergio.

Spitting image – Felon Fellaini spat at Sergio.

One can only wonder what Vincent Kompany, his national team captain, thinks of his despicable and dirty countryman?

Felon Fellaini was involved in City’s third penalty claim, when first Carrick and then the Man of a Million Pubic Head Hairs, fouled Aguero in full view of Oliver.

Mindful of not upsetting his assessor – Slur Baconface Alex Ferguson was sitting in the stand – Oliver waved away the appeal, much to Aguero’s obvious astonishment.

Etihad salute - World Class Aguero. Courtesy@MCFC

Etihad salute – World Class Aguero. Courtesy@MCFC

Even Sky TV pundit’s Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp agreed City had three valid penalty claims. Had it been BT Sport, one could only have marvelled at how Monotone Drone Owen would have fully justified Oliver’s decisions!

Maybe the referee was keen to avoid giving any penalties, irrespective of the circumstances, after being ridiculed for rewarding Stoke City’s Victor Moses’ BAFTA winning dive a couple of weeks ago.

It doesn’t work that way Mr Oliver – you were a prat then and an even bigger prat now.

Angel but no United delight - City kept the most expensive player in the most expensive team in Premier League history under wraps. Courtesy@MCFC

Angel but no United delight – City kept the most expensive player in the most expensive team in Premier League history under wraps. Courtesy@MCFC

With Fellaini, Oliver and Smalling firmly cast as the villains, it fell to City’s superstars to step up as heroes on derby day, to win the game and get the club’s campaign back on track.

It wasn’t a vintage display from Pellegrini’s men but it was far more committed than of late.

Yaya, while still looking way too languid at times showed he cared. He produced a precision pass to Gael Clichy, splitting the United defence and enabling the French full back – a last minute replacement for the injured Kolarov – to set up Aguero for the winner.

Magnifique - Clichy played well after being drafted in as a last minute replacement for injured Aleksander Kolarov. Courtesy@MCFC

Magnifique – Clichy played well after being drafted in as a last minute replacement for injured Aleksander Kolarov. Courtesy@MCFC

The Ivorian should have had a penalty and came close to icing the triumph in the dying minutes, first with a 20 yard curving shot and then a header that cleared De Gea’s bar by inches.

Jesus Navas was guilty of gift-wrapping a save to his fellow Spaniard in United’s goal, when he should have put City ahead in the first half.

Moments later Aguero forced De Gea to save at point blank range with a part of his anatomy that Louis Van Gaal was talking during his after match press conference!

Ball player - De Gea saves from Sergio in a delicate fashion. Courtesy@MCFC

Ball player – De Gea saves from Sergio in a delicate fashion. Courtesy@MCFC

For all of LVG’s swagger and arrogance his team are worse off than this time last year with wee Davey Moyes!

Louis’ secret Irish signing, the oft mentioned but thus far unseen, Phil O’Sophy might have done better than Van Persie and Di Maria, the only two Reds to force saves out of Joe Hart. One wonders when he’ll be handed his debut!

Happier times - Manure were a whole point better off at this stage last season under a certain Football Genius!

Happier times – Manure were a whole point better off at this stage last season under a certain Football Genius!

United’s derby day debutant, £30m full back Luke Shaw, was outstripped by Navas as the lightning fast Spanish winger slammed a shot against De Gea’s post.

LVG had put England international Shaw on a ‘special diet’ earlier in the season as he deemed him unfit. The ex-Southampton man has wrestled the mantle of ‘You Fat B*stard’ from Rooney in the Manure-taunting stakes.

Rooney, not quite exhausted from his constant haranguing of Oliver, did manage a turn of pace to elude Fernando and nutmeg Kompany as United sought an ill-deserved equaliser.

One in the kisser for LVG - the best striker in the Premier League. Courtesy@MCFC

One in the kisser for LVG – the best striker in the Premier League. Courtesy@MCFC

The superb Demichelis stopped him in his tracks and Shrek instinctively protested for a penalty. In his after match interview the England skipper said it wasn’t a penalty – so why the appeal Wayne?

City saw the game out with substitutes Nasri, Dzeko and Fernandinho, on as replacements for a tireless Milner, a broadly ineffective Jovetic and Aguero, clearly annoyed at coming off.

Karma was clearly evident in the dying embers of this fraught affair, as Fellaini fluffed a close range header on City’s goal, shouldering the ball out of play.

Pellegrini passion - hot Chilean Manuel enjoys the derby day win. Courtesy@MCFC

Pellegrini passion – hot Chilean Manuel enjoys the derby day win. Courtesy@MCFC

One can only imagine the headlines about United’s valiant efforts and the ‘character’ shown by the Reds, had they snatched a point. City being denied three penalties would have been reduced to mere distraction.

As disconcerting as it was that City were relieved to hear the final whistle, they had secured the win, stayed within touch of league leaders Chelsea and quelled the fanciful notion that United were coming back anytime soon.

Justice was done. 1-0 flattered a United side who, for all of their self-congratulatory rhetoric, could have been on the receiving end of another half-a-dozen City goals had Michael Oliver not been a eunuch.

What's at the end of City's rainbow? A derby win but there's still 84 points up for grabs.

What’s at the end of City’s rainbow? A derby win but there’s still 84 points up for grabs.

Manchester City are back in the ball game and, having still not hit anything like top form and with cash to splash in the January transfer window, their season is far from spent.

 

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By David Walker

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

 

 

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