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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
By David Walker
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