By Lee Savery.
Manchester United produced a dismal display as they were outclassed by Manchester City in the derby.
Sergio Aguero scored twice with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri adding one each in what was an easy win for the blue half of Manchester. A late consolation goal from Wayne Rooney put the away side on the scoresheet.
Manchester City started with an eagerness to control and win while United, without the injured Robin van Persie, could not handle them. The first goal came on 16 minutes when Kolarov got away from Valencia before putting in a superb cross that was volleyed in at close range by Sergio Aguero.
United mustered one effort at goal in the first half, from Valencia, which went harmlessly wide. Right on half time, City won a corner. Alvaro Negredo’s header was going wide but Yaya Toure lost Ferdinand and bundled the ball into the net.
Changes were needed for the away side and David Moyes made none. This decision was punished with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Firstly, Negredo was played into the box by Kolarov who then crossed to an unmarked Aguero who forced home his close range effort that went through David de Gea. The second came three minutes later with a cross from the right side from Jesus Navas who found Nasri all alone at the back post. He applied a decisive side footed finish.
The game was over and the manager responded with Tom Cleverley, who came on for Ashley Young, to sure up the midfield that had been outclassed. With three in midfield, United finally got hold of possession and began to create chances. There were chances for Rooney, Welbeck and Evra, with the latter hitting the post with a header.
The consolation from Rooney was a beauty and would have been celebrated if it had meant anything. From 25 yards out, Rooney found the top right corner of the goal leaving Joe Hart with no chance. With that, United’s No. 10 is now the highest goalscorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals.
The naivety of the tactics was obvious with the United two man midfield of Fellaini & Carrick failed to deal with Fernandinho & Yaya Toure. Only when United had three in midfield did they have any possession. The wings lacked in creativity too with Valencia & Young too ineffective. However, defensively was one big disappointment. Captain Vidic gave his usual display but his partner Rio Ferdinand was certainly at fault for the middle two goals that finished the match.
In the positives, Rooney gave a display of someone eager to change the fortunes but he had a lack of service until after City’s fourth goal. Some will question why the likes of Nani, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez sat on the bench for the whole game.
This is another big match loss for United which has also seen them lose at Liverpool and draw against Chelsea with just seven points from the first five league games. It’s a poor start but there is a lot of football to be played. Improvement, however, is needed.
Manchester United Starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Young (Cleverley 52′); Rooney, Welbeck.
Unused substitutes: Amos, Evans, Buttner, Nani, Kagawa, Hernandez.
United goal: Rooney 87′.