By Lee Savery.
An individual effort from Sergio Aguero won the Manchester Derby for the visitors as first met second at Old Trafford.
City took the lead, on 51 minutes, when Ryan Giggs’ gave the ball away carelessly at the halfway line. Gareth Barry took the ball on before finding Samir Nasri who then teed up James Milner just outside the area. His shot deflected in off Phil Jones.
The Red Devils equalised eight minutes later. Rafael was fouled outside the box on the right side. Robin van Persie’s terrific cross found Phil Jones unmarked and behind the City goalkeeper Joe Hart. His miscued header somehow went in off Vincent Kompany. The man whose goal had swung the title to the blue half of Manchester last year seemed to help confirm the return of the trophy to Old Trafford.
However, Roberto Mancini had other ideas when he sent on Sergio Aguero. On 78 minutes, the Argentine came up with something special to decide the match. Picking the ball up on the left hand side he ran past the likes of Jones and Danny Welbeck on a mazy run into the box before rifling the ball into the net.
It was deserved win for Manchester City who showed more desire to win a match of tight margins and very few chances throughout. They dominated possession for long periods and showed a great desire to chase the points they need to get a little closer to their city rivals.
United looked lacking in desire and showed a complacency that has riddled their recent performances. Chasing a game they did not have to win, necessarily, the team seemed happy to take a point. This point seemed confirmed by the three substitutes only being made in the last ten minutes when they, probably, should have been made much earlier.
The game finished with an injury worry for Sir Alex Ferguson as Ashley Young had to be substituted during injury time.
The gap at the top has been reduced to twelve points. Most people expect United to regain their title, in the next seven games, but the bragging rights for tonight are certainly with Manchester City.
Man of the Match: Phil Jones – Solid defensively. One of the few players to show a real desire to win.
United – De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Giggs, Carrick, Young (Kagawa – 90′), Rooney (Hernandez – 85′), Welbeck (Valencia – 80′), van Persie. Unused subs: Lindegaard, Buttner, Nani, Cleverley.
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