A majestic performance from Manchester City saw Manuel Pellegrini’s thrash their Reds counterpart in Manchester by a 3-0 score line in what was a one sided affair in the Premier League in midweek. Goals from Edin Dzeko, who scored a fine brace put City in charge before Yaya Toure got his name too in the score sheet with a neat finish.
David Moyes had to reflect on what had gone wrong for the Red Devils but their “noisy neighbours” exposed the fragilities in every department of the home side. Sad, but true, his team showed a spineless display of football, from Moyes’ with only Wayne Rooney showing some urge to take the game to the Citizens. The away side opened the scoring following a sweeping move from David Silva in barely 30 sconds, but as Samir Nasri hit the post following some deft control, it was Edin Dzeko who tapped in from close range. Hardly had the whistle gone and United were already on the back foot.
David Silva orchestrated some amazing free flowing passing for the away side playing in the pockets of space behind Dzeko, constantly harassing the United back line. Yaya Toure too, with his bursting runs forward and imposing presence in the middle of the park made sure that United would not even get a share of possession in the first quarter of an hour. However for me, Fernandinho stood out as the man of the match, as the Brazilian was everwhere on the park, showing brilliant control in the middle and also tracking back with relentless ease and he must surely be a vital cog in City’s wheel for the Premier League crown.
City, with the help of this fine performance climbed up to second in the table, three points behind leaders Chelsea but Pellegrini’s men have two games in hand and next travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the weekend. For David Moyes though, it looks as if the Scot can hardly get his team combination spot on.
Manchester United looked pedestrian in the first fifteen minutes hardly getting the ball as City played forays in between United’s defensive channels. Tom Cleverley seemed nonexistent in the first forty five while Marounne Fellaini hardly impressed, his significant moment being booked for the entire time he was on the pitch. Shinji Kagawa was brought on in the second half but the Japanese who looked lively, hardly made anything for the home side, while Juan Mata had an absolute shocker of a game.
United stay seventh and by the looks of it perhaps have blown away any chances of finishing in the top four this season. Their next task though, looks equally daunting, facing newly crowned Bundesliga Champions and holders of the Champions League, Bayern Munich in the quarters of Europe’s elite club competition.