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Manchester City produced a scintillating performance to thrash Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. A brace from Sergio Aguero and a goal each from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri gave Manchester City a comfortable win over Manchester United on Sunday afternoon. Wayne Rooney scored a consolation goal to cheer up United fans in what otherwise had been a disappointing game.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men dominated from the offset and fully deserved the two-goal winning margin they took into the interval, as United struggled to cope with their swift, incisive attacking movement.
City cranked up the pressure early pressure, as they went forward in search of an opening goal. First, Matija Nastasic headed over in the 10th minute, before Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri saw shots blocked by United’s defence.
However, David Moyes’ side could not survive the onslaught and fell behind on 15 minutes. Samir Nasri, from the left hand side, flicked the ball into the path of the overlapping Aleksandar Kolarov, who crossed for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine slipped away from his marker to meet the delivery, and fired a sublime volley past helpless David De Gea and into the top corner.
Sensing blood, the home side poured forward again after the goal and Nasri went close just two minutes later. The Frenchman met a falling ball on the edge of the box and crashed a volley just over the bar, with De Gea beaten.
Wayne Rooney, cutting asorry figure, then picked up a yellow card six minutes later. The England star clattered into Kompany – following a number of earlier duels – and was booked as a process of totting-up.
Yaya Toure then doubled City’s lead in first half stoppage time. The Ivorian powerhouse managed to knee the ball home from close-range after a clever Negredo knock-down from a corner.
The second half was barely 60 seconds old when Aguero grabbed his second goal of the game and City’s third. Negredo turned away from Chris Smalling and sent an inviting cross to the Argentine, who side-footed home to double his tally.
Nasri got himself on the scoresheet just two minutes later when he volleyed home Jesus Navas’ deep cross to send the home fans into pandemonium.
Wayne Rooney then had a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit on the hour mark, but the England forward sent his effort way over the bar from 12 yards.
Marouane Fellaini did test Joe Hart with a curling effort from the edge of the box and Patrice Evra rattled the post with a header as the visitors kept asking questions but could not get past Joe Hart.
One consolation for United came in the 87th minute, when Wayne Rooney curled a delightful free-kick into the top corner from 25 yards, but it was far too late to change the outcome of the match.