Two poor teams, one winner
City were at times so bad they defied belief. It seems astonishing to me a team that has spent eleven squillion pounds cannot put out a better defence than that.
I know that their first choice centre halves were out, but this was just so poor. Martin Demichelis is one of the great Calamity Janes of his football generation – nutmegged for the goal, and then playing a crazy backpass to his keeper that got Joe Hart stretchered off. Aguero, who is looking more and more like a one-man team, didn’t have his radar on tonight and, while City did press hard in the second half, they rarely troubled the keeper.
It looks pretty clear now that the club’s shoddy wrangling over Guardiola has made a lame duck out of Pellegrini. He could be forgiven for saying “well, stuff you, then.” Clearly some of the players have their minds on other things.
As for United, they were far from great themselves. Rashford one of the sole bright spots of the season, and he has done Van Gaal a huge favour. Smalling should have been sent off. Overall, two teams punching way below their weight. Manchester’s time as our pre-eminent football metropolis is over. As, my friends, iz thiz blog. Night.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Teenage striker Marcus Rashford again proved the man for the big occasion for Manchester United, scoring in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday that intensified the race for Champions League qualification.
The 18-year-old Rashford continued the dream start to his United career by scoring in his first Manchester derby when he sprinted past Martin Demichelis and sidefooted home in the 16th minute.
It was his fifth goal since being brought into the first team to answer a striker crisis less than a month ago, having also scored in important games against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal.
City, which lost Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart to injury, is now only one point clear of both United and West Ham in fourth place – the final Champions League qualification spot.