UK time is: 04:39:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Ped Report Manchester United 1-6 City

On the build up to this match two words filled me with trepidation..Mark Clattenburg. I had visions of City having to scramble a draw with 10 men. On Friday those very capable pundits on Talk Rubbish, just as they did on the way to the FA Cup Semi Final last season didn`t give City a prayer. Surely a team that hadn`t lost at home since the creation of time would "just about take it".

As the day dawned over Trafford Park yesterday, the talk was of City "wanting to end the day top of the league" which was a shrouded way of saying that the Blues would settle for a draw at Old Trafford. What we were to witness from 1.30pm yesterday simply stunned both sides of the city and sent shock waves around Canary Wharf, Milton Keynes and of the rest of the football outposts where United is the word.

Once again Mancini caught Ferguson on the hop with an attacking team selection. Ferguson as expected fielded a team to stretch City wide and deep, but it sadly lacks anything creative or destructive in central midfield.

With 3000 hardy souls cheering City on there was potentially a different result on the cards for the first 20 minutes or so. Young tried to emulate Ribery, taking on Richards who was often left isolated, one on one and Young looked to be the supply line.

Young is not Ribery, does not have the class, style or experience to use the space to inflict punishment. Mancini closed that option by presenting Milner ahead of Richards and for the rest of the match Young had to go hunting and was practically never seen again.

In the first 20 minutes United huffed and puffed but didn`t get their usual run of the ball, the usual strokes of luck nor a meaningful shot on goal.

City once again were like the vintage traction engine. They took a while to get going, but then got into gear like a well-oiled machine and swept all before them. And so it proved on 22 minutes when a throw-in saw the ball reach wandsmith David Silva, who immediately found Milner. As the United defence shaped up for a far post cross, Milner had spotted Balotelli drifting off the defence as he did against Everton. As soon as Milner`s pass found Balotelli it was launched like a rocket just inside the far post giving De Gea no chance at all.

Out came today`s party piece as Mario revealed an undershirt bearing the legend "Why Always Me?" and true to form Clattenberg went hunting for paperwork. So what?

After that this was a game of one-way traffic where the indefatigable Manchester United were crucified in front of their own fans.

What more can we say about David Silva. Simply the best footballer in the English Premier League by a long way..and he plays for City! He took the game by the scruff of the neck making the journeymen known as Fletcher and Anderson look like those dummies they use in training.

This City team knows the importance of cherishing the football, they make it theirs, they make it impossible for opposition to get it off them, they make it difficult for the opposition to score.

They seemed to amble their way to half time without any scares and with a back four in total command as Rooney and Co looked forlorn figures well out of their depth.

City have become specialists at getting early goals in the second half and they set off on the front foot once again. The ball went into super Mario who spun Evans, inviting the foul as he prepared to make it 2-0. Evans "took one for the team", probably expecting a friendly yellow card. But Mr Clattenberg went into his top pocket, Evans was on his way to the showers and United down to 10 men.

The free kick came to nothing but City were limbering up for the most spectacular half hour ever since the inception of Premier League football.

On the hour the same combination of Silva and Milner carved open United`s left, Milner`s final ball final Balotelli unattended at the far post. He won`t miss from there.

Ten minutes later, once again City opened up the United left. This time Milner caught the run on the overlapping Richards, whose first time pass found Aguero lurking at the far post, 3-0.

Soon after the firework show was over as Balotelli was replaced by Dzeko, who could have had a hat trick before he finally did get on the scoresheet..twice. He dragged a shot from the inside left channel wide. Was the match all over? No, sir, it was just getting going.

With Rooney dropping deeper and deeper, like a scuba diver refusing to come up for air, Silva was the man. He bossed everything, set up everything, found room where there was none. But it was United who next troubled the scorers. Rooney started the move passing to Fletcher. He played a one-two with Hernandez, for some reason only making the bench today, and drilled in an excellent shot from outside the box.

The Theatre of Nightmares was set for a grandstand finish wasn`t it? Surely 10-man United would soon make it 2-3 and grab a 96th minute equaliser, wouldn`t they? On another day against other opposition then maybe but not today my friends. On Tuesday City discovered the value of scoring right at the end so today they decided to emulate that, not once but three times!

First, a corner from the left was headed on by Barry. Lescott wide of the right post tapped it back in to Dzeko completely on his own to score as the offside arms went up.

Thirty seconds later Dzeko drew in the defenders and played the ball out to Silva who darted in on goal and slotted the ball between De Gea`s legs.

Another minute and Silva played a volleyed deadweight pass that must be the best you will ever see and found Dzeko, who still had work to do. By now he had found his range and calmly struck the ball into the net giving Shaggy De Sciatica no chance once again.
This was another great day in the life of "the project" as Sheikh Mansour continues to deliver his promises to our football club and Roberto Mancini translates that into the kind of football we can`t believe we are watching.

Look at the team sheet. Quality in every division. World class footballers everywhere. And at last every player "playing for the shirt". On this day we had many "best of breed" performances. A back four where every player knew his job and was simply brilliant, giving the so-called Champions only one look at the netting all afternoon. A midfield that is simply masterful in its construction and lethal in its execution. And strikers that .strike. Behind it all England`s Number One. A young goalkeeper that is simply superb.

At the other end today I did not see world class footballers. I saw one who was a shadow of himself for once not up for the fight, I saw a lot of journeymen, who may have punched above their weight last season, but clearly won`t this year.

You see the line-ups side by side this morning and you ask yourself "Which eleven would you rather have, would you have any of the United players?".

De Gea looks suspect, Ferdinand past it. If Evra and Nani played as well as they spout on the lead in to these matches they might be good, but the puffing of cheeks and dropped heads told the real story.

None of their midfield is up to it and they are very light up top. Why would you go with Welbeck when your offside goal machine sits on the bench?

This was top quality day from a top quality team assembled by a top quality Club. The stars are fading at Stretford and those who are phoning in sick today know it. This was not a statement of intent by noisy neighbours, it was a certificate of delivery, a stamp of approval which left the reds totally gutted. Even Mr Clattenberg did everything asked of him except grant Micah Richards a penalty.

So who is writing history now? Will Sky bring out a dvd of the best Derby ever? They quickly did so after the 4-3, but with United losing a seven goal thriller by the odd six in seven, I suspect none will be forthcoming. Commentators are calling it a "tennis score". After seven isn`t it "New balls please"? Or in United`s case "New players please".

This should set City up well for the battles to come, but even I don`t expect Wolves to cause us any trouble next week.

And the wonderful fans gleefully sang to Alex Ferguson .. "You`re getting sacked in the morning". All before the Glazers heading off with day`s takings to Wembley to watch their other sporting stalwarts get savaged by the Bears.

Come on City!!!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 24 2011

Time: 10:43AM

Your Comments

Bet you enjoyed writing that Ped - great report, yet again, mate.
Thaibluefan
Oh did I? I could have written forever!!
pedmachine
It's funny how most of the rags I know have had their heads buried in the sand for so long about their team. I tell them it's poor, that they have no midfield, no defensive solidity, an inexperienced and shaky keeper and only one decent player (shrek). They keep pointing out the 8-2 demolition of (a terribly depleted) Arsenal, the 3-2 in the community Shield, etc. etc. Sorry folks, but the rags have been found out BIG TIME. This result has been coming for some time, and they can pretend they are some kind of invincible machine all they want, but last season they won it by default, and this season they will win NOTHING. The emperor has no clothes and City showed the world just how naked the rags are at the moment.
fifthcolumnblue
Pure poetry, Ped!
Johnny Baguette
Imagine how it might have ended up with 10 more minutes as we scored 3 goals in injury time.
StuMCFC
Should have been 10 in the time we did play Stu, what with Dzeko and Silva both missing and Clatterburg failing to give Micah a stonewall pen. Maybe next time eh? ;)
fifthcolumnblue
even as a city fan i think this needs to be said. yesterday wasn't just a victory for us. it was a victory for world football. the same arsenal, spuds, chelski, scouser fans that were hating on us were hailing yesterday's victory. Everybody was taking a lick at united fan on forums and comments sections. City did what no one else could do: put united and baconface in their place. Proud to be a blue today but yesterday was a glorious day for all football fans
redwhiteandbluemoon
yesterdays result as much as it is Great, we have not won anything yet, and if we can match the result come April in the return at The Etihad then i will have the mother of Celebrations as then we will have won the title.... just keep the feet on the ground as it is city we support,..... but still a gentle ribbing of our Rag work colleagues does not go amiss..... lol
cityman51
I may have to go for some plastic surgery soon as I still can't get the smile off my face ......great report as always Ped..
Doody
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

The Ped Report City 2-2 Sunderland (Thursday April 17 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Sunderland (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Citizens versus The Black Cats (Wednesday April 16 2014)

The Ped Report Liverpool 3-2 City (Sunday April 13 2014)

The Reds versus The Citizens (Saturday April 12 2014)

Archived Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 288
2. Skoorb 181
3. Buzz Lightyear 170
4. PhillyBlueMoon 135
5. fifthcolumnblue 131
6. Bluedub 126
7. kennyclementstache 125
8. citizhun 112
9. rojo2010 111
10. Spooks 108

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 3 - 1 WBA
Man City 2 - 2 Sunderland
Liverpool 3 - 2 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Southampton
Arsenal 1 - 1 Man City
Man Utd 0 - 3 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Liverpool 35 25 5 5 +52 80
2. Chelsea 35 23 6 6 +41 75
3. Man City 34 23 5 6 +56 74
4. Arsenal 35 21 7 7 +21 70
5. Everton 35 20 9 6 +23 69
6. Spurs 35 19 6 10 +2 63
7. Man Utd 34 17 6 11 +16 57

Breaking League News

Michu Set To Miss Aston Villa Game
Swansea : 24/04/2014 22:58:00
Mel Not Phased By The Pressure
WBA : 24/04/2014 21:16:00
West Ham Injury News For Albion
WBA : 24/04/2014 21:10:00
Jedinak - We Won't Relax Off
Crystal Palace : 24/04/2014 20:56:00
Pulis Now Looking To The Future
Crystal Palace : 24/04/2014 20:51:00
We Need Mutch Belief, Not Fear
Cardiff : 24/04/2014 20:26:00
Lambert Confirms What You All Thought About Me
Aston Villa : 24/04/2014 20:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Yaya Injured - Who Should Partner Fernandinho In Midfield?
Suggested By:  Gerry Gow
Javi Garcia 31%
Jimmy Milner 69%