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Manchester City 1 - Manchester United 0

City of Manchester Stadium

19/08/2007 13:30pm

Attendance: 44,955

Ferguson Humiliated

The problem with attempted pre derby mind games is that they often come back to haunt you.

Take Gary Neville with his now infamous 'I've never lost to City and don't intend to start now' prior to his nightmare performance in the last Maine Road derby. Pure mana from heaven for the City scriptwriters.

The problem is that they never learn from their mistakes at the home of arrogance. Well it's either that or their manager is truly losing the plot.

Prior to this game, amongst other nuggets, the bitterest of all football managers suggested that the only two City signings he had heard of were Bianchi and Petrov.

I can only imagine that his obvious lack of observational skills were to blame for his missing Geovanni's goal for Benfica against his side in the season that manyoo finished bottom of their Champions League qualifying grop.

What over explanation could there be for a manager confessing to no first hand knowledge of a player that went on to score the winning goal in today's Manchester derby? He had been warned but apparently took no notice.

I know for certain if I was a rag, god forbid, I would be questioning the shortcomings of a manager that was unaware of a player who had turned them over before.

But never mind, Sir bitterness' lack of player awareness was the key to a hard fought City victory that saw the blues go clear at the top of the Premiership.

Despite early rag domination it was the unknown Geovanni that opened the scoring on 31 minutes when the rag midfield parted to allow him a free shot on goal that was finished with aplomb.

The game was perhaps reminiscent of an Alamo style rearguard but there lies the key: Reading, Portsmouth and now City have found yoonited out. They simply cannot score.

Richards and Dunne were magnificent in preventing them doing so but non the less the caretaker champions have problems that we can only laugh at.

City, under Eriksson, have no such problems. They have ended the home scoring hoodoo, have yet to concede, sit top of the league with nine points out of nine and have turned yoonited over.

All in all a satisfactory weekend in Manchester.

Star Player

Richards .... Surely has to be earmarked as the man to partner Terry at the centre of the England defence.

Magnificent as opposed to Ferdinand's petulant.

Manager Rating

The Iceman comes out on top. SGE is showing just what a class club manager he is.

Opponent Rating

I said his bitterness was born out of fear; the expected Fergie out cries are starting already. The picture of him celebrating Tevez's miss was moment of the season so far.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 19 2007

Time: 5:08PM

Your Comments

interesting game, bet you lot won't come down for a week after that! Fergie looked well happy, never mind eh? Schmeichel did brilliantly, what a family! Must admit I thought Petrov looked very average though, what have you lot thought so far?
The Fear
Brilliant article. Back of the net! Strange really, isn't it? In recent history we haven't beaten many bottom five teams..... as for Petrov and co, a Derby is a real baptism of fire and I am sure SGE can guide them as we strive to build on this superb platform.
Johnny Baguette
Any news on Bojinov?
Johnny Baguette
I encourage Man City from 26 years, This is the second time I see the Man City at top the league,The first time I think it was in season 89-90,The team earn 10 point in first four games, but at the end of the season, The team falle to divison one :) When is lost from luton town at last game in the season . But I think now that things have changed with the presence of rich President, Expert coach and good players .
city 81
http://i19.tinypic.com/4zaq593.gif
Laugh at the bitter one chaps [Edited by andymancity]
ronin
Well Done City.......!
horseworrier
Injured Bojinov faces three months on the sidelines !! Not good news !
city 81
Where did the Bojinov news come from ???
alphieblues
alphieblues read : http://uk.reuters.com/article/footballNews/idUKL1946407920070819?rpc=401& http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_2671868,00.html
city 81
It would be better to wait until he has had further checks today before specuating on how long he will be out. It is a godd job we have EIGHT strikers on the books (TAGGERT TAKE NOTE) !!
alphieblues
Superb defending, Richards was brilliant and what he missed Richard Dunne did not. I said that you had to take your chances in these games and if you do not you will get punished and that is exactly what we did to the boys from the swamp. Hamann reminds me of the job that Paul Bosvelt did, and he is a different man from last season which I can only put down to the inexperience of Pearce (I like Pearce and think he should start in the lower league and learn his trade from there and he will get better) Passing was great but we got caught in possession a few times, which I am sure SGE will address. Bojinov out and I was looking forward to seeing what he could do and I hope his injury is not serious. This was not an important game to Taggart, maybe the return match will make him change his mind.
Buzz Lightyear
Just one thought, I would if Joey Barton (Joey Who) and Sylvain Distin are regretting moving.
Buzz Lightyear
"CITY WIN THE DERBY AND GO TOP"
Craig Cain
"City win the derby and go top", announces a dispationate newsreader...savour that simple sentence guys.
Craig Cain
It was a fantastic victory for City but i dont think that they will be able to keep up this form of consistency this season. The keeper is also suspect.
rk1888
well done city,i was really hoping that you would turn them over,out of all the teams in the prem. city is the only other team that i would want to win the league,but we know it wont happen coz your going to get a reallity check this saturday at the new home of football,from The Arsenal
fran merida
Sylvain Distin unlucky player or did not plan well for his future !!! But it still a good player & Gain for any team join it .
city 81
fran ..... think you may need to drop Lehmann to stand a chance :-)
ronin
Agree - the arrogant**** is finished
Craig Cain
A lovely result and it's great to see the faces of all those muppet's in red. Look forward to playing you later in the year. Come On Chelsea!!!
Dicksy
ronin lehmann is injured, so now we'll whup yu lot easily :d..
luckys_10
 

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