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Manchester united 2 - Manchester CITY 1

FA Barclays Premier League

Old Trafford, Stretford

12/2/11 12h45

Attendance: 75, 322

Referee: Andre Marriner

Manchester united
2 - 1
Manchester CITY
Luis Nani 41, Wayne Rooney 78
David Silva 65
Venue: Old Trafford, Stretford
Attendance: 75, 322
The Teams
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Y Toure
Lindegaard (GK)
Given (GK
Da Silva
K Toure
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Johnny On The Spot: City stayed toe to toe with United at Old Trafford today and in absolute point of fact deserved to come away with something from a close fought game which was decided by every rag's favourite scouser's wonder strike...Up until that stunning goal, the biggest question running through this correspondent's mind was how on earth are United top of the league...? I would suggest the answer is Nemanja Vidic whose repeated crucial interventions fractionally tipped the balance. Were he ever to be paired alongside the brilliant Vincent Kompany at City, well, that's another story...The outcome of this game could have been so very different had the scintillating move that ended with a narrow David Silva miss on 4 minutes have been converted, or the type of handball-penalty decision routinely awarded at the swamp be denied The it stands, despite long periods of assured City possession, the rags went route one, Lescott flailed in the challenge and the unsavoury Nani took his chance...City continued to hold sway in the second half and finally got the parity that their controlled possession merited through Silva who was integral to everything City did going forward...enormous gaps appeared in the United defence but City and an otherwise untroubled Joe Hart just could not force the advantage and Rooney awoke from being owned by Kompany all afternoon to punish a City side that continues to creep closer to a United side that sooner or later is going to have to ship out it's old guard...Back to City. Roberto Mancini ordered his side to go for the win. Silva, Richards and Kompany all excelled and Tevez was as ever willing, but was forced to drop back deep too often to bring the ball forward while City's central midfield cried out for Nigel De Jong...City didn't break out of defence or distribute quickly enough in my opinion and had that proved to not be the case, we would be looking at a nailed on away win. Yet as things stand tonight, Rooney will earn the plaudits from what was a fascinating contest. City fans take heart, our time is coming.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 12 2011

Time: 3:16PM

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A bit of magic decided the match. That fact that we stood toe to toe with them shows that this City side is the real deal.
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12/02/2011 15:20:00

We were really good today and unlucky, clearly the better team over 90 minutes. In some ways, while obviously disappointing, a loss with this performance is better than some of the draws we've had against ***** opposition this season. We need that little bit more and we'll be "there". I think the answer is someone like Sneijder so that we have more than Silva (and Johnson sometimes) as a goal creator.
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12/02/2011 15:27:00

No excuses, just didn't take our chances, if the Silva effort had gone in, might have been a different story, it didn 't and Rooney scored a cracker.
Buzz Lightyear
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12/02/2011 15:40:00

Shrek scored a great goal today,but apart from that,i thought we looked the better side today,in terms of possession,passing and composure.Dare we say,the twelve men of stretford are looking more like stoke,everton,birmingham etc,how many long balls did we see today?Apart from the handball mentioned above,what about the forearm smash by vidic on Dzeko which should have been a penalty and red card.Even the muppets on sky were admitting it was strange that utd were getting away with no cards for foul after foul,yet City were getting yellows for daring to go near shrek.Marriner,yet another fergie lapdog.I think we are making tremendous progress under Mancini in his first full season,another twelve months and i believe that City would easily win a match like todays.
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12/02/2011 17:41:00

Although im sick as a pig and we in no way deserved to lose i can still take it on the chin because it was a worthy match winning goal that i have no qualms about, We was prolly the better team overall but that doesnt always guarantee a win, we just need to make sure we win all our home games and that should be enough to give us that top4 finish
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12/02/2011 17:43:00

Wrong result, good performance equals no points. Still plenty to look forward to, this season. I'm 100% sure Mancini knows what he has to do to get this team to take the next step up and I agree with what Stu. said about another play maker in support of an impressive Silva. Mancini's player jigsaw is not at this stage complete....come next season,we will not be dropping the kind of points that has punctuated this season's efforts. Top four finish,still very much on the cards.
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12/02/2011 18:13:00

They have no money, their best players are over the hill, their youth are not quite as good as they'd like and their main players are not firing. Just goes to show that the most important thing in football can sometimes be luck - and the jammy decisions from the ref that sap the blief of the opposition. Oh well, their luck will change when fergie retires/dies, cannot wait for that day.
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12/02/2011 19:21:00

Some bitter blues here, let the pantomine continue! No doubt you will shout 'injustice'.
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13/02/2011 01:24:00

Our title chances are not dead. Both teams set up not to loose, but we did to a top goal, and we can get over it. We must do better against the poorer teams, this is why we are only hanging on to a champions leauge spot.
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13/02/2011 04:28:00

Up yours famous, several people have complimented rooney (Your hero, nobody ever wanted to kill him etc. etc., blah blah), we just feel that we were the much better side. Go back to your own side and jizz over the unconvincibles scraping yet another lucky win.
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13/02/2011 09:20:00

fcb the only luck point of the game was your goal pmsl.
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13/02/2011 11:12:00

Nice to see you reverting to typical rag famous - I try to convince myself that some of you are different, and could possibly have a wee bit of decency, but you all sink to the same level of poisonous goading. I even used to think that the nastiness came from the younger "1992" generation until I got spat at by some 60 year old on the way out of your toilet of a ground yesterday. Once a rag always a rag.
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13/02/2011 13:47:00

Everything you need to know about United, the soulless international corporate club, can be summed up by the fact that half of their daytripper fans with no real emotional ties to the club were wearing their latest marketting ploy, "half City/half United" scarves yesterday. They are a Mancunian club in name only.
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13/02/2011 13:57:00

And their club offices are now in Mayfair (London). Wonder how their unemployed fans here in Manchester feel about jobs being taken to London while ickle City are predicted to create 3,000 jobs for Mancunians once developments are complete.
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13/02/2011 13:58:00

No need for the personal attack now is there fcb, at least keep things on footballing grounds. There's always those hooligans who have been watching the likes of "Football Factory" and "Green Street" and believe that's the way to act, personally I don't agree with it. BTW what is a typical rag? Am i not allowed to be happy we just beat our noisy neighbours who constantly dictates that it's the end of United and the blue moons rising, we're a spent force, etc, etc? For a second do try to imagine what your reaction would be like had you won, no doubt you would be gloating on VMU.
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13/02/2011 16:31:00

Typical Rag TF7, no grace in victory, calling people bitter and suggesting this is a pantomime. The better side lost on the day thanks to a moment of brilliance from a player that had hardly contributed over the 90 mins. Take nothing away from the finish but the deflection off Zaba's back wrongfooted the City defence and looped the ball kindly into a good position for Rooney to execute the bicycle kick, that was just one of the many moments of luck that U** had in the game. There is nobody shouting injustice TF7, just comments acknowledging how well we played and if luck had have fallen our way( which it did for U** ) we could have got the point which was the very least we deserved.
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