Manuel Pellegrini’s first Manchester derby could not have gone any better had he written the script himself.
Superbly worked goals from veterans of these neighbourly spats, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure, gave the Blues a half-time lead that they thoroughly deserved and never looked like relinquishing their iron grip.
There was a fluidity and grace to the game that the pantheon of top class names on the team sheet signposted and the raw energy and primal urgings from the side lines made it another derby day to remember rather than forget – at least for City fans!
So often it is not a moment of genius that settles these local disputes but rather a cruel twist of fate’s fickle finger or a nerve induced howler. Not this time.Read full match report
Barclays Premier League
As of: 22 September 2013, 6:17 PMView full league table
- Duration: 94 minutes
- Home possession: 42%
- Away possession: 58%
- Home: 5
- Away: 3
- Home: 8
- Away: 12
- Home: 1
- Away: 4