City's derby day heroics talk of the town
- 09 April 2013 07:51
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Views and reaction from City’s 2-1 derby day triumph at Old Trafford.
It may not prove to be a decisive moment in the story of this season’s Premier League title race but City’s latest win at the home of their bitterest rivals seemed to prove that the 2011/12 champions are going nowhere.
It’s a great day to flick through the newspapers if you’re a Blue (which hasn’t been the case at all times this season), so let’s take a look at some of the headlines on last night’s win – starting with Daniel Taylor, Chief Football Writer for the Guardian…
“Matija Nastasic reminded us why he has displaced Joleon Lescott while Gaël Clichy eventually got the better of Danny Welbeck and Vincent Kompany was more like the player we saw at the end of last season.
“Ferguson's assessment was that United had been the better team but it felt like a deception.
“Agüero, a second-half substitute, found a gap and continued running, left to right and away from Welbeck, Jones and Ferdinand with one change of movement and acceleration.
“His shot was a beauty, still rising as it hit the net.”
Elsewhere, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp reflected on Monday night’s ‘lesson in football’ in his Daily Mail column.
“Manchester United have given City a lesson in consistency this season, but City gave their neighbours a lesson in football on Monday night,” Redknapp declared.
“They were magnificent and got their tactics right with an attacking team. United were as direct as I've seen them and only looked threatening from set plays.
“Roberto Mancini seemed to be making that point after the game when he kept saying: 'We played football'.”
Tactics-guru Michael Cox of ZonalMarking.net also believes that Roberto Mancini got his selection and system spot on across all key areas on Monday night.
“City started better, with their attacking players linking nicely, particularly down the left,” Cox concluded.
“Clear goalscoring opportunities were rare, but City put United’s defence under pressure – and with the home side barely counter-attacking to test Joe Hart, for the majority of the game City looked more likely to score.
“Some have questioned precisely what he [Mancini] brings to City – but in head-to-head clashes against United, he’s generally outmanoeuvred Ferguson.”
If all of this positivity is a bit too happy clappy for you, you could always read the more sober views contained in the Jeremy Cross match report from the Daily Star which is headlined “Cocky Blues Crown Fools” which argues that the manager is to blame for the gap at the top of the table…
But why would you want to do that today!?
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