Manchester United have had to wait for almost two years for another victory in the Manchester derby and what a victory it was as the Old Trafford side, in front of their fans put on a performance that was reminiscent of the Sir Alex Ferguson days to come from behind and pick up a vital win against city rivals, Manchester City.
Manchester City started the game the brighter of the two sides and were ahead inside 8 minutes as Silva broke into the United box on the left and squared the ball perfectly for Aguero who had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net. Manchester City were still on the ascendancy but all that changed in the 17th minute as a long clearance from De Gea found its way to Fellaini on the right who released Herrera. Herrera’s cross was turned in by Ashley Young after his initial effort was blocked unconvincingly by Clichy. Manchester United turned the game on its head in the 27th minute as Young stood up a cross brilliantly for Fellaini and the big Belgian made no mistake powering the header into the net. Manchester United went into the break the better team and in the second half, Manchester City rarely looked like a threat and in the 67th minute, Rooney played Mata in with a delightful through ball and the Spaniard made no mistake slotting the ball home to make it 3-1. 5 minutes later, Manchester United killed the game off via a Smalling header after a beautifully whipped in freekick by Ashley Young. Following all their three substitutions, Manchester United were forced to take of Michael Carrick with an injury complaint, reducing them to 10 men. Manchester City made their man advantage count as Aguero scored his second of the day , knocking in Zabaleta’s cut back to make it 4-2
This win doesn’t just signify a big win in a big rivalry for Manchester United but it tightens their grip on the top four, keeps them within touching distance of Arsenal and puts some much needed space between the Red Devils and the Citizens who currently sit in fourth