Man City 1 Man United 0
Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0, Etihad Stadium, English Premier League, November 2, 2014. Manchester United experienced another defeat against Manchester City as The Reds lost 1-0 to The Sky Blues at Eastlands. The winning goal of The Manchester Derby arrived in the 63rd minute when Sergio Aguero hammered home a cross from Gael Clichy.
Manchester United locked horns with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in what turned out be a very competitive affair. In the corresponding match of the 2013-14 campaign, David Moyes´s newly composed team had lost 4-1 against Manchester City at Eastlands on the 22nd of September 2013. Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for City on sixteen minutes before Yaya Toure added a second for the home outfit in first half stoppage time. El Kun then netted made it 3-0 to The Citizens in the 47th minute, and three minutes later Sami Nasri extended the lead to four goals for the hosts. United, who were without Dutch goal plunderer Robin van Persie due to a groin strain, had their consolation when Wayne Rooney managed to find the net with a free kick in the 87th minute. Unfortunately, the result against Manchester City was a taste of things to come under the Moyes regime. Louis van Gaal´s Manchester United troops, who were sitting in ninth position in the Premier League table, came into the encounter at the Etihad Stadium on the back of a 1-1 Premiership draw against Chelsea at Old Trafford, while third placed Manchester City had been defeated 2-1 by West Ham United at Boleyn Ground in their previous Premiership fixture. The Manchester Reds had to make do without the playing services of AS Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao for the meeting with City because of an injury to his leg, but Rooney and Antonio Valencia both made their return to the first team squad following suspension and injury respectively. Regarding Manchester City, Serbia international Aleksandar Kolarov had suffered a calf injury during the wam-up ahead of the tie, and French defender Gael Clichy had been promoted to the starting eleven with former Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair taking his place on the substitutes´ bench.
At Eastlands, Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City almost went into the lead after six minutes when Argentina striker Sergio Aguero rifled a shot from close range, but his effort was well blocked by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. As The Manchester Derby progressed, Louis van Gaal´s team were reduced to ten players in the 39th minute when Three Lions defender Chris Smalling, who had already been yellow carded for an unnecessary foul on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart only eight minutes earlier, was rightfully ordered off the pitch by match official Michael Oliver for a mindless challenge on fellow England teammate James Milner and, as a consequence, the centre back was now suspended for the Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford the following weekend. And eleven minutes into the second frame, Van Gaal ‘s already depressingly long list of injured players was further extended with South American defender Marcos Rojo being carried off on a stretcher unable to return to the pitch after the highly versatile stopper had managed to dislocate his left shoulder following a fatal tango with his fellow Argentine Martin Demichelis.
Then, two minutes past the hour-mark, The Abu Dhabi Group Eleven were able to break the defensive deadlock as Clichy delivered an accurate low pass to the irrepressible Aguero who hammered the ball past the outstretched arms of De Gea and into the back of the onion bag to notch up his tenth Premiership goal of the 2014-15 campaign. The Old Trafford warriors pushed hard for an equalising goal during the closing stages of the clash, but no more goals were to be scored at Etihad Stadium. Following the 168th derby fixture in Manchester, Louis van Gaal told the waiting press corps that his side had played far better during the second half than during the first because of the willpower of the team. Nevertheless, Manchester United now found themselves sitting tenth in the Premiership table with only a mere thirteen points after having played ten matches thus far, which was the club´s worst campaign opening since the disappointing 1986-87 season. Manchester City Team: Joe Hart, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Fernando Mouta, James Milner, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic. Substitutes: Dedryck Boyata, Edin Dzeko, Bakary Sagna, Fernando Luiz Roza, Samir Nasri, Scott Sinclair, Willy Caballero. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie. Substitutes: James Antony Wilson, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Paddy McNair, Darren Fletcher, Anders Lindegaard.
Manchester United 1 Swansea City 2
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1
Milton Keynes Dons 4 Manchester United 0
Burnley 0 Manchester United 0
Manchester United 4 Queens Park Rangers 0
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3
Manchester United 2 West Ham United 1
Manchester United 2 Everton 1
West Bromwich Albion 2 Manchester United 2
Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1
Won: 3 Drawn: 4 Lost: 3