Man Utd 1 Man City 2
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2, Old Trafford, English Premier League, April 8, 2013. Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Premier League was down to twelve points after losing 2-1 against Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson was nonetheless full of praise for the performance of Robin van Persie, hailing the Dutchman as absolutely fantastic.
After a relatively uneventful first half, the derby game came to life shortly after the break as James Milner handed Manchester City the lead with a powerful shot in the 51st minute before an own goal from Vincent Kompany made it 1-1 eight minutes later. With twelve minutes left, however, Sergio Aguero scored City´s second goal of the match with an amazing individual effort which left David de Gea completely helpless. And despite having their chances during the remainder of the second half, the hosts could not find their way past Joe Hart. The Manchester United fans did not need to worry so much about the result, though, as The Reds were still miles ahead of Manchester City, and besides The Sky Blues were well known for making heavy weather of the smallest of things to snatch failure from the jaws of glory. And with the form of Robin van Persie, there was no need of despair. The centre forward was dead; long live the centre forward! Sir Alex Ferguson: “It was very intense match, very competitive with two of the best teams in the country. I thought that we were the better team in the second half, but we know that Sergio Aguero is a fantastic finisher and we gave him a lot of room for the winning goal. I was pleased with the second half performance. There were a lot of plus sides. Robin van Persie was absolutely fantastic tonight, and Wayne Rooney got some time on the pitch after coming back. We were a bit lucky with the goal because it was an own goal off Vincent Kompany. But it was a fantastic free-kick.” Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young. Substitutes: Tom Cleverley, Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Buttner, Javier Hernandez, Luis Nani, Anders Lindegaard. Manchester City Team: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic, Gael Clichy, Yaya Toure, James Milner, Gareth Barry, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez. Substitutes: Sergio Aguero, Joleon Lescott, Javier Garcia, Costel Pantilimon, Aleksander Kolarov, Kolo Habib Toure, Edin Dzeko.