Man Utd 1 Man City 2

Sir Alex Ferguson

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.

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