City back to being the noisy neighbors
Pellegrini had to make some changes coming into this game. The change most have been asking for was to get more men in that midfield. City need to help their back four by trying to control the midfield. What a game it was. Manchester City knew they had to keep the crowd out of this. They did so within 8 minutes.
Great work by the Citizens on that left side. They passed the ball with ease and speed. Silva slipped in to find an unmarked Aguero. That was all City did in this game. The players were out played after that. Manchester was convincing from henceforth.
Ashley Young was at it again. He was a nightmare on that left hand side and also made runs inside. That paid off for him when he beat Clichy to the ball to equalize for Manchester united. Manchester took over the game with Felliani imposing himself in the midfield. He found little pockets behind Yaya to put City into all types of trouble. His effort and play was rewarded when he sneaked at the back of Clichy to head home from close range
City found it difficult to get back to the game. After halftime they had some good possessions but United was well organized at the back. Blind stayed little deep to keep an eye on Narvas speed. Mangala had been brought in for Company who was on a yellow. Not sure why Pellegrini made that move but it seems as if the trust between those two is at a very low point. Third goal for United was an even better team combination. It all started as Fellaini pulled out Demicheslis. Demichelis made an error as he tried to control the ball instead of clearing. That created space for Mata to unto behind the central defender. No time for Mangala to respond as he was exposed to Rooney and Mata. Mata was at end of Rooney’s ball and scored to make it 3-1.
City was broken and you could tell from their body language. Yaya had no impact playing alongside Fernandinho. Fellaini was smarter and played with ease. Fellaini received a standing ovation later in the game when he was substituted. Manchester United played the type of football Van Gaal has been stressing. They went for the kill. Smiling made it 4-1 when he beat the offside trap to head in a beauty by Young. City was just all over the place. They got consolation goal from Aguero. He was the only bright side in the City team. He struggled to get the ball in the final third. When he did, he scored twice. 4-2 was well deserved. City scored their second goal when Carrick went out due to injury. Manchester United was forced to play 10 against 11