Now that the excitement has finally settled in, I can peacefully write about the most entertaining match of the season so far! 😀
The world saw, on Sunday, the ‘Red Devils’ beat the ‘Royal Blues’. Experience beat Money. The world saw Manchester being painted Red! 🙂
Manchester United were perfect right from the first whistle. The back four, unlike the season so far, coordinated amazingly and defended everything that came to them very well. Sir Alex Ferguson knew exactly what would harm Manchester City – quick counter attacks. United sat back, inviting City to come in, get (over)confident, commit more players than they would have wanted. They picked their moments and launched lethal counter attacks. The first goal came from none other than Wayne Rooney in the 16th minute. The move started with the goalkeeper, David De Gea, passing the ball to Ashley Young who exchanged passes with Robin van Persie to slip away from his marker and run free into the City defensive turf. Young then slid the ball into Rooney’s path who, defying everyone’s expectations of going for power, placed it slyly into the bottom corner of Joe Hart’s goal. It took just 15.7 seconds for the ball to reach from De Gea’s hands to the back of City’s net. Classic example of trademark Man Utd counter attacking skills! 🙂
Wayne Rooney again struck at the half hour mark giving United a 2-0 (0-2, to be correct ;)) lead at the Emirates Stadium (i’m just trying to rub-in how United were beating it out of City at the latter’s home ground mahn! :D). This time the goal came from Man Utd’s lethal combination of Antonio Valencia (Sir Alex Ferguson’s surprise for City) and Rafael da Silva. Rafael was set on course by Valencia who crossed it low into Rooney and he wasnt gonna miss the goal from 8 yards out! Rooney, with that goal, overtook Sir Bobby Charlton to score the most goals (10) in the Manchester Derby in United colours. The first half saw Man City attacking in vain while Manchester United, slowly and steadily, taking control of the game.
Manchester United could have had a third goal in the second half after van Persie’s curling shot hit the post and Ashley Young pounced on it to put it at the back of the net, only to be WRONGLY ruled out as offside by the linesman. The introduction of Carlos Tevez, however, gave City new life. They looked deadly going forward and it finally paid off when Yaya Toure got a goal back at the hour mark, but not before De Gea made two consecutive brilliant stops to keep out David Silva. The match raced on and City finally caught up with United with an equalizer from Pablo Zabaleta in the 85th minute. City were raring to go and looked hell bent on scoring the winning goal, but they were never ready for what was coming their way. Nobody was. 🙂
Carlos Tevez, as faith would have it, gave away a silly foul at the edge of City’s box in the 91st minute. van Persie stepped up to take charge. And, as faith would have it, Carlos Tevez walks away from the wall (watch the replay, it’s really amazing!!) just as Robin van Persie takes the shot. You can also see Samir Nasri ducking behind his fellow wall-mates and lazily rasing his leg. The ball gets deflected and creeps into the bottom corner to give United the winning goal!! 😀 😀
The celebrations were marred, of course, when Rio Ferdinand was hit by a 2p coin just above his eye by one of the Manchester City fans. Another fan ran onto the pitch to confront Rio Ferdinand for his wild celebrations, only to be stopped by the towering figure of Joe Hart (respect).
It is almost as if it were written. As if it were faith that United won against City at the Emirates Stadium. That it had to be United, and United only, to break their long standing unbeaten home record (since december 2010!). This is what Manchester United is capable of. This is why they are the best team in the Barclays Premier League since it began. This is why Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager the game has ever seen. And this is probably why Manchester United will their 20th league title this season, because when no one else can, Manchester United can. 🙂 🙂
GLORY GLORY MAN UTD!