LONDON: Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 4-1 in an extraordinary derby match.
In what was a first Manchester derby for both City manager Manuel Pellegrini and United counterpart David Moyes, Sergio Aguero scored twice at Eastlands with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also on target for the hosts.
The first match between the two clubs since Alex Ferguson retired as manager of English champions United at the end of last season saw Aguero open the scoring in the 16th minute when he flicked in Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross despite the ball being behind him.
Toure made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time when he turned in Alvaro Negredo’s header from a corner.
Whatever Moyes said at the interval to a United team missing injured striker Robin van Persie had little effect as within five minutes of the re-start City were 4-0 up.
Negredo saw his lofted cross to the far post volleyed in by the unmarked Aguero.
And, in another example of poor United defending, Jesus Navas went unchallenged down the right before his cross was struck home by Nasri.
Wayne Rooney pulled one back for United when he beat fellow England international Joe Hart with a free-kick three minutes from time that gave the striker a record 11th goal in Manchester derbies. “It was a great win against Manchester United and no-one believes that 4-1 is possible before the game,” said Pellegrini. “We try to be the team that has possession of the ball and creates chances.”
Skipper Vincent Kompany believes City were hungrier for the win. “Maybe the game meant a little bit more to us than for them,” said the Belgian. “It’s too early to say it’s a defining game. You make a statement over the course of the season.”
Moyes admitted United had been out-played. “We didn’t play well enough to win the game. Manchester City played well and deserved the victory,” said Moyes. “If you lose four you are not expecting to win too many. We conceded poor goals. We needed to get closer in the second half but they get away and score more goals. “We got better as the game went on but it was too late.” (AFP)