Man City smash Man United in eventful weekend
It was a very eventful weekend in European soccer, but nothing could top the news like the Manchester derby. Not only are Man United and Man City very local rivals, but they are also the two teams to have won the English Premier League in the last Two years. This match is big. And Manchester City owned it.
Playing at City’s Etihad stadium, Manchester United never really got going. This wasn’t helped by the last minute injury to star player Robin Van Persie who had to watch in pain from the stands. From the start City dominated, quicker to every ball and stronger in the pressing. United couldn’t cope and conceded to Sergio Aguero in a series of brilliant play with a finish of fine execution. City could have hit many more as United played with no conviction and lethargy, misplacing passes and lazy to run. At the stroke of half time City added another through man of the match Yaya Toure, and as the second half began City scored again with Aguero. Minutes later and it was 4 nil as a rampant City completely outplayed a poor United side. New United signing Marounae Fellaini looked like he didn’t want to run, and whenever a United player did move it seemed a City player was in the way. Wayne Rooney, United’s best player on the day got a consolation goal with a fine late freeckick. But it was City’s day and new United manager David Moyes looked embarrassed.
What does this mean for the title race? Well, it is still early days, but you have to win the big matches if you want to be the big team. United have now failed to do this against Chelsea, Liverpool and City. The consolation is that their rivals have dropped points to lower teams, and United have got some of their toughest fixtures out of the way now. The result shouldn’t matter too much as all clubs struggle to find consistency. For example, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are now top, but a few weeks back their fans demanded he be fired after they got beat. Mourinho at Chelsea had a terrible week last week but had Chelsea top of the league this weekend up until Arsenal played. Things are changing quick.
As for Liverpool, their early season form has fell off a cliff. A draw away at Swansea last Monday and an embarrassing loss at their home to lowly Southampton has pulled the enthusiasm from their fans aspirations. Losing at home to Southampton should not happen, and it looks like a major reality check for the mediocre side and naivety of the egotistical Brendan Rodgers, who continues to talk as if he is some sort of major European manager.
In other news, Sunderland have fired manager Paolo Di Canio, the first casualty of the new season. The eccentric Di Canio approached fans after Sunderland’s defeat to West Brom, and it seems his crazy nature has became too much for the club after he lost the dressing room in his bizarre rantings.
In the French league, PSG and Monaco clashed at the top of the table, ending in a 1 1 draw with £53 million man Falcao scoring for Monaco and superstar Ibrahimovic netting for PSG. In Italy, Roma beat Lazio 2 nil in the Rome derby. Barcelona and Real Madrid both won their la liga games in Spain 4 nil.
The season is well and truly under way across Europe now, but in England it remains wide open to play for, as Man City, Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all look at times strong… and as United showed this weekend, at times very, very weak.
G.J Herbert is a British features writer who has worked in content writing for business and been published in regional titles and nationally in The Sun newspaper. For his sports coverage follow him at https://twitter.com/gjhsports