The Premier League brought us the first edition of the Manchester derby yesterday in the Etihad stadium … and it was a game that will not be quickly forgotten by the visiting fans of Manchester United.
The home side — Manchester City — had the game plan of attack, attack and then some more attack. This definitely worked out to their advantage according to their whopping 4-1 victory, which brought us memories of their 6-1 away win at Old Trafford from a couple of seasons back, but that is just a bit of history to remind you all of.
The man of the match would have to be the man who netted twice — Sergio Aguero. Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were the other scorers on the night for the Blue side of Manchester while the Red Devils’ Wayne Rooney netted a stunning free kick.
United will have trouble fighting their rivals for the title if they choose not to show up defensively. They created a few chances here and there and their midfield easily possessed the ball. But their defensive abilities were simply not shown on that night. Without defense, goals will be allowed, as the keeper himself cannot do much about them.
City showed their true ability on the night and if they continue playing like that on a consistent basis, not too many teams if any can defeat them on their own ground. Now, they have to figure out how to quiet the home crowds of their opponents so that they could play their game to grab all the points they can get.
Winning the Premier League isn’t out of the question for City but playing well in the UCL will take a lot of heart, soul, skill, patience and bravery that they are just beginning to show on this stage. Time will tell if they have what it takes to succeed in both competitions.