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Premier League: 5 Things We Learned From Manchester United vs. Manchester City

5 Things We Learned From The Manchester Derby

Manchester City players celebrate against Manchester United
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In the Manchester derby, there is always more at stake than just the points -- it's about bragging rights too. In this Manchester derby, though, the points were much more important than the bragging rights for City; for United, the bragging rights were all they were really playing for. City, though, had to win to keep the pressure on Chelsea and to show everybody just how serious they are about winning the Premier League this season.

5. Rio Ferdinand Is Not Good Enough To Start Anymore

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United
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5. Rio Ferdinand Is Not Good Enough To Start Anymore

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United
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Rio Ferdinand has enjoyed a distinguished career, but he has reached that stage in his career when, psychically, he has hit a brick wall. Worse than that, physically, he's actually regressing at this point. The mobility he now has is not good enough for this level. He consistently lost his marker at set-pieces and looked slow throughout. Although, to be fair, he wasn't helped by his center-back partner at times either.

4. Edin Dzeko Will Always Give You Goals

Edin Dzeko celebrates a goal against Manchester United
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4. Edin Dzeko Will Always Give You Goals

Edin Dzeko celebrates a goal against Manchester United
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The performances of Edin Dzeko are pretty inconsistent. When he's good, he's good, but when he's bad, he's very bad. He was excellent against United in all aspects: work rate, holding the ball up, movement, link-up play and goal scoring. Dzeko is a typical goalscorer, though, in that, even when playing a bad game, he can always get you a goal. Always.

3. Questions Need To Be Asked Of Phil Jones

Manchester United and Manchester City players battle for the ball
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3. Questions Need To Be Asked Of Phil Jones

Manchester United and Manchester City players battle for the ball
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Phil Jones has, for a long time, been touted at Old Trafford as a standout prospect. A talent which could go right to the very top. Well, you have to doubt that judgement right now. His marking was abysmal in this game and his passing was vaguely better. You don't want to judge him too harshly, but with the reputation he has, that's just the way it goes. There is no free pass to the top and questions must be asked; he is not a kid anymore.

2. Yaya Toure Is Easily The Best Central Midfield Player In The League

Yaya Toure celebrates a Manchester City goal
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2. Yaya Toure Is Easily The Best Central Midfield Player In The League

Yaya Toure celebrates a Manchester City goal
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Just in case you didn't know, you do now: Yaya Toure is the best central midfield player in the Premier League, and it's not even that close. In terms of a box-to-box midfielder who does everything, he stands above them all right now. At Old Trafford, he scored his 17th league goal of the season (21 in all competitions); the next best is Steven Gerrard with 10. It's more than just goals that Toure provides, though -- it's a complete package.

1. Manchester City Have The Mentality Required To Win The League

Manuel Pellegrini direct his Manchester City players
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1. Manchester City Have The Mentality Required To Win The League

Manuel Pellegrini direct his Manchester City players
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The Manchester City players are as cool as their manager when it comes to the pressure of the title race. A key game that City had to win to keep up the pressure on Chelsea at the top, and they dealt with the occasion perfectly. The first few minutes told you everything as they came out like a steam train. They knew the pressure was on and that they had to win the game and they had every intention of doing just that. Which they did, convincingly.