United 1 - 6 City
Smalling Rio Evans(s/o) Evra
Nani(Jones) Fletcher Anderson(Chicharito) Young
|Kudos to Fletcher for scoring a stunning goal, but he was very poor at the centre.|
Ouch that one hurts. It'll take some time to nurse the hangover after this game! Our team performed reasonably well during the first 45 minutes but then all hell broke loose. Evans' stupid red card precipitated the most humiliating defeat I have ever witnessed. Barcelona's 3-1 at Wembley doesn't even hold a candle to this. This was a battle for the City, a battle between the current best clubs in England and we lost it...and how.
Rooney was the only player on the field who looked like wanting to win after Evans' red card. I'm not too bothered to comment about the game. Everyone who watched it knows want went wrong and all our players must have (should have) been subjected to one of Fergie's worst hairdryer moments. I wouldn't want to be any of our players...for once.
Where was the battle won and lost? The midfield. Our midfield is too poor compared to City's. Fletcher and Ando couldn't keep up with City. That's the harsh reality. We needed a commanding central midfielder but failed to get one and with Cleverley missing, we'll keep struggling against good teams. This defeat has been coming since that game vs Basle. We've only performed averagely ever since.
We'll need to take this game on the chin. Shit happens in life, shit happens in football and I'm sure we'll bounce back. I am confident this is just a one-off, just as it was the case when Liverpool humiliated us(4-1) 2 years ago at Old Trafford. City are rising but talking of power shift is absolute bananas. We've won the league twice since that game vs Liverpool and I'm sure we can look forward to another successful campaign, even though we were trashed today. Until then we'll have to accept that City hold the bragging rights and that 75% of the world's population is laughing at us... let's hope we have the last laugh. United till I die!