Well that sucked!
I, somewhat luckily, missed the first half so I can’t give you too much insight into what occurred then.
A pair of goals by Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure put the Red’s down by 2 heading into half time. You would think that the 15 minutes spent in the locker room would be used to motivate your team so that you would start the second half firing on all cylinders. Regardless of what went on inside United’s dressing room, City started off the next half in the best possible way; by extending their lead to 3-0 by another Aguero goal. Things didn’t improve for United as just a few minutes later Samir Nasri would place the final dagger in United’s faint comeback hopes by extending City’s lead to 4-0.
As the second half progressed it did seem that United improved their play. They held up the pressure and came really close quite a few times to scoring a goal, including a header by Smalling that hit the post. United did get a late goal by Wayne Rooney after the Red’s received a freekick right outside of the City penalty box. It was quite a beautiful goal by Wayne, who by all accounts was Manchester’s best player during the game. You have to give United credit for sticking to it and not totally collapsing. Had United caved in this may very well have ended way worse than it did.
What happened? I can’t say. City dominated us in the first half and although we did seem to regain our standing in the second, it was all too little, too late.
In terms of the standings, United continue to fall further away from the top-4 as they suffered their second loss of the season. City is now third in the EPL, behind only Arsenal and Tottenham. It is not time to panic yet, but there is definitely an aura of urgency at Old Trafford. The last team to have United’s current record and still win the trophy? United in the EPL’s inaugural season.
Time to put this one behind us and focus on West Brom next weekend.