The race for the Barclay’s Premier League crown is all but over. Manchester United has been on a mission from match one. Alex Ferguson’s chaps have turned the sour ending of last year into a magical 2012-13 season. They lost out on goal differential last season and it was clear from the outset Man U didn’t want that scenario to ever happen again.
Defending Champion Manchester City meanwhile has been curiously average. While they boast the Premier League’s best defense, they’ve put the ball in the back of the net far less. That’s led to losses against the likes of Southampton and Sunderland and draws against QPR, Stoke and West Ham. City’s “hiccups” have led to United’s top of the table dominance.
Still, a Derby is a Derby. Don’t ever tell anyone involved with either club that a match is meaningless. The two Manchester giants clashed Monday and they did not disappoint. It was clear that United wanted nothing more than to officially put the nail in City’s coffin. City meanwhile, left us wondering- what if?
The sky blue jersey’s that hit the pitch at Old Trafford Monday looked much more like the team we all expected. City was not supposed to be 15 points behind Sir Alex’s bunch. This was supposed to be another epic BPL finish. While City will likely have to settle for 2nd place, they didn’t settle at all Monday night. Roberto Mancini’s Blues stung United 2-1 to pick up a much needed win and some much needed confidence.
City held possession at over 65% in the first 45 minutes, yet the two clubs went into halftime scoreless. A James Milner blast in the 51st put City on top early in the second half.
City’s lead would be short lived as Phil Jones capitalized on a moment of rare folly by skipper Vincent Kompany. He lost Jones for a moment and it led to an own goal in the 59th minute.
For the next 18 minutes it appeared that the two sides would have settle for an unsatisfying tie in the Derby fixture. Then came Dr. Clutch Sergio Aguero.
The diminutive Argentinian dynamo entered the game with a bang. Just minutes after coming on for Samir Nasri, Aguero scored a world class goal that will be replayed for some time. Click the link below to see it>
The goal would seal the victory for City. Last season Aguero was responsible for stealing the Premier league crown from United’s clutches with a late goal against QPR.
Both goals were world class. The goal yesterday reminded everyone that while United may be cruising to their revenge, City may still be the most talented team in Manchester. It’s frustrating for City supporters to see their club 12 points behind United, particularly when they can put together performances like this.
City will face Chelsea this Sunday in the FA Cup semifinals. An FA Cup crown on top of this Derby win wouldn’t cure all for City but it would certainly lament that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
United meanwhile need only 10 more points to officially clinch the BPL crown this year. It would be Ferguson’s 13th Premier League title.