Match Report: United 1-4 City

The main news in the run up to the game was the shock admittance of RVP to the squad. Some rumors were circulating on the internet a few hours before the teams were announced that he was going to miss out, but i thought nothing of it. It turns out the rumors were right for once as David Moyes confirmed he is missing out on today’s game with a thigh strain.

Other than RVP’s absence United start with a strong team. Rio and Vidic at the back accompanied by Smalling and Evra. It seems it was too soon for Rafael to get back into the team. It would have been nice to see Kagawa play behind Rooney today but Moyes has opted for Welbeck in more of a 4-4-2 than the usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

United over played the ball trying to pass it out of their final 3rd and almost paid the ultimate price. Vidic played the ball straight to Navas but he could only shoot over. Nastasic was booked a few minutes late after flying in late on Smalling when challenging for a header. United seemed confident on the ball in the opening exchanges with some slick passing putting in Ashley Young who was just offside. Some good defending from Vidic cut out Kolarov’s cross after Smalling was left 2 on 1 at right back.

City were enjoying the majority of the possession in the opening 15 minutes, however apart from blocked efforts from outside the box they didn’t have any clear cut chances. United were defending corners well also but couldn’t retain the ball whenever they won it back. City broke the deadlock on the 16th minute. A fantastic finish from Sergio Aguero from a Kolarov cross. It was poor defending from United, Smalling was standing up Nasri and Kolarov made a run on the overlap, un tracked by Valencia, to put a great ball in for Aguero. Make no mistake the finish wasn’t easy but the Argentine made it look that way.

City really had the wind in their sails and were nearly two up when Nasri volleyed just over De Gea’s goal. Rooney was fighting a losing battle, trying to out muscle Vincent Kompany and coming worse off by losing his head band in one such challenge. United almost scored from a counter attack. Danny Welbeck took slightly too long on the ball and by the time he played Rooney in on goal he was offside. The difference between the two teams so far is that City looked very dangerous going forward. United not so much.

Thankfully City didn’t score again after a spell on dominance in the game. Rooney was finally booked after his fourth foul (according to Howard Webb), a frustrated lash out at Kompany after being muscled off the ball. United finally had a spell of possession but found it very difficult to penetrate city as they were pressing very hard on every United player when they received the ball. The stats showed 10 City attempts to United’s 0. That tell you all you need to know about the first 30 mins.

City’s onslaught receded in the last 15mins as United gained more possession without threatening the City goal. We were limited to crosses from deep as the key battle in the match, between Rooney and Kompany, was being won by the Belgian captain. Every time Rooney dropped deep to get the ball Kompany was hot in his heels, giving him no space to turn and play Welbeck in. Cut off Rooney, cut off any United threat it seemed. Ashley Young tried a few audacious passes from deep to play Welbeck in, but his lack of quality in comparison to Rooney was tangible, as he failed to find him once. City put the nail in United’s coffin on the stroke of half time with a second goal. A fully deserved lead and i would have been happy with 1-0 at half time. Fellaini left Toure from the corner which left him unmarked for a tap in after Negredo won the header. All they needed to do was fill the grave in and United were done. Could we come back from the dead in the second half?

City added a third through Sergio Aguero shortly after the break, and made it four with Nasri volleying home just minutes later. United looked down and out with more than half an hour still to play. Tom Cleverley came on as a substitute for Ashley Young and things seemed to calm down slightly. A late consolation was scored late on, as Rooney fired an excellent free-kick beyond the outstretched Joe Hart.

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I am a life long United fan, loving and following everything red. I've recently joined the OTF team writing match previews and reports. This is a hobby i have taken up which i thoroughly enjoy.

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