Third place Manchester City triumphed over fierce rivals Manchester United – who currently sit in eight place – 1-0 today at the Etihad stadium.
United did have an opportunity two minutes later when a headed pass from Robin Van Persie found Adnan Januzaj towards the outside of the box but the youngster dragged his shot wide of the goal.
Aguero once again looked likely to score after taking down a pass from Fernando in spectacular fashion. Fortunately for United Marcos Rojo was able to put enough pressure on the Argentine forward and was unable to trouble De Gea with a weak effort.
David De Gea had a good first half stopping another two attempts, denying Jesus Navas and Aguero of any glory.
Disaster struck when Chris Smalling picked up two consecutive yellow cards for blocking a Joe Hart kick in the 31st minute and taking down James Milner towards the end of the first half leaving United with only ten men for the second half.
To add to United’s problems Marcos Rojo came off during the second half with a dislocated shoulder. The centre back had a good game until the incident that could see him out of action for the foreseeable future.
Needless to say City capitalised on this, and with United’s current defensive issues, it didn’t make it any easier for the struggling side. Sergio Aguero eventually broke the deadlock on the 63rd minute to take his tally to ten goals for the season. United did well to fight back and had a few successful attacks but Joe Hart did well to keep them out.
City had a few penalty shouts throughout the game but it didn’t really matter in the end as they came out of the game with all three points. Pablo Zabaleta spoke after the match of his belief that City can now build on the derby win, but bluesquare.com aren’t so sure.
It was a cracking game for both sides but unless United fix their defensive problems there might be quite a few more defeats over the horizon.