Passion, power, pace and panache – the words that best sum up City’s emphatic win against United in the derby.
I might argue that it was a more comprehensive victory than the 6-1 at Stretford in the title winning season.
On that memorable day Fergie’s reds chased the game and the Blues took full advantage to batter home a big victory. This time around Moyes didn’t over commit his team to chase the game, City were simply sublime, with Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure supplying plenty of the passion, power, pace and panache that I mentioned earlier. They played like men, indeed leaders of men.
They weren’t the only stars to light up the autumn sky, Samir Nasri showed some lovely touches, the way he dragged the ball behind his standing leg, to send Kolarov away, to supply Aguero’s exquisite finish, might not have been highlighted on Match of the Day as much as Valencia’s failure to track back, but it deserved to be.
As for that finish – well for me it’s a contender for goal of the season. No doubt some long ranger at arrowing into the top corner, will get the award, but every element of Aguero’s peach was brilliant.
His second goal wasn’t bad either, but this time it was Alvaro Negredo’s turn and right foot cross that proved to be the killer moment. Negredo showed why he’s known as the Bull.
City bullied their opponents into submission.
Only a few weeks ago there were some who were questioning the qualities of Joe Hart, I felt that criticism was unfair, Joe was faultless against the Reds, he produced a great tip over from the otherwise anonymous Fellaini, and brilliant reactions during that scramble near the end. The goal he did eventually concede was perfectly placed, by the only opposition player who’d have a chance of getting in the City team, on the evidence of that game.
After the fun had ended, I had the pleasure of meeting the cool (the only word that sums him up) City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak. It was the first time I’d spoken to him, I grabbed a picture, and he joked that City should have had five. I couldn’t argue.
I assumed he had no idea who I was, why would he? I told him my match commentaries went on the City website, as well as on BBC Radio Manchester. “I know” he said with a knowing smile. I can’t deny I was a little taken aback. I’d assumed that something like website commentary would slip under his radar, but apparently not. It seems the quietly cool City Chairman of 2013 is across everything, just like the Boys in Blue on the pitch, circa 2013 are.
We’ve seen what their potential is now with this destruction of last years title winners, here’s hoping Cardiff was a lesson learnt and there’ll be no more under par performances like Stoke and Hull. Onwards and upwards, but you and I both know this is our beloved Manchester City, and I for one ALWAYS enjoy the ride, bring on Villa Park (and before that Wigan in the League Cup)!
Listen out for John Gidman who’s the phone guest on Blue Tuesday ahead of the Wigan game and my musical montage of the derby – 6pm 95.1FM