Manchester United are left bamboozled as David Moyes’ former club Everton finally end their 21 year wait to win a game at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Meanwhile Manchester City end their drought of away wins in style by bagging 3 goals in a 3-2 win over the baggies.
Upon the first time of asking, Roberto Martinez has finally managed to secure the toffee’s first away win at Old Trafford since August 1992, witnessed by former United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson who was at the match. Although United created plenty of goal-scoring opportunities throughout the game (mainly through the on-form Rooney), the ball just simply would not go in the back of the net on the night, inevitably leading up to Bryan Oviedo’s 86th minute winner – which takes Everton up to 5th in the table, 5 points clear of the red devils.
United have had a shaky season thus far, winning only 6 out of 14 games in the Premier league, which proves that David Moyes is finding it harder to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson than initially thought – something that any manager would find very difficult to do.
On the other side of Manchester, Manuel Pelligrini’s side pulled off an impressive away victory against the baggies last night, which sees Manchester City move up to 3rd in the Premier League – keeping the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea to get the right results in every game that they play.
It was obvious that City were still fired up from their 3-0 home win over Swansea last Sunday, as they opened up the scoring very early on with a goal from Sergio Aguero 8 minutes in, taking his goal tally up to 11 so far this season. Yaya Toure also got his name on the score sheet twice, as he finished off an impressive piece of team-play not too long after the first goal, followed by another goal which came in the second half from the penalty spot, after Kolarov was fouled in the box. It is no coincidence that Manchester City get their first away win since beating West Ham in October with the return of their captain Vincent Kompany, who proved to be the usual rock in defence, his much anticipated return seemed to fix all of the recent problems that the blues have been having in defence (even though 2 goals were conceded on the night) and brought back the much needed leadership to the team.
There’s no doubt that United are still a world class team, as proven when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 away in the Champions League last month, but the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue at the moment is “Can United still win the title?” – a question that hasn’t needed to be asked in recent years under Sir Alex Ferguson, so it will be interesting to see how Moyes reacts to a defeat like this and if he can make his players bounce back in time for their next game at home against Newcastle United this Saturday.
It is a different story for City, as they will be hoping to keep up their good run of form when they play Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side hoping to bounce back after their shock 3-2 home loss against Aston Villa yesterday.