Manchester - Sergio Aguero came off the bench to
grab Manchester City a 2-1 win against rivals United at Old Trafford and
close the gap at the top of the English Premier League to 12 points.
Milner had put the visitors ahead with a deflected effort straight
after half-time before Vincent Kompany's own goal levelled it up for the
However, Aguero replaced Samir Nasri before firing in
at the near post with 11 minutes remaining to claim the three points and
move City closer to leaders United.
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When these sides met almost
twelve months ago at the Etihad Stadium, United were on the slide and
City's win catapulted them into the lead in the title race that ended in
dramatic fashion on the last day.
This season's race seems rather
more mundane with United coming into this Old Trafford clash with a
15-point lead and very close to claiming their 20th English league
title, but this result may just spark some nerves in Alex Ferguson's
The game got off to a blistering start and after James
Milner's early shot was turned away by Rafael at the near post, it was
Robin van Persie who worked the first real opening but his low shot slid
across the slick surface wide of the post.
In an open game, City
pressed forward themselves and a well-placed pass from Kompany found
David Silva in the area, the Spaniard playing a first-time cross for
Carlos Tevez only for Phil Jones to get across just in time to block the
The visitors had the next chance but Nasri
snatched at the ball inside the area after it fell kindly to the
Frenchman and it went harmlessly wide.
United, who were without
Nemanja Vidic, were defending well and they almost hit on the counter
attack but Ashley Young failed to get his cross into the area with Van
Just before the break, Rafael almost opened the
scoring by fluke when he stuck a foot out but the ball looped up onto
Joe Hart's crossbar.
City were aggrieved when referee Mike Dean
blew for the break when they were attacking but they were in front soon
after the restart following a rare error from veteran Ryan Giggs.
United midfielder lost possession in midfield and Gareth Barry made the
most of it before feeding Nasri, who set up Milner and the England
international powered a low shot goalwards that deflected off Jones and
past David de Gea.
Jones was in action at the other end to help
level the score in the 58th minute as he met Van Persie's in-swinging
free-kick after Joe Hart flapped at it.
The ball rebounded off Jones's shoulder and into the back of Kompany with the City defender credited with the own goal.
boss Roberto Mancini claimed Aguero was ready to play but not fit
enough for 90 minutes and he brought him on with 19 minutes to go.
Argentine was certainly fit enough to sprint past the United defence
late on after Yaya Toure fed him the ball and he smashed it into the
roof of De Gea's net at the near post to send the visiting City
Ferguson responded by throwing on Javier Hernandez for
the final few minutes but United could not create a clear opening to get