City down United to go top

2012-04-30 23:01

Manchester - Manchester City seized control of the Premier League title race here on Monday after Vincent Kompany's first-half header powered them to a 1-0 win over bitter rivals Manchester United.

Kompany headed home from a corner on the stroke of half-time to settle a highly-charged title duel at Eastlands which saw City go top of the table by virtue of their superior goal difference.

The victory means that wins over Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers in their remaining games will almost certainly see City claim their first league crown in 44 years while United would finish the season without a trophy.

The win also capped a remarkable comeback in the league race by City, who appeared to have blown their title chances in early April after falling eight points behind United.

Kompany's winner settled an at times ill-tempered duel which in terms of quality failed to live up to its pre-match hype.

The pressure-cooker nature of the occasion was reflected by an ugly touchline bust-up involving United manager Alex Ferguson and his City counterpart Roberto Mancini on 76 minutes.

A visibly enraged Ferguson had to be restrained from confronting Mancini after the Italian had marched into the technical area to complain after Nigel De Jong was booked for a cynical challenge on Danny Welbeck.

A scrappy first half saw City dominate possession and territory but struggle to create clear chances against a United side who had the flooded midfield with five men, leaving Wayne Rooney as the lone striker.

The home side were also given a huge scare after only two minutes, when Michael Carrick's shot from inside the area was blocked to safety by Kompany.

That early scare aside it was largely all City, although United's defence was rarely troubled as the home side struggled to find their passing rhythm.

Samir Nasri brought the Eastlands crowd to their feet with a jinking run on 16 minutes which took him beyond the United defence before the France international played in Carlos Tevez, whose cutback was cleared by Phil Jones.

The fractious mood of the evening was reflected at Ferguson's angry reaction after Kompany was booked for a clumsy challenge that poleaxed Rooney.

On 25 minutes Sergio Aguero nearly gave his watching father-in-law Diego Maradona something to cheer about only for his volley from Joleon Lescott's flick-on to sail over the crossbar.

The diminutive Argentinian attacker was off-target 10 minutes later, miscuing his shot wide after good work down the right once more from Nasri as City upped the pressure.

The moments before half-time marked City's best spell of the match, with David De Gea needing to be alert to intercept a menacing cross from Gael Clichy before Tevez produced one surging run from inside his own half that had United scrambling back to cover.

Yet just when it looked as if United had survived the late onslaught, City went ahead. David Silva curled in a corner from the right and Kompany leapt above Chris Smalling to power an unstoppable header past De Gea.

The second half saw City again control possession, and they went close to scoring with late chances from Gael Clichy, Nasri and Aguero.

United meanwhile struggled to create any chances of note, their attempts to get back in the game foundering on a superb defensive effort from City, with Kompany and Lescott unyielding throughout.

Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring (AP)


  • fdalana - 2012-04-30 23:11

    the noisy neighbours are getting louder indeed.

  • - 2012-04-30 23:13

    Yeees shapaa Man city i told ja people yeah we taking the league

  • kaybeeforever - 2012-04-30 23:16

    United have themselvels to blame for throwing away a 8 points lead away,i dont see City slipping again....its gonna be a tense finish but iam afraid United have just kissed the title goodbye....thanks to those big party spoilers Everton,its like here at home just imagine the scenario....Supersport & Pirates Draw,Chiefs beat Sundowns,both Swallows & Free State Stars wins....that will be a finish

      sibongiseni.mbukwane - 2012-04-30 23:44

      plattini once said that the best wil win at the end of the match. im happy for man city nd i hope they wil win their last two games. man u is facing the same situation of kaizeir chiefs, their cabinet is empty this season

      Sean - 2012-05-01 00:12

      @kaybeeforever - You are right , Man United only have themselves to blame for throwing away a 8 point lead. City musn`t forget , it won`t be easy to beat Newcastle at home !

  • sibongiseni.mbukwane - 2012-04-30 23:47

    what a disappointing season for man u, barca, kaizeir chiefs...etc

      Keith - 2012-05-01 01:06

      Take Barcelona out of the list,they already won 3 major trophies this season and they have a cup final against athletic bilbao to come, so in overall they had only lost two trophies this season the UEFA champions league and the Spanish la-liga that's not a bad season at all for Barcelona.

      Koos - 2012-05-01 07:45

      Nothing disappointed. Every good thing comes to an end.

      paulos.hlongwane - 2012-05-01 12:12

      they'l all end their league campaign without any silverwear, shame on them

  • Ken - 2012-05-01 00:21

    Isn't this just so beautiful!

  • Dawood - 2012-05-01 00:41

    United had it coming for a long time. They continuously signed British rubbish. Look at Chelsea and Man City. These are the sides that are going to control the PL for the next decade.

      Koos - 2012-05-01 07:46

      Dream on.

      afrikeni - 2012-05-01 08:04

      Man U players r not good enough for this level. I'm Man U supporter

      afrikeni - 2012-05-01 08:32

      News24 that's not my full comment - what's going on?

  • Nselelindelaniinnocent.djrica - 2012-05-01 00:48

    rise up City rise up\\/°\\/°

  • Hallo - 2012-05-01 00:50

    Come on citeh!

  • Thabiso Ratlhagane - 2012-05-01 00:59

    This is soccer! sumtimes u win games dat u expected to lose and lose those that u expected to win! Newcastle r not going to rollover while playing @ home. they want to qualify for a european spot...!

  • - 2012-05-01 06:45

    I am a noisy neighbour by Nature and by force, MAN CITY for lyf baby, shapaaaaa

      Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-05-01 06:53

      Watch how United turn this around.....

  • willard.nemapare - 2012-05-01 07:23

    manU wz really underpressure and city deserved thier victory.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 07:33

    What an unbelievable GOAL !!!!!!

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-05-01 07:33

    Ferguson has thrown the title away! Poor selections and poor tactics. Why the 4-5-1 formation? Plus he left Young and Valencia on the bench. They are United's best midfielders. When they went 1-0 down Fergie should have brought at least one of them on, plus Welbeck and gone back to 4-4-2. But no, he waited until it was too late. It's not the first time this season that poor selections and tactics have cost United. But well done City. They won't slip up now.

      Bob - 2012-05-02 08:51

      Poor selections ?, who else could he select, Utd are a weak side and are in a false position, there is no way they are in the top two sides in England, it will be a travesty if they win the EPL, to many teams have just rolled over because they are playing Utd and way too many refs have have handed out shocking decisions in favour of Utd, how can a team have two midfielders that total nearly 80 and Carrick, and expect to win anything, Fergie has completely lost the plot.

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-01 07:36

    City have 2 very tough games remaining. Lets not overlook QPR who are still fighting relegation, this could be very tricky on that last day. Let's not forget that United can still also lose or draw one of their remaining games. But City deserves to win the EPL because they beat United home and away 7-1 on aggregate. I've never seen any other team do that.

      Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-01 07:47

      City is on the rise. If they win the EPL this season, it could spell disaster after disaster for United. City was without Tevez (who was captain and joint top scorer in the EPL last season) for 6 months but they are still on top. Imagine if he was there all this time, maybe they could have already wrapped up the league by now.

  • Vernon - 2012-05-01 07:36

    true,but i still do not know a single city fan let alone supporter bru.ywnwa

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-01 07:46

      Neither do I Vernon. But suddenly you'll see many City "fans" crawling out the woodwork.

      fdalana - 2012-05-01 07:52

      they are not supporters,they are glory poachers.ask them to name 5 city players from 3/4 seasons ago.

      Vickers - 2012-05-01 09:19

      Could it be that they are Liverpool supporters waving any banner that is not United?

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-05-01 07:55

    Fergie team selection all wrong should have played Young/Valencia straight after half time.I dont think Park should have started.Lets talk about City.Last season won FA cup in how many years of trying could not defend it.They wil probaly win leauge this year first time in 44 years and will not win it again in another 44 years.Newcastle is not going to be easy as they are fighting for euro spot.I think Fergie must stand down now he has had a great career at Manunited but its time for new ideas.Pep might be an option

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-01 07:59

    City can force Ferguson to retire sooner than he expects because I'm certain that he still wants to win another Champions League before he retires. But if City wins 3 EPL's in a row he would eventually give up and be forced to retire because City have the financial muscle to buy any player they want in the world.

  • Hanre - 2012-05-01 08:05

    Red Devils downed for the second time this season by City! Seems someone else is starting to rule the streets of Manchester. You go City!!

      Hanre - 2012-05-01 08:07

      I am by no means a supporter of any of the two teams, but generally support any team that plays against Liverpool and United.

      Bob - 2012-05-02 12:54

      Hanre, so basically you don't follow football at all then, as a Liverpool fan I have a passionate hate for Utd, all true Liverpool supporters feel the same and the same goes for Utd supporters they really hate Liverpool, you just seem to hate for no reason.

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-01 08:14


  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-05-01 08:34

    Man City have a good chance to win a league and i hope next year is going to Arsenal viva Man City

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-01 08:50

    Ferguson said that this derby is the biggest ever in his 26 years as United coach. Watched by more than 650 million people all over the world, but his players didn't come to the party. City's keeper was bored and never tested. Rooney was toothless. Clearly City must win the EPL after such a display. This might go on to haunt United for a very long time. Maybe the tables have turned already. Watch this space. RISE CITY RISE. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-01 08:52

    Looks like the noisy neighbours have silenced one side of Manchester. Are there any UTD supporters looking for some Kompany on this fine Workers Day? :P

      Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-05-01 14:14

      So nice to see all the Liverpool supporters supporting Man City....I would have also supported a better team if I was a Liverpool supporter......

      Bob - 2012-05-02 12:57

      Sharmilen, at last you have spoke sense, if you were a Liverpool supporter you would certainly be supporting a better team than that crap you support now, care to re-think your last sentence ?

  • Sharmilen - 2012-05-02 08:28

    No Gunner..............goal difference won't come into!!!!!!

      Bob - 2012-05-02 13:07

      Hopefully you are correct Sharm, with a midfield like the scum put out against City they could well lose both remaining games, hopefully Fergie will remain manager at the manure heap for many years to come because he is responsible for not buying replacement players for their midfield, how can any manager of a so called top club put out two players that total nearly 80 years old and Carrick, in midfield, and expect to get a result against a team like City, yes I hope he remains in charge for many years to come, it will just hasten the return to the top of my Liverpool.

  • shaficks - 2012-05-02 14:25

    If a Billionaire owner took over Wigan or Wolves, the same thing would have happened for them as with City. It would be much better if a team like Newcastle or Liverpool or Arsenal wins the title = hard earned!! Whats surprising is that City is not 20 pts clear with the amount of money they've been throwing around.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-05-02 14:46

    Gosh Bobby that one flew over your's a sarcastic comment. You are English and cannot read and understand. The Queen won't be happy. Read it again and understand it....if you still don't get it....take it to a pre-schooler for help.

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