Man City embarrass Man U

2011-10-23 16:32

Manchester - Mario Balotelli scored twice as Manchester City defeated Manchester United 6-1 to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday after their biggest win at Old Trafford for 85 years.

Balotelli - who was forced to flee his home on Saturday following a bizarre late night blaze triggered by fireworks - lit the fuse on City's title challenge after being named in the starting line-up by Roberto Mancini.

The 21-year-old Italian fired City ahead in the 22nd minute and added a second on the hour mark before Argentine striker Sergio Aguero netted a third in the 69th minute.

A brace of late goals from Edin Dzeko and a David Silva finish completed City's scoring on a memorable afternoon as United suffered their worst home defeat in Premier League history.

United - who had Jonny Evans sent off two minutes into the second half - scored a memorable late goal through Darren Fletcher but it was scant consolation after a chastening afternoon for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

The defeat was United's first league loss at Old Trafford since April 2010 and left City in pole position at the top of the table.

Balotelli's first came midway through the opening 45 minutes, the striker coolly stroking home from the edge of the area after neat play between Silva and James Milner.

The 24 million man celebrated his strike by removing his jersey to expose a t-shirt with the slogan - "Why Always Me? - which delighted his team-mates but irked referee Mark Clattenburg who promptly booked the forward.

A shellshocked United struggled to mount much of a response for the remainder of the half, and were limited to only a couple of long-range efforts from Anderson and Wayne Rooney from distance.

It got worse for United two minutes into the second half when they were reduced to 10 men after Evans hauled down Balotelli just outside the area.

The killer blow from Balotelli came on 60 minutes and again it owed everything to the ingenuity of Silva and Milner, the duo combining before Milner crossed to the far post for the Italian to make it 2-0.

More slick inter-play led to Aguero's goal in the 60th minute before Fletcher curled in a superb finish 10 minutes from time.

But with United increasingly ragged, City ramped up the pressure. Dzeko added a third on 90 minutes before Silva tapped in from close range and Dzeko bagged a second to make it 6-1.


  • muhhamedvefa.dag - 2011-10-23 16:43


      Chloe - 2011-10-23 18:17

      Wonder what all the big mouth united fans say now hahaha aha oooooooooh that was so Keller ,,,,,,, highlight of the year for me

  • rosswallaceza - 2011-10-23 16:45

    LOL, the glory hunters must be pissed off

      Shivaskar - 2011-10-23 16:54

      Glory, Glory to the 1-6!!!!

  • Sam - 2011-10-23 17:10

    Absolutely incredible! Loved every minute of it. Loved it almost more than winning the FA Cup... Now we must just carry this type form over to the Champions League! CTID

  • Charles - 2011-10-23 17:25

    6-1 @ Old Trafford. Hahahahahahahahahahaha Chuckman

  • Moses - 2011-10-23 19:22

    This is even worse than the defeat of Arsenal at the hands of MU! Why, well (1) because Arsenal was not full strenghth and MU was (2) it was a home defeat (3) MU has "better players" then all the other teams combined in the League Remember that even the proud will have to fall! YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE!

  • greg.vangraan - 2011-10-23 19:38

    Never surrender,never give up...we'll be back. Man. United for life!!!! Greg Atl.

  • Winsome - 2011-10-23 20:22

    OMG - the world is going to tip off its axis! Sorry Man U fans - your turn to eat humble pie!

  • Tiaan - 2011-10-23 20:54

    For years Man U fans have been glory hunters, but has anyone realised how many people support Man City now? That seems abit hypocritical.. Congrats to Man City, you were spectacular. But don't write off Man U, I think their track record speeks for itself. To all Man City fans from a united fan just know with success comes hatred. Enjoy it while it lasts. P.S. Balotelli is awesome.

      Sam - 2011-10-24 10:25

      A good reply from a ManU fan. I've been a long suffering City fan, and remember back in the 90's we were everybody's "2nd team"... Now that we are a threat all that changes. Also, I hate all these glory-hunting City supporters. They have not been through the "dark days" of 2nd division with the rest of us. Instead, they supported Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal while they were the "hottest thing this side of hell". Good thing for you guys now is you see who are true Utd supporters. Only true supporters will come out and say "Yeah, we were whipped, but I still stand behind my team". All of the best for your team for the future!

  • fireflyband - 2011-10-23 21:36

    haha - what happened to all the loud mouthed united fans? No comments? cat caught your tongue? :p

  • Rajen - 2011-10-23 22:09

    Glory glory Man United.

      Gunner - 2011-10-24 07:33

      GLORY GLORY...1-6....Where you guys playing tennis???

  • Anoop - 2011-10-24 01:39

    You call this six in the city, ha,ha!!!

  • Dhirshan - 2011-10-24 07:58


  • Bob - 2011-10-24 08:00

    Fantastic, this result was coming, lucky against Stoke, lucky against Norwich, lucky against Liverpool, and crap in the Champions league, their luck had to run out eventually and yesterday it ran out, City showed them up for what they are, a lucky very average side with 1 World class player in Shrek.

  • Enrico - 2011-10-24 08:23

    man untd can you say something about that win

      dion.chinnaiah - 2011-10-24 08:47

      Unfortunately, we have to eat humble pie here. However, maybe it was a wake up call. Our recent form has been somewhat shaky. Well done to City - a really great performance (as much as I hate to say that!)

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2011-10-24 11:44

    I'm a Man U fan but I must say yesterday we were made to eat humble pie. Man City were the better team and they deserved to win. Man U will bounce back, I pity the team that will face them next.

  • Cuthbert - 2011-10-24 13:37

    A wake up call for the old man (Sir Alexander Ferguson). GO on retirement with a good record. Other teams are developing faster than Man U. Young, fresh tactics required. Referees are becoming more"professional" and will not always be there to assist u win like they did against Chelsea and that Romanian team (Champions League match day 3).

  • yogesh.naidoo - 2011-10-24 16:40

    We were beaten by a better team. No excuses. Man City deserves the victory and the glory. Well done Man City, you thrashed us good.

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