Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/24/11

It was a shocking box score from Sunday’s “Manchester Derby” that no respectable soccer fan would truly believe; 6-1 Manchester City over Manchester United at Old Trafford. An unbelievable, inconceivable, and an unthinkable result that shocked the world. Manchester United, the dominating name in English soccer had their worst loss in the history of the club to the last club they needed to lose to. There is now a new Manchester club atop the soccer world; red is out baby blue is in. For years Manchester City had been the little brother that couldn’t, while they watched their older brother bask in the glory. Now the English countryside rings with the chants of “Glory Glory Man City”, and Poznan will become the new dance in the London underground clubs.

Mario Balotelli asks "Why Always Me?" after his first of two goals versus Manchester United

It was an unbelievable first score for the “Manchester Derby”. If there was a time for twenty-one year old Mario Balotelli to rise to stardom, Sunday afternoon he made the most of it by scoring the first two goals in the match. After a James Milner cross missed David Silva, the ball fell right onto Mario’s boot; there he struck the ball low to the corner right past a diving David de Gea. Balotelli followed the strike by showing the writing on his under shirt that said, “Why Always Me?”. Why has Balotelli scored in every one of his last five matches? Why is it always him? Nothing but God given talent and the pressing attack of his City team mates which lead to his second goal in the 60th minute. A brilliant back pass in the box from Silva gave Milner a clear cross along the goal to a streaking Balotelli who then finished the play with emphasis. 2-0 City, United was stunned; but the shock and awe was just beginning.

It was an inconceivable afternoon in Manchester. David Silva’s silky smooth play made him a pesky nuisance for the United defense. The City attack was brutal the entire game with a crucial moment coming in 47th minute. After fantastic touches from Milner and Sergio Aguero, Balotelli found a lane to run past Johnny Evans where he was tripped in front of the box. The controversial call led to a red card for Evans which fueled City to Balotelli’s second tally in the 60th. Nine minutes after Balotelli’s second, a similar build up occurred for City’s third goal; this time Micah Richards crossed to Aguero who finished calm cool and collected even with Phil Jones marking him tight. Truly an inconceivable afternoon; 3-0 in 70 minutes at Old Trafford with Red Devil supporters flocking to the exits.

What came next was something unthinkable. Darren Fletcher had a beautiful upper ninety strike giving United some hope–if there was any team to make a comeback it would be the home side–but it was Manchester City’s day. Yugoslavian Edin Dzeko replaced Balotelli  in the 70th, looking to give City fresh legs to ward off any United comeback. Instead Dzeko powered past the already beaten and weakened United defense having multiple chances quickly. His persistence led his sixth goal of the season with a deflected pass from Joleon Lescott on a late corner kick; all the luck and legend was going to the unlikely heroes. Yet still the onslaught continued with injury time goals from Silva and Dzeko again giving him his second within five minutes.

Dzeko deflects ball of his knee to give Manchester City their 4th of six goals.

Manchester United was tried, beaten, and left questioning their endurance and spirit. The one expression that poured across all City faithful was smiles. Smiles from the players, smiles from the fans, and even smiles from the boss Mancini– who had received so much criticism for not being able to conquer their local rivals. A great weight was lifted from all who call Manchester City their own, a weight that could now let set them free to dominate England and European soccer. 6-1 Manchester City over Manchester United, an unbelievable, inconceivable, and unthinkable outcome that leaves everyone asking; “Why not always City?”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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