Manchester City vs Manchester United @ The Etihad Stadium
As if it wasn’t obvious before Sunday’s match, the Manchester derby is currently the top footballing exhibition in the Premiership and one of the best in the world. After losing both league matches last season (including a 6-1 embarrassment at Old Trafford) , Manchester United were eager to turn the tables on their “noisy neighbors”, though it was always likely to be a difficult task at the Etihad Stadium.
As was chronicled last week, United have had a nasty habit of conceding first this season and in the opening 15 minutes, Manchester City controlled possession and looked likely to continue the trend. However, it was not to be, as in the first real attack of the match for the Red Devils, Wayne Rooney scored to put Manchester United in front in the 16th minute. Rooney would go on to add a second just 13 minutes later to put United in the driver’s seat.
The match changed early in the 2nd half, as Mancini brought off strugglin...