Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2 – Aguero fires late winner at Old Trafford
City might not retain their Premier League title this season although the supporters were able to enjoy another derby victory at Old Trafford on Monday night.
April 8th, 2013
It wasn’t quite in the style of the 6-1 thrashing of United last term, although goals from James Milner and Sergio Aguero helped City reduce the gap at the top of the Premier League to twelve points with seven games remaining.
The second Manchester derby of the season was a pulsating encounter which saw both teams going on the offensive from an early stage. It was also a feisty affair which saw referee Mike Dean award eight yellow cards, with the game bubbling over in the late stages.
After a goalless first half, City took an early second half lead when Ryan Giggs was unusually caught napping and Samir Nasri was able to lay the ball off to James Milner who fired home the opener.
Manchester United were like a wounded lion and came back at their arch-rivals, with the Red Devils able to score an equaliser when Yaya Toure bundled over Rafael in a dangerous position.
Robin van Persie’s free-kick was missed by Joe Hart and Phil Jones’ header flew into the net off Vincent Kompany. It appeared as though Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were back in the ascendancy.
However, Mancini’s decision to replace Nasri with Aguero was to pay dividends when the Argentine scored a winner not dissimilar to the title-winning goal fired home against QPR.