Sergio Aguero Goal Gives Manchester City 2-1 Win Over United at Old Trafford

Manchester City certainly proved critics wrong when they triumphed over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Some might have said that the 165th Manchester Derby between United and City would be less of a spectacle in terms of what is at stake. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Going into tonight’s game, United held a 15 points lead with less than 10 Premier League games to go. In the past, a derby game may have won either side the League, but as City manager Roberto Mancini has said recently, this is not looking likely.

The earlier fixture saw United come out on top 3-2 with a late van Persie free-kick at the Etihad Stadium. For Manchester City, tonight’s game was consolation and largely a regaining of pride over their bitter rivals.

Always a feisty and passionate encounter, 8 yellow cards were shown in a game which saw Manchester City win 2-1.

An open game in the first half saw the sides go in level at the break. The quality of attacking play and creativity from both teams was there, but there was a lack of any real attacking endeavour.

City were the first to go ahead 5 minutes after the break. A schoolboy error from veteran Ryan Giggs eventually saw the ball arrive at James Milner’s feet where his deflected shot found its way in.

Cue ‘the Noisy Neighbours’

United haven’t not scored on home soil in over three years and the inevitable happened when a brilliant free-kick from van Persie found its way onto Vincent Kompany’s head and went in.

An end-to-end game always needed a bit of quality and that was found from Manchester City substitute Sergio Aguero who scored after a mazy run.

Cue ‘the Noisy Neighbours’

The Premier League season will fail to live up to the hype it did throughout last season. Manchester City did deserve to win today but have not performed effectively throughout.

It is still mathematically possible for Mancini and Manchester City to retain the title, but this would of course require serious bad form for United.

van Persie is however suffering from a serious goal-drought so you never know…

Real Madrid Beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp to Reach Cup Final

An eagerly anticipated Copa Del Rey Semi-Final clash between rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona has ended 4-2 on aggregate to Madrid, after a 3-1 victory at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

After a stalemate in the first leg, Barcelona had an away goal and it was all to play for. The build up and expectations towards this game was spectacular, and the two players everyone was talking about were Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However it proved to be the latter that shone on the night with Ronaldo bagging a brace, including a penalty to bring shockwaves throughout the home crowd at the Nou Camp.

Currently in the Spanish top flight, Barcelona are 16 points ahead of Madrid, with much talk focused on the future of Madrid manager Jose Mourinho after some poor performances of late.

However, Barcelona, usually a somewhat invincible team have won just five from their last ten matches. To add to this, they have conceded at least one goal in their last 12 matches.

Such is the frequent amount of times that this tie takes place. Barcelona are in fact travelling to the Bernabeu on Saturday for the sixth El Clasico of the season where Mourinho will again be looking to play his normal, beautiful attacking supplement of play that has brought them to the Cup Final.

The debate will of course run on between Messi and Ronaldo. Tonight was Ronaldo’s and Madrid’s night, but there is no doubt that Lionel Messi, with his impeccable goal scoring rate for Barcelona puts him up there with the best.

Madrid, will of course be building up for a tasty encounter against Manchester United next week at Old Trafford, hoping to reach the latter stages of the Champions League. For Mourinho, the League chance has all but faded, but the possibility of two trophies to boot, will aid his cause for surviving in his current managerial post.