Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 20 September 2009

Ferguson Beats Hughes as United Beat City

In the build up to the the Manchester derby, both Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester City manager Mark Hughes played their mind games, but it was Ferguson who got the last word in as Michael Owen's 96th minute winner secured United 3 points.

Manchester United started the brighter and took advantage of City who were in training mode in the opening kicks off the game, when Wayne Rooney slotted in after 2 minutes to give United the early head start. A Ben Foster mistake allowed City to equalise and City finished the first half as the better side, going into the dressing room 1-1.

United deserved the win in my opinion, even if it was a controversial one, with Michael Owen scoring in the 6th minute of stoppage time after the 4th offical had held up 4 minutes. Maybe that's my biast opinion, having tipped and backed United at half time to win this one. City were gifted 2 goals, the latter coming in the final minute that seemed to earn City a point when Craig Bellamy slotted in from a tight angle following Rio Ferdinand's lazy pass. United were dominant in the second half and always looked like taking the lead when at 2-2.

Alex Ferguson's decision to bring on Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen in the second half worked to great success, while Mark Hughes failed to change anything, despite Wayne Bridge struggling to handle United's attacks down the right and the partnership of Joleon Lescott and Kolo Toure in the centre weren't very impressive with dealing with United's attack.

I haven't heard or read any reactions from Mark Hughes yet, but he will undoubtedly have a moan at the referee. A man who came into this match confidently of upsetting the champions, showing some arrogance in a failing attempt to win the battle of words in the build up. This result will hurt him, but they have plenty of time to recover before their next Premier League game on Monday 28th September at home to West Ham. They host Fulham midweek in the Carling Cup.

Manchester United top the Premier League table on goals scored, if somewhat briefly as Chelsea will go back top if they avoid defeat at home to Tottenham in the 4pm kickoff this afternoon. United today showed the vulnerability of City's defence, but this game also showed the talent City possess going forward, scoring 3 times at Old Trafford without Emmanuel Adebayor, Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz. What difference would Adebayor have made one has to ask?

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At 20 September 2009 at 16:39 , Anonymous Crys said...

Oh Michael Owen! You da man for Man Utd! Man Utd 4 Man City 3


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