Sunday, November 2, 2014

Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United: Aguero wins derby after foolish Smalling red

Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United: Aguero wins derby after foolish Smalling red

Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United: Aguero wins derby after foolish Smalling red

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The Argentina forward grabbed his 10th league goal of the campaign as the Blues moved back to within six points of leaders Chelsea
Champions Manchester City continued their recent derby dominance with a 1-0 Premier League win over 10-man Manchester United on Sunday.

Aided by Chris Smalling's sending off during a goalless opening period at the Etihad Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini's men took control after the interval as Sergio Aguero grabbed the decisive goal, his 10th in the league this season.

The Argentina striker's effort condemned United to a fourth successive league loss to their rivals for the first time since 1970 and ensured Louis van Gaal was defeated in his maiden all-Manchester clash.

Anticipation was high as City attempted to end a three-game winless run in all competitions and their hopes were raised towards the end of a breathless first half, with Smalling given his marching orders after picking up two stupid yellow cards.

That, combined with centre-back partner Marcos Rojo being withdrawn through injury in the 56th minute, proved crucial as the hosts took the points.

City, already without star man David Silva, were dealt another blow when Aleksandar Kolarov limped off in the warm-up, with Gael Clichy coming into the XI.

United had full-back issues of their own after Rafael da Silva picked up a knock in training to leave Antonio Valencia in an unfamiliar role.

Valencia was immediately tested, too, beaten by Aguero - who subsequently forced a first save from David de Gea.

But United responded quickly, Adnan Januzaj volleying just wide after being teed up by Robin van Persie's cushioned header.

The visitors continued to look threatening, with the likes of Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney - back from suspension - buzzing around in dangerous areas.

Yet the game then took on an end-to-end nature, with De Gea making world-class saves to deny Jesus Navas and Aguero in quick succession.

A decisive moment came in the 38th minute, however, when Smalling - who had already picked up a cheap yellow card for impeding Joe Hart as the City goalkeeper attempted to punt downfield - flew into an ill-judged challenge on James Milner.

The first-half drama did not stop there, with City twice seeing loud penalty appeals turned down following challenges from Marouane Fellaini and Rojo.

City were unsurprisingly positive at the start of the second period, epitomised by Pablo Zabaleta finding himself in the United box to volley over.

Van Gaal's woes were added to as injury forced Rojo off, leaving United to field a makeshift back four featuring Valencia, Michael Carrick and youngster Paddy McNair.

And soon after being denied another penalty, Aguero gave City a 63rd-minute lead by coolly side-footing home Clichy's pull-back after Yaya Toure had freed the left-back.

Fellaini twice went close from set-pieces and Toure missed two golden chances, curling wide and heading over.

But City, who remain third in the table, held on to claim the points and leave United just inside the top 10.


Robben has no sympathy for Dortmund

The winger is unconcerned by the struggles of Jurgen Klopp's side after hammering another nail into their coffin on Saturday
Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich do not have any sympathy for Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga struggles.
The winger scored an 85th-minute penalty as Bayern came from behind to defeat Dortmund 2-1 in Saturday's Der Klassiker at the Allianz Arena.
The result was Dortmund's fifth consecutive league defeat and saw them slip into the Bundesliga's relegation play-off spot, with Robben more than happy to see BVB's nightmare continue.
"I don't think they'd have any sympathy for us [if the situation was the other way around]," he said. 
"We don't need to sympathise with them, they're a top team despite their league position. I have no doubt they'll work their way back up the table." 
Robben's penalty secured the comeback after Robert Lewandowski scored against his former side to cancel out Marco Reus' opener, but centre-back Jerome Boateng believes Bayern should have had a more comfortable margin of victory.
"Overall we played well, but we didn't make the most of our chances," he said. "We should have scored more goals.
"At half-time we agreed we'd set out our stall higher up the field than in the first half.
"Dortmund are very good opponents but all in all we can be pleased with the team performance, especially in the second half."


Smalling was stupid - Van Gaal

Smalling was stupid - Van Gaal

Smalling was stupid - Van Gaal

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The defender was sent off for two needless bookings in the first half and incurred the wrath of his manager after the game
Louis van Gaal slammed Chris Smalling and labelled him "stupid" after he was given a red card for two bookable offences in the first half of Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
The England international, who started the game at right-back, picked up his first caution for needlessly charging down Joe Hart's goal-kick before hacking down James Milner before half-time.
That meant United had to play the remaining 52 minutes with 10 men and a makeshift back four of Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw after Marcus Rojo also exited the game after dislocating his shoulder.
Sergio Aguero ultimately made the extra man count by firing home a 63rd minute winner for City, though United did at least display an admirable spirit in the second period and could even have snatched a point, with Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria and Fellaini all going close.
After the game, Van Gaal spoke of his anger at Smalling and said the defender was guilty of failing to control his aggression, while hinting he had had words with the 24-year-old.
"In a derby you have to be careful - the second yellow card is a stupid yellow card," Van Gaal told BBC Sport.
"The sending off is not one of those things. As a player you have to control your aggression. I didn't see the first yellow but with the second, you know you already have a yellow, so have to handle it differently. I said that to the players."
The result means United have picked up just 13 points from the first 10 Premier League games of the season, but Van Gaal is convinced his side are just as good as City and Chelsea after facing both in the space of seven days.
"We are very close. You saw it against Chelsea and now against Manchester City. They are the two best clubs in this league and the difference is zero I think."
Next up for United is a clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday as they look to close the four-point gap between themselves and the top four.


Premier League - Aguero strike seals City win over 10-man United

Manchester City endured a nervy final 15 minutes before completing a 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester United courtesy of Sergio Aguero's clinical finish at the Etihad Stadium.

Premier League - Aguero strike seals City win over 10-man United
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Sergio Aguero of Manchester City is mobbed by team mates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United

Aguero handed City a fourth successive win over their Manchester rivals when he drove the ball beyond David de Gea from Gael Clichy's delighful cutback on 63 minutes.

Van Gaal: Manchester City still not on United's level

The Etihad Stadium outfit have won two of the last three Premier League titles but the Dutchman says that the Red Devils remain the bigger club
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has claimed that Manchester City are still not on the same level as the Old Trafford outfit.
The two sides have won the last three Premier League titles between them, with City triumphing in 2012 and 2014, either side of the Red Devils' historic 20th championship in what was Sir Alex Ferguson's final season at the helm.
Aleksandar Kolarov claimed earlier in the week that City have been "superior" to their cross-town rivals for past "five or six years" now - but Van Gaal has now hit back, arguing that City remain the smaller club.
“Abroad we have more fans and followers on social media," the United boss told reporters on Saturday.
"Also Bayern Munich is the biggest club of Germany. The same thing for Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain.
"It [would take] a long time for Manchester City to reach that level.”
Van Gaal also rubbished the suggestion that a United victory at the Etihad Stadium would somehow be diminished by the fact that City with will be without key midfielder David Silva, who has been ruled out of action for at least four weeks with knee ligament damage.
“We are used to having injured players because we have [had] seven players injured all season," the former Netherlands boss countered.
"So what can I say? They have one player injured and they are out of the match?
“We have also had [Wayne] Rooney away for three matches. He is my captain; he is also a playmaker; he can score.
"I haven’t mentioned that, not in any interview. It is no excuse.”
City currently third in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea, but four ahead of United.


Premier League - Manchester derby preview: Rooney’s back to prove a point

Team news, match facts, manager quotes and fantasy pick for the Premier League game between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium.

Premier League - Manchester derby preview: Rooney’s back to prove a point
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Wayne Rooney is sent off against West Ham (AFP)

What are you made of, Wayne Rooney?
After coming in for fierce criticism for a string of below-par performances, the United skipper returns to the side following suspension with a massive point to prove. The morale-boosting draw againstChelsea suggested United are finally clicking underLouis van Gaal and we’re sure to have an even stronger indicator as to their season prospects come full-time on Sunday.
Anyone predicting an upset though should heed this ominous statistic: Manchester City have won five of the last six Manchester derbies in the Premier League by a mammoth 18-6 aggregate score. Yes, City’s topsy-turvy form hands their neighbours a real chance of grabbing something, but it still promises to be a rocky 90 minutes for the red contingent of Manchester.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday's derby against Manchester United in the Premier League after being ruled out for around three weeks with a knee injury. Fellow midfielderYaya Toure is expected to feature despite being withdrawn during Wednesday's Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle amid concerns about a groin problem. Former England midfielder Frank Lampardis still expected to be absent with a thigh injury but playmaker Samir Nasri appeared to make a successful return in midweek from groin surgery.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is available after serving a three-match suspension. Striker Radamel Falcao (leg) and defensive trio Phil Jones (shin), Jonny Evans (foot) and Paddy McNair (hamstring) are out. Midfielder Jesse Lingard (knee) remains sidelined, but Antonio Valenciais available after recovering from a hamstring problem.
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Wayne Rooney bicycle kick
Louis van Gaal: "I have heard that also he [Rooney] has scored a lot of goals against Manchester City, the most of any player. I said that to him to stimulate him but he doesn't need that. I am very happy that he can play again and he shall play. Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible. But he was never injured and he shall play. He is my captain."

Manuel Pellegrini: "I think that we can play faster than we are doing. But still, I remember the games against the Newcastle and West Ham, the best player was their goalkeeper. If I think back to a year ago, I was answering the same questions. When we didn't win away for the first six games -- it was the same questions I just answered now. I will continue to play the same way."
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both scored four goals in five Barclays Premier League appearances against Manchester United.
Manchester City have won five and lost just one of the last six Premier League Manchester derbies.
Yaya Toure has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances against Man Utd.
Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium, including three in his last two games there.
Rooney is the top scorer in Manchester derbies, both overall and in the Premier League – 11 in all comps and eight in the Premier League.
Man City have won the last three Manchester derbies in the Premier League. They have not won four in a row in the league since December 1970.
Since he made his Premier League debut in August 2010, no player has assisted as many goals (41) or created as many goalscoring chances (389) as David Silva.
Despite being only nine games in to the Premier League season, David De Gea is the only Man Utd player to have appeared in all nine matches so far this season.
Since the beginning of last season, Edin Dzeko is the only Premier League player to have scored at least four goals with his head, his left foot and his right foot.
Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season, gaining just 13 points from their opening nine games. Last season under David Moyes, they had 14 points.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): Who else? Scored four on his last Premier League outing at the Etihad and faces a United defence incapable of keeping it tight. Put simply: the Argentine is a sure bet for a windfall of fantasy points.
Man City 10/11, Draw 11/4, Man United 10/3