Wednesday 23 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Manchester City earned the local bragging rights with a clinical and record-breaking display as they crushed Manchester United at Old Trafford to increase their lead at the top of the table over their local rivals to five points.
"It is important for our confidence because it isn't easy to come here and beat United"
There was no sign of what to come at half-time as Man City went in only 1-0 up after Mario Balotelli had neatly tucked away David Silva's pass.
Two minutes into the second half, however, United defender Jonny Evans was sent off after fouling Balotelli, who then doubled the lead on the hour mark from close range after James Milner’s cross.
Milner was also involved in the third goal nine minutes later as he set free Micah Richards, whose cross was tapped in by Sergio Aguero. By now City were rampant and substitute Edin Dzeko twice came close before Darren Fletcher pulled one back for United with a shot from 20 yards in the 81st minute.
With the hosts chasing the match an extraordinary ending ensued as Roberto Mancini’s charges scored three further goals. Joleon Lescott set up Dzeko to make it 4-1 in the 90th minute before David Silva scored from close range in stoppage time and then found Dzeko, who tucked in his second.
It was the first time City had scored six in a Manchester derby and was United’s heaviest defeat in the Barclays Premier League.
"It is important for our confidence because it isn't easy to come here and beat United," said Mancini. "I have more respect for United now because after the sending off they continued to play to try and score I think this is an incredible mentality. If we want to improve and to arrive at the top like them, we should improve in this mentality."
City did arrive at the top, eventually winning the 2011/12 title in the closest finish to a Barclays Premier League season, by pipping United on the final day on goal difference with a last-gasp win over Queens Park Rangers.