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Guardian: Gulf in quality was startling

  • 26 March 2014 07:36
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Normally compiling the media round-up on the morning after a night game is perceived as the short straw for the MCFC content team.

Not this morning.

That’s because the world’s online and offline sports media is abuzz with different takes on City’s imperious exploits across town in the 167th Manchester derby.

Let’s begin with the Guardian’s chief football writer, Daniel Taylor, who was at Old Trafford to witness City’s 3-0 win.

Taylor calls the gulf in quality between the two sides “startling” and heaps praise on the Blues for “a performance of almost total superiority”.

“Manchester City were not just content with moving closer to Chelsea at the top of the Premier League,” the match report reads.

Manuel Pellegrini's team played as though determined to remind Manchester United of their new place in the pecking order and by the time they had finished, it had become another deeply chastening experience for their victims.

“Pellegrini's men started the game a team in a hurry. They moved the ball quickly, with invention and audacity. There was not a flicker of trepidation and that opening goal seemed to say so much about the deficiencies of the team in seventh position.

“It was a blur of speed and movement and, by the end of it, everyone inside Old Trafford already knew the night could quickly descend into yet another ordeal for the team City's away supporters mocked – expletives removed – as the "worst champions we've ever seen".”

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On a night of awe-inspiring performances from all in sky blue, David Silva was once again singled out for special praise on the strength of another mesmeric showing from the little magician.

David was named as Goal.com’s player of the match and was given this glowing report from the website’s Jay Jaffa.

“The Spaniard was everywhere - the hook between midfield and attack and a constant menace to Manchester United,” Jaffa reports.

“They couldn’t get near him. In fact it said more of their disorganised midfield that they couldn’t even foul Silva. Too much space, too much time.

“He may not have made it onto the scoresheet or registered an assist but it was frankly irrelevant.

“The damage he did just in front of Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand was felt time and again, constantly probing, persistently asking questions of a defence retreating in fear.

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“The United midfield couldn't pinpoint or stop him. Not in the first minute, not in the last. That was the biggest testament to this fine display.

“He drifted around Old Trafford like he owned it and was at the heart of all of City's best attacking moves with his touch, technique and vision.”

Finally, the Manchester Evening News couldn't choose between Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Silva or Edin Dzeko for their Man of the Match, awarding them all near-perfect 9/10s.

But let’s focus on the two-goal Bosnian, who scored one of the fastest Manchester derby goals of all-time to send the Blues on their way to glory after just 43 seconds.

His write-up by Mike Keegan reads: “Dzeko led the line superbly well and brought others in well before his neat volley finished it. One of his best performances in a blue shirt.”

Wonder how he’ll mark his 100th Premier League appearance for City at the Emirates on Saturday?


That’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s plenty of good reading and enjoyable watching out there, though I can promise you that nothing beats the free, extended match highlights here on mcfc.co.uk.

Why not give them a watch now? Your boss will surely understand*. 

*Unless… and if that’s the case, today might not be the best day to ask for a pay rise.

Just a bit of career advice for you there.

Have a good day, Blues… I’m sure you will. 

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