Manchester derbies are always exciting, but when a trophy is on offer; in the form of the Carling Cup then that excitement turns into euphoria. The two Manchester’s have been talked about almost as much as Liverpool and Portsmouth this season but it’s the blue of City who are beating their red neighbours in grabbing all the plaudits and headlines, and last night they once again were basking in that glory after beating United 2-1 at the City of Manchester Stadium.
As a Manchester United fan I have always said Fergie would regret his decision to not sign up Carlos Tevez at the end of last season, and last night the Argentine showed United exactly what they missed out on.
Going into the game Tevez had scored 11 goals in 10 appearances but with two goals he now ups that tally to 13 goals in 11 appearances; this is why I have always been an admirer of Tevez since he came to the Premier League because he is a grafter; pure and simple, not only that, he scores when you need it.
I fully backed him when he signed for City and still do. He made a big decision to go to our neighbours but he is proving to be a big hit with the fans there because when he goes out on the field he always gives one hundred percent; certainly the polar opposite of a certain Brazilian.
It was Manchester United who took the lead after 17 minutes with Ryan Giggs scoring his first goal against City since 1996. An Antonia Valencia cross was knocked against the City goalkeeper Shay Given by Wayne Rooney, before the Welshman lined
subsequent rebound and knocked it in the back of the net.
The equaliser City came in somewhat controversial circumstances, after United defender Rafael da Silva began pulling Craig Bellamy’s jersey as he ran into the penalty area he maintained this grip until Bellamy tumbled to the ground inside the box. It very similar to the penalty City conceded against Everton on Saturday, as they say, revenge is sweet.
There was only one man to take the penalty and that was the former Red Devil, Tevez, who blasted the ball into the top of Edwin Van der Sar’s net. The Argentine was also on hand to score the second goal in the 65th. Bellamy’s corner was crossed to the box before being heading down by Pablo Zabaleta who headed it on to Vincent Kompany lobbed the ball forward for Tevez to nod it into the back of the net.
Is a shift in power coming in Manchester? Not just yet. City are beginning to get the results to back up the money that has been spent, but still have a long way to go to be as successful as United. However, United are pale shadow of the team that has won three consecutive Premier League titles.
City’s drought of 34 years without a trophy could be soon about to end because going to Old Trafford they are taking with them a 2-1 lead, albeit United have an away goal. Are City a small club with a small mentality now Sir Alex? The answer is no.