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Manchester United vs Manchester City report: Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young star as United thrash City in thriller

2015.04.13 04:30

Before his first defeat in a Manchester derby, Manuel Pellegrini admitted that in the space of a month Manchester City had “thrown our season in the garbage”. As the final whistle went it was time to sift through the trash and examine what, if anything, might be salvaged for next season.
This was their fourth defeat in five matches and, although losing beneath the steepling stands of Old Trafford should not logically carry the embarrassment of defeats at Turf Moor or Selhurst Park, it will have hurt more. Ever since Roberto Mancini’s side put six past Sir Alex Ferguson’s stunned, disintegrating team in October 2011, the colour of Manchester’s football has usually been blue. This was quite a payback.
As Pellegrini stood on the touchline, the City manager was assailed from every corner of Old Trafford by chants that he would be sacked in the morning. You would hope the achievement of steering City to the Premier League title last season would have earned a thoroughly decent and talented man more than 11 months.
However, you could have said the same of Carlo Ancelotti before he was taken out and fired in Goodison Park’s narrow, wood-panelled corridors the season after he delivered the Double to Chelsea in 2010. The coming weeks  will test how vicious City want to be.
Sergio Aguero (right) puts Manchester City ahead Sergio Aguero (right) puts Manchester City ahead It is, however, surely the beginning of the end of the praetorian guard Mancini assembled around him. The team Pellegrini sent out was essentially the one that had dominated this fixture for the past four seasons. Men like Yaya Touré, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva; men who deserve to be placed alongside the Bells and the Summerbees in City’s pantheon. For all except Silva, whose beautiful touch set up the first goal of an extraordinary afternoon, their time may be coming to an end.

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