Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why We Can Learn from United ; Blues May Have Prospered in the Derby but Barry Believes the Champions Must Now Emulate the Reds' Ruthless Streak

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why We Can Learn from United ; Blues May Have Prospered in the Derby but Barry Believes the Champions Must Now Emulate the Reds' Ruthless Streak

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CITY'S stars enjoyed giving United a football lesson on Monday night. But with the euphoria of the Blues' 2-1 derby win starting to subside and the reality of the title situation seeping back in, Gareth Barry says it is now time to learn from the Reds.

Roberto Mancini's team achieved what they set out to do at Old Trafford, by trimming United's lead at the top to 12 points, proving that in a straight fight they are more than a match for their neighbours, and giving their supporters plenty to shout about.

The win also sends the Blues into Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, which Barry describes as feeling more like a final, in good heart.

Of course, the result at Old Trafford also ensured the hopes that some kind of United seizure, which would let the Blues back into the race, linger on a little longer.

But in their heart of hearts, City's players are intent on finishing this season as strongly as possible, winning the FA Cup and securing second place, without any real faith in miracles. And in the cold light of day, the analysis of a disappointing title race means examining where United got it right, as well as assessing where City went wrong.

"To win at Old Trafford two years in a row sets a good standard for our club, in the fact we can go there and not be frightened of a great club like United," said Barry, who played a key role in the derby win.

"But there are things we can learn from them - the fact is that they have consistently got results this year without playing well. We need to try to do that ourselves next year.

"There is some frustration that we haven't played like that more often. Even before the game kicked off, our players were thinking that we wished there was a little bit more at stake and the gap was a little bit closer.

"But we are where we are and we just had to go there and do a job.

"The manager had said that we were out to prove that the gap was not that big and our display showed that there isn't a lot in it, in terms of the two teams.

Desperate "But we have to learn from them.

As a club they have been relentless this year and have not dropped any points.

dropped any points.

"Their points total is massive for this stage of the season so fair "Their points total is massive for this stage of the season so fair play to them.

were desperate to get three points and we would have been disappointed to get anything else, even a draw. "It was great to give our fans, "The players in our dressing room were desperate to get three points and we would have been disappointed to get anything else, even a draw. "It was great to give our fans, who turned up in big numbers again, three points at Old Trafford for the second year running."

After the debacle at Everton and after getting key players Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero back, City are again hitting the kind of form which saw them stage a big finish to last season. …

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