Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

They Didn't K T K Now What Had Hit Them

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

They Didn't K T K Now What Had Hit Them

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FERNANDINHO did his team-mates a minor disservice this week when he innocently expressed his disbelief at how bad United were in the Etihad derby thrashing.

He was right, of course, but after the Blues repeated the dose with another one-sided derby demolition he will no doubt recognise City are just a little tasty!

They racked up their third consecutive derby win at Old Trafford, a feat not achieved since Joe Mercer's great team won five on the bounce from 1968 to 1972.

United simply had no idea what had hit them in the opening 15 minutes.

They might have got a clue had they looked on Twitter earlier in the day when Yaya Toure had tweeted: "I don't know about you but I am so ready for tonight's derby."

That was evident from the off, and the big Ivorian's enthusiasm was evidently shared by his teammates.

They ripped the Reds apart in the first minute - Yaya playing in David Silva, whose shot was blocked.

That was where we got the first glimpse of the control that Fernandinho gives City as he snapped up the rebound and instantly fed Samir Nasri.

When his shot hit the post, Edin Dzeko was first to react to tap the ball home. The Blues couldn't have wished for a better start.

City were pressing United, hounding them, forcing mistakes, and a team which has been beset by doubts this season wobbled and fuddled and almost fell on their face more than once.

The Blues were slicker, quicker, sharper, faster - superior in every department.

That Red fans' banner in the corner of the ground reading 'Not Arrogant, Just Better' should have been quietly stowed - or possibly re-sprayed in sky blue and sold on Ebay.

City's brisk, bewildering passing game reduced several United players to nervous wrecks and, as they quivered, the Blues stepped up the pressure.

Toure was all sweet touch and bustling urgency, Silva all pirouette and prompt - it is astonishing that Marouane Fellaini cost more money than both of them. …

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