Manchester City broke their record that had stood for 99 years on Tuesday night by securing a commendable shut-out at Old Trafford. City secured their fifth successive clean sheet in the Premier League as they gained ground on their title rivals. With talk this week linking Joe Hart with Real Madrid, the England international will only have added to his value as he and Vincent Kompany led the City defence well.
Another notable feature stemming from Tuesday night is the fact that City have now won their last three Manchester derbies. Manuel Pellegrini made a tongue-in-cheek comment earlier this season when he claimed that the blue side of Manchester is the only club in the city at present. And the Chilean’s words aren’t far from the truth on current form. Their dominant display will strike fear into the United supporters, who will be dreading the inevitable failures to come.
David Silva was the conductor of the City orchestra at Old Trafford. The Spain international is in the form of his life at present and his combination play with Yaya Toure in the middle of the park is awe-inspiring to say the least. His diminutive runs and pinpoint passing bamboozled the opposition and he looks at home in a City side that look very much in the chase for their second title in three years.
Another anonymous performance for the bewildered Juan Mata will have left David Moyes scratching his head. Splashing a record transfer fee was very much a signal of intent in what is threatening to become one of the worst pieces of business of the January transfer window. The £37.1m man’s performance against City, and in recent weeks, couldn’t be more contrasting to his fellow countryman and former team-mate at Valencia, Silva. One of these men will be making the Spanish World Cup squad and it won’t be the Red Devils’s pretender.
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