Man City: If Kompany & Yaya Play Keep Playing Like That We'll Be Unstoppable
Nobody believes me that Shaun Wright-Phillips invented the robot.
Long before Peter Crouch started inspiring Sunday league players around the nation with his unorthodox celebrations for England, SWP pulled out the robotics after scoring an exquisite final goal to cap of a 4-1 victory against Manchester United. That game was the first ever Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium and this season marks ten years since City moved into their new home from Maine Road. It has been a decade littered with as much turbulence as triumph for us City fans, that much is well documented (much more so than Shaun Wright-Phillips’ dance credentials, by the way). Whilst the debate about who invented the robot rumbles on, there is no one in football debating who deserved this 4-1 win ten years after the last. Manchester City were imperious.
Hark! Now hear the City sing
United run away
And we will fight forever more
Because of Derby Day
City fans have been singing that ditty to the tune of Bony M’s ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ for years, even when we were losing away to Lincoln in the old second division, but never more have the lyrics been so apt. We properly took the old enemy to town on Sunday.
It has been proved that Sergio Aguero is the man for a big occasion and he was sensational throughout. The little Argentine grabbed his 50th and 51st City goals with a duo of volleys either side of half time after good work from Kolarov and Negredo respectively. It is more than just his goals that make him such a fan favourite, his work rate and strength are phenomenal and against the comparative giants of Vidic, Smalling, Ferdinand and Fellaini his performance was reminiscent of Michael Jordan’s at the end of Space Jam when his skill and endeavour ties the Monstars up in knots!
Yaya Toure got the second goal and he too was superb, his first half performance being described by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher as “looking like an international playing against the under 16s”. For me, though, it was City’s Captain Fantastic who was Man of the Match.
Oh Vincent Kompany – if he plays like that in Brazil next summer, Belgium will win the World Cup, he was that good. It was one of the best performances from a central defender I can ever recall seeing in the Premier League, not only in his own area but in attack where he demonstrated his all-round class by starting the move for City’s fourth. After robbing Ashley Young on the edge of the box he fed the ball to Jesus Navas and sprinted 95 yards distracting the centre backs to leave Nasri free at the back post to convert Navas’ fine cross. Rarely do you see a player defend so relentlessly on the front foot but still dominate the like of Wayne Rooney; he rattled him that much that the England striker’s LeBron James-style protective headwear came flying off more than once.
Rooney always seems to score against City but his excellent free kick was the only thing United fans had to smile about as he became the all time top scorer in Manchester derbies with his 11th goal against the Sky Blues.
United caught City on a very good day, people may look at their performance and point to the fact Robin Van Persie was missing for the visitors with a groin strain but City were without arguably their most influential player too with David Silva injured. In truth United weren’t awful but everyone in sky blue was fighting because of derby day; Nasri looks like a new player, Fernandinho nullified Carrick in midfield, Negredo clinched two top rate assists and Zabaleta continues to make it hard to find a better right-back in the league.
Let us not forget, however, that we are talking about Manchester City here and if the last ten years are anything to go by we will probably lose at home to Wigan in the League Cup on Tuesday night. But until we are brought down to earth again with a bump, we are the kings of Manchester and we’ll all be doing our own version of the Shaun Wright-Phillips robot dance for the next few days at least.
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