What a day for Manchester United. After a surprising news that Paul Scholes rejoins Man Utd as a player, they beat Manchester City 2-3 at the Etihad Stadium.
Before this game, much has been said that United are a force in decline and Rooney is leaving them because he sees them don’t match his ambitions anymore.
But Rooney shows on the pitch that all those reports are wrong as he put in a very committed display and scores two goals to bring first home defeat to Man City. He even kissed his Man Utd badge right after he scored the first goal to give a clear message that his future is with Manchester United.
Receiving the ball in the middle of the park, he played the ball wide to Antonio Valencia who whipped in a delicious cross to three United players in the box, but it was Rooney who jumped the highest and head in a wonderful goal that there was nothing Pantilimon could do about.
The talking point in this match will be the sending off of Man City captain, Vincent Kompany, as the Belgian defender tackled Nani with two feet, but there was a minimal of contact, so the red card actually brought disbelief to the audiences, let alone Roberto Mancini.
After his side being shrunk to ten men with a goal behind, City were looking disarray, and second goal from Welbeck put the home side in shock. Welbeck’s goal was an example of a soccer player’s athleticism, volleying a deflected ball into the far post, this goal could be in contention for the goal of the season.
Welbeck’s good play continued as he tortured Man City’s defense, and soon it resulted in a foul in the box, and Chris Foy gave a penalty to Man Utd which was converted well by Wayne Rooney to make it 3-0 to United.
Manchester City did not give up, after the break, they showed an awesome display, with Kolarov sent it a powerful free kick that Lindegaard failed to block, and Aguero followed up his great home form by scoring another goal from a rebound.
As great as City’s second half display, they still came up short against an organized United side.
Another talking point from this game will be the come back of Paul Scholes, who was applauded loud by the visiting fans. He did well in controlling the rhythm and prevent the total comeback from Manchester City.
Full Time; Man City 2-3 Man Utd
scorers: Wayne Rooney (2), Danny Welbeck – Kolarov, Sergio Aguero