David Moyes’ predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, has overseen an incredible total of 45 Manchester derbies – a spell long enough to see their City rivals go through a staggering nineteen different managers – and in that time, Ferguson has won more than his fair share. The former Everton boss however, has struggled somewhat in his time when competing fierce derbies against local opposition, winning just three of his twenty Premiership fixtures against Liverpool.
Ryan Giggs – who currently holds the record for most Manchester derby appearances with 37 – was not named in the starting line-up or on the United bench, but the other surprising news following the announcement of the starting line-ups was that Robin van Persie – who scored 26 goals last season – was to miss out through injury.
This meant that the early betting was on another of last season’s most prolific goal-scorers proving decisive at the Etihad Stadium, and Sergio Aguero – who himself scored 23 goals last term made no mistake, grabbing the chance with both hands by plundering a brace either side of half-time.
All afternoon, Yaya Toure looked in a different class to United’s new signing Marouane Fellaini, and the only surprise when the Ivory Coast international doubled his side’s lead just before half-time – having been left unmarked at the far post to flick home Samir Nasri’s corner – was that the lead was still relatively slender.
Wayne Rooney’s late goal means that he is now the leading scorer in Manchester derbies with eleven strikes, and further consolation will come to Manchester United, however, with the news that – just like in this season – a hefty six of Manchester United’s thirteen Premier League titles have arrived despite winning just two of their opening five fixtures.
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