Sergio Aguero gave up waiting for Michael Oliver to award a penalty and slammed home a half volley from a Gael Clichy cross to give Manchester City victory over Manchester United.
The Argentine’s 63rd minute strike put an end to United’s valiant efforts despite losing both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo and having to play Michael Carrick and the inexperienced Paddy McNair in central defence for much of the second half.
Rojo went off on a stretcher after suffering an unfortunate shoulder injury but United will be left ruing Smalling’s stupidity after the defender picked up two bookings in quick succession.
The first – where he attempted to charge down a clearance from City keeper Joe Hart – is sure to particularly irk Louis van Gaal and ultimately led to United’s downfall.
Smalling’s sending off was just about the only help City got from Oliver though, who turned down at least three strong looking appeals for penalties from the hosts.
But Aguero took matters into his own hands with just under half-an-hour remaining, getting on the end of a Clichy cross after good work by Yaya Toure to put City in front. The Citizens probably should have gone on to add to their lead after that but United held firm to ensure that the game finished wit the deficit at just one.
The result sees City ensure they didn’t fall further behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, who saw off QPR yesterday, while United stay ninth.
Source: Sunday Express