RVP provides biblical winner to commemorate tempestuous Manchester derby
The tempestuous finale that has become the spirit of derby games ensued between Manchester United and Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. The stakes were sky-high as both teams would acquire a huge edge from a victory. Manchester City were in search for a late winner to remind Manchester United of last season’s Premier League title victory, but it appears fate is not without a sense of irony.
For some it was a cantankerous derby once again. However, questionable moments are after all one of the reasons for intensity and excitement in a derby. From Robin van Persie’s winner on a deflected free kick to the missile-coin from Manchester City crowd which caused a bloody laceration to Rio Ferdinand’s head, the Manchester derby once again lived up to its hype.
Manchester City were dim in the attack, although they continued to assault at Manchester United’s defenses till the end of the game. On the other hand, Manchester United created seldom chances to score, but they managed to put the ball in when it mattered.
The 3-2 victory to Manchester United ended the war of words between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini… at least for now, but legendary Manchester United gaffer didn’t refrain from reminding his opponents that this was one of his biggest victories in his 26 years with the Red Devils.
On the other hand, Roberto Mancini rued over the chances his men wasted in the game. The Italian declared that his side didn’t deserve to lose to Manchester United, a defeat which also ended Manchester City’s two-year long unbeaten run at home.
Manchester City came back from two goals down in second half thanks to goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta after Wayne Rooney’s first half brace. Robin van Persie delivered victory at death for Manchester United on free kick that got deflected to end up on the far post.
Roberto Mancini and accepted defeat, but the Eastlands boss believes his side were quite ‘unlucky’. Roberto Mancini believes the Premier League champions didn’t deserve to lose against Manchester United.
“This is football, we were unlucky in the last second. We played better, we didn't deserve to lose,” Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports News after the game. “For 20 minutes they didn't touch the ball, they shot three times and they scored three goals. I think that a game shouldn't finish like this.”
“When it was 2-0 we had chance after chance but we were unlucky. We played, they won, but also we showed we are better as a team. We are disappointed but it is because we lost a game we didn't deserve to lose. I can say that I am happy for our performance.”