Don’t look back in anger: A Manchester derby live blog
0740: Five minutes before kickoff. Out of bed, coffee brewing and ready to watch a little football. Absolutely huge match for City today at Old Trafford. The Budweiser ad with the Los Campisenos “You! Me! Dancing!” has already been on twice, and it’s an excellent one to get you up and moving early.
0745: Game on, predictably, even though the sides are playing similar formations, City are being called negative while United are being praised for attempting to dominate midfield.
0749: David Silva! Nooooo….Should have been 1-0 City.
0757: Great pressure so far from Micah Richards and David Silva. If City score it looks like it will come attacking Evra at left back. Ryan Giggs looks most threatening for United, which is amazing since he’s 97 years old.
0801: Another fantastic move by Silva to Yaya Toure leads to a City corner which comes to nothing. Love to watch Silva pass, he’s the Spanish/Japanese equivalent of Larry Bird.
0803: Vincent Kompany brings down Wayne Rooney, who amazingly does not spill his pint when upended. That’s the sign of an experienced hooligan.
0810: Paul Scholes with a nice midfield intervention for United. I’m sure they are pleased that he’s done playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films and can concentrate on football full time.
0820: Another bull-like run from Carlos Tevez snuffed out at the edge of the box, for about the third time today. He looks just off a bit so far.
0827: Gah, there’s that man Ryan Giggs. A fantastic ball to send Nani free against Pablo Zabaleta, and it’s 1-0 Evil Empire.
0834: HT Frustrating first half for City. Silva and Toure have been the two best players on the pitch, but City haven’t scored goals when the chances presented themselves. All credit to United for a well executed goal. City need more from Carlos Tevez and it seems only a matter of time until we see Edin Dzeko (?)
0852: Best move of the match so far from Tevez kicks off the second half. City seem to be preparing a substitute to come on, but it’s Shaun Wright Phillips? Why? Why? Why?
0854: Wright Phillips does come on in place of Kolarov for City, as the blue half of Manchester scratches its collective head.
0902: Dzeko does comes on finally, in place of the apparently injured James Milner. Game on now.
0908: Edin Dezko scores! Looks like it might have taken a deflection, but that’s got to be Dzeko’s goal. 1-1, and the Bosnian becomes an immediate City legend.
0910: Ron Weasley into the book for a clumsy challenge, and Silva gets in a good ball on the free kick, but City are ruled offsides. That goal was indeed credited to David Silva, not Dzeko, and on the replay it seems that Wright Phillips sent in a pretty nice ball to set up the goal. The lesson, as always, is that I’m an idiot. City piling forward now looking for goal #2 as a rousing chorus of Blue Moon goes up from the visiting fans. Come on, lads!
0914: SWP just got in Tevez’s way to disrupt a promising move in the City box, so apparently I’m not as much of an idiot as I first thought. Berbatov on for United now and the game has really opened up with both teams employing two out and out strikers.
0916: Vincent Kompany has been brilliant in defense for City all game, but Nani just left him dead or alive with a move that left Kompany spinning right round baby right round like a record baby right round before blazing over the bar.
0921: Are you kidding me? Who woke Wayne Rooney up? Rooney with the best goal in the Premier League this season, an over the head bicycle kick that you normally only see on in a video game. All of England wonders where this Wayne Rooney disappears to when he puts in an England shirt. Unbelievable. 2-1 United, but this game feels like it has another goal in it.
0928: SWP wins a corner, come on City….aaaaaaand nothing comes of it.
0933: A couple of nice plays from United keeper van der Sar to deny City pressure, one of which was to be awarded a penalty for having a City player jump near him. We’re now into 4 minutes of “Fergie Time” at Old Trafford. And you can bet if United stays ahead it won’t be a second more.
0938: I was wrong, there was 4:07 of ET. And you know Sir Alex PurpleNose will look to have the match official fired for that impertinence. City probably deserved better, but fair play to United, they won based on two moments of absolute quality, especially Rooney’s sensational goal. Seriously, I’m happy that I can say I saw that goal live, it was that good.