Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Match Day Commentary

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The biggest game of the year in the English Premier League kicks off this afternoon with first-place Manchester United taking on arch-rival Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (3pm, ESPN).

United enters the match with a three-point lead over City, but the Citizens can jump into first place with a victory. United's recent slip-ups have let City back in the race, and the return to the starting lineup of Carlos Tevez has provided City with a major boost in the stretch run.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's big match so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

 

 

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49 Responses to Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Match Day Commentary

  1. Dimidri says:

    Obviously not as important, but Sporting Lisbon has a HUGE game today that could give them a truly improbable Champions League slot. They’re 6 points back of Braga with a game in hand(today) and a game against Braga on the last day of the season. They were something like 15+ points back of 3rd a month and a half ago.

    Even better, despite the fact Braga has a +9 GD, the tiebreaker in Portugal appears to be head to head then head to head goal differential then head to head away goals so if SCP win today and maintain the -3 point difference going into the last game, they would only need a 1-0 win or a multigoal win to qualify for the CL. Tough game against Porto though next week.

  2. Illmatic74 says:

    I have a bad feeling about this game with Park and Giggs starting today.

  3. Polo says:

    That’s just a really bad decision from the official. It wasn’t a yellow card to boot, and now it forces City’s best defensive player to play cautiously now.

  4. Polo says:

    Did the official really just tell City players that they can’t touch Rooney? I cannot believe I just saw that.

  5. Polo says:

    Lol how do you leave Kompany unmarked on a corner? He’s huge.

  6. Felix says:

    Even though City has the lead at halftime and could win this game. Their last two games away at Newcastle and a fighting for their life QPR. City have a lot of work to do if they go on to win this match.

  7. Alex G says:

    great GO CITY

  8. Mig22 says:

    Nice corner. And the announcers always seem to think it is some egregious mistake by the defense when a team scores on a corner. That was a great, sharp delivery and Kompany found the seam. The ball cleared the defender by about 4 inches. What could they have done?

    Good stuff.

  9. Mig22 says:

    This is a tactical coming of age for Mancini. I have always thought he was capable and has coached some great squads well, but today is different.

    He has clearly set up the team to focus on the wings and this avoids the ‘Barca/Arsenal problem’ of attacks dying on a wall in the center of defense. It has been the perfect attack so far to go after a somewhat bunkering ManU.

  10. Mig22 says:

    That doesn’t mean I think this is over, at all. We’ll see how City adjust to Sir Alex’s sub and switch to (presumably) 4-4-2

  11. Mig22 says:

    de Jong comin on. Leg breakin time.

  12. Polo says:

    Oh man, here it goes. Mancini is going defensive. This never ends well.

  13. Polo says:

    Shockingly it’s a United player that almost breaks a leg.

    Nasty, nasty tackle.

  14. Mig22 says:

    This has been a very clean game. Kind of refreshing.

  15. Mig22 says:

    that was an ugly one.

  16. Mig22 says:

    I don’t think you can say it’s all defense yet. We’ll see what the second sub is. :)

  17. Polo says:

    Yaya Toure might have the hardest shot I’ve ever seen. He just barely moves his leg and uncorks a rocket.

  18. Mig22 says:

    OH It’s fine when Shrek and Scholes cry for cards, but Toure does and ‘We don’t need that’, say the announcers.

  19. Polo says:

    Danny Welbeck ignores the ball and intentionally runs right across a tackle to get fouled.

    Sir Alex has a go at Mancini. And I mean physically, the staff had to separate them.

  20. Mig22 says:

    Hell, de Jong didn’t even deserve a card (surprisingly)

  21. Polo says:

    Yeah I loved that. Rooney and Scholes cry for cards more than anyone I can think of in the EPL.

  22. Polo says:

    United starting to do their whining and cheap shot routine. And this is why nobody likes them.

  23. Mig22 says:

    NOW Mancini has gone all D. :)

  24. Polo says:

    Mig22:

    Micah Richards for David Silva. I think we have our answer.

  25. Mig22 says:

    United needs dive to get a Penalty, Ashley Young comes on.

  26. Polo says:

    And the crap continues. Phil Jones just tackles Nasri, and gives up a free kick.

    He then proceeds to look directly at the official and yells “F*** You!”

    And the referee does nothing.

  27. Mig22 says:

    5 minutes Criminal.

  28. Polo says:

    Wow Nasri could have just lost the title for City if United manages to equalize.

    Has the ball with nobody on in, 4 yards out. And instead of just kicking it in he tries to dribble through guys running from the side.

  29. Polo says:

    Haha and if you need more questions about officials trying to save United, 5 minutes extra time in a half with no injuries and no goals.

  30. Polo says:

    Word. That is absolutely ridiculous. Clearly an attempt to give United time to get back into it. 0 goals and 0 injuries in the half? So pathetic.

  31. Francois says:

    +100000. I know i’ve given you a hard time in the past, but you’ve been spot on this thread. Cheers, and happy days because United don’t benefit from their cheating and whining.

  32. Mig22 says:

    Ok, I’ll say that MOTM is quite difficult. VK had the goal but Kun, Nasri, Zabaleta, and (!) Barry have been amazing.

  33. Polo says:

    Hey man, we can’t always agree on everything. Where’s the fun in that? :D

    Cheers!

  34. Polo says:

    It’s Kompany or Yaya for me. Yaya is the energizer bunny. He’s more athletic than LeBron.

  35. Jeremy says:

    Classic United garbage at the end. 5 mins of extra time? For what? Rooney flopped in the 1st half to get Kompany booked. Wasn’t he just whining last week about Drogba flopping?

  36. predicto says:

    Historic game, maybe, but I thought it was boring. Probably wouldn’t if I was invested in one side or the other.

  37. Illmatic74 says:

    That game was predictable. I knew it would turn out like that as soon as I saw Giggs and Park starting. Giggs and Park have done well in big games for United but, they shouldn’t be starting big games next season.When they are starting against elite teams we are ceding the possession battle.

  38. Illmatic74 says:

    Barry was outstanding the most under appreciated English player.

  39. Dimidri says:

    Won 2-1. 3 points back of Braga with 2 to go-@ Porto on Saturday. Braga playing 11th place team out of 16.

  40. GW says:

    Really?

    Every really good team that has ever played has been solid defensively.

  41. GW says:

    Which is why no one notices any more.

    It’s like one the boy who cried wolf or the fact that Tom Brady expects a flag every time someone breathes on him. Who cares?

  42. GW says:

    Not really. All those big teams are like that.

    United is like Goliath and no one loves Goliath.

  43. GW says:

    City 53 % vs United 47% possesion.

  44. beachbum says:

    YaYa MOTM. vacuums up so many balls, releases players, dangerous runs, constant motion

    huge game today

  45. Mig22 says:

    comfy with Yaya, definitely.

  46. Justin Sayin says:

    Shockingly?

    Stuart Holden disagrees.

  47. Illmatic74 says:

    Yeah but before Tevez came off for De Jong is was around 60% for City.

  48. Mig22 says:

    I don’t think that the possession difference (I agree with your 60% Illmatic) had as much to do with personnel as assignments. United was gonna bunker and try to steal a goal and SAF put the team out there he thought would do that best.

    I’m happy that it didn’t work out for him but their lack of possession wasn’t due to any failings of Park or Giggs but instead due to the roles assigned to them.

    Cheers!