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22/09/2013 17:17, Report by Steve Bartram
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The Match: Reds beaten

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 | Report: City 4 United 1

Here’s our in-depth take on the champions’ chastening Manchester derby defeat...

The match One to forget. Quickly. Sergio Aguero’s opening goal was a marvellous finish which lifted the home side, but it was Yaya Toure's close range conversion on the stroke of half-time which did for United. A devastating opening to the second period yielded close-range volleys for the unmarked Aguero and Samir Nasri, before United were stung into life. Wayne Rooney fired over from close range, Marouane Fellaini brought a fine save from Joe Hart and Patrice Evra headed against the post, before Rooney finally beat Hart with a superb late free-kick. Sadly, it was too little, too late.

Goals It will be lost amid a chastening afternoon, but Rooney’s 25-yard free-kick compares favourably with any of his previous set-pieces for the club.

Subplot The absence of the injured Robin van Persie provided a glimpse of life without United’s top scorer, but that's not to provide an excuse as City’s display was clinical.

Star men There was a marked improvement in United’s all-round display after conceding the fourth goal, but Wayne Rooney gave a sustained display of the battling spirit required by the fixture, and his fine free-kick – which made him the highest goalscorer in Manchester derby history – perhaps salvaged the merest sliver of consolation from the afternoon.

Opposition City were impressive from the off, and used Aguero’s opening goal as a launchpad for a dominant display

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