WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

09/04/2013 09:45

Papers: City's hollow win

Jeremy Cross writes in The Daily Star...

Mancini only has himself to blame
Will a derby win at Old Trafford ever feel so hollow for Manchester City? You could sense what this win meant to the Blues when Sergio Aguero scored what proved to be the winner in the 79th minute. The last time Aguero struck the killer blow to sink Manchester United it was greeted with total pandemonium. That's because it meant something, of course. It won the Blues the Premier League title with the last kick of last season and was like a dagger through the heart of Sir Alex Ferguson and his team. Aguero's latest goal, to settle last night's meaningless clash of these Manchester neighbours counted for nothing so significant, however. It won his side three points and some pride back. Nothing more. Hence the muted celebrations at Old Trafford, where the irony of Aguero's winner was not lost on anyone who witnessed it. United's lead now stands at 12 points with seven league games to play. The defeat will sting Fergie and his men but not stop them from completing their mission of landing a record 20th league title. United lost the battle, but will win the war.

There's plenty of post-match derby reaction, of course, including Oliver Holt in The Mirror who says last night's game counts for nothing. "United have not just grabbed the title back this season," he says. "They have annihilated the opposition. This season has not been a close race. It has been reduced to an exercise in seeing how many records United can set."

Elsewhere, there are also column inches devoted to United's new deal with Aon, with The Independent detailing the club's commerical strategy in recent years and claiming it's another area where Manchester City still lag behind. "Aon’s willingness to strike a new deal with United, which also makes it sponsor of the training kit and gives it branding on tours abroad, sets the club on track towards the €500m (£425m) annual revenue figure which Real Madrid became the first sports club to burst through, last year."

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