Take that, City
Quick thoughts on the Manchester derby:
–United’s midfield dominated the second half. After a lackluster first period, Anderson and Fletcher were possessed in the second. They alternated between providing needed steel on defense and keeping the offensive pressure on City’s defense. For the first 20 minutes of the second half, it seemed that the ball never left City’s half as either Fletch or Anderson retained possession every time City attempted to clear.
–Shay Given was tremendous. Normally, four in the net does not yield compliments for the keeper. But Given kept City in the match with two point blank saves on Berbatov and a third on a classic Giggs volley from the top of the area. Given probably should have come out on Fletcher’s second header, but he had no chance on Rooney’s opener or on Fletcher’s unmarked first and second headers.
–Ben Foster was the opposite of tremendous. Although he had no chance to save Bellamy’s wonder-strike, Foster was at fault for City’s first goal and he should have stood up longer and cut the angle on Bellamy’s break-away. In fact, I don’t know that Foster made a single save in the match.
–City missed Adebayor more than Robinho. Without Adebayor, City had no aerial presence and were unable to hold at the top. Bellamy –even aside from his two goals — ably provided Robinho’s pace and creativity.
–City are a top 4 team.
–Welcome to the derby, Michael Owen.