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What We Learned: Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City – Barclays Premier League

Absolutely brilliant performance today by Manchester United. Deserved winners and an extension of the scintillating form on show. Here is what we learned today.

Left Sided Loveliness

I’m unsure why everything was thrown down that side specifically, but I have a feeling the current destructive form of Ashley ‘Cristiano’ Young (that nickname is copy written by me) had something to do with it. He is absolutely on fire at the minute, two assists and a goal sum the man up at the minute, he can do absolutely no wrong. His Man of the Match is absolutely deserved and my shout for the Ballon d’Or looks more and more likely by each week. Daley Blind worried me first 10 minutes, Jesus Navas destroyed him for pace, but suddenly United started to subdue the Spaniard, and that is part of the reason it was 4-2 United and not City.

The Men Of The Moment Stood Up

Rather than single each one out, there is a group of Manchester United players that haven’t impressed in their careers, or been understated so far. Today the main quintet stood up and we’re counted. Each one of the them. Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia were all on the list for selling in the summer. The latter hasn’t been as consistent as the formers, but today Valencia defended and attacked like the Valencia of old. Juan Mata has been so undervalued by management so far this season, perhaps Louis van Gaal now regrets his decision to restrict the game time of the Spaniard (but nobody could predict the poor form of Angel Di Maria) but boy is he now being repaid for his rectification.

Finally comes Michael Carrick. So often he was underrated and unappreciated, but now if Carrick doesn’t show, United don’t show. When he went off, it was case and point. Carrick makes United tick and provides the driving force and ensures absolute control.

Conclusion 

This is another I am going to sum up earlier than normal. Form has swung, and all of a sudden van Gaal shouldn’t be sacked, and United aren’t beyond hope. Four points separate United and City, with a further eight to Liverpool before tomorrow nights game. Match that with being just one point behind Arsenal and eight behind Chelsea and the doom and gloom of eight weeks ago has long since faded. There is nothing more that I love than seeing red-faced doubters backtracking on their ‘Van Gaal out’ comments in January.

A couple of moments I do want to mention is the luck of Vincent Kompany to stay on the pitch, the blatant cheating by Martin Demichelis, and Niall Quinn claiming Financial Fair Play has stopped City from dominating (almost in tears) have all made me laugh and fume in equal measure.

Today was an unbelievable performance, and to pick players out that excelled or didn’t quite do as well is immensely difficult and unfair (another reason it has been short but sweet). Ashley Young does deserve all his recent plaudits as he has been magnificent. The real winner out of the staff is Louis van Gaal however. How smug he must be feeling. He told us all it would take time to click, and that it did, but now it has it is magic. Chelsea on Saturday won’t be easy, but do you know what? I’ve got that funny, warm feeling. Blue Moon rising? No chance.

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