The Manchester derby was not one for the history books but Manchester City got their second victory in a row at Old Trafford.

The derby was expected to be a great spectacle but it never really came to life even though there were three second half goals. 

The game ended with City getting a very good victory over their city rivals and fully deserved their victory. They played most of the match on the front foot and controlled the game, as they were very comfortable on their way to victory at Old Trafford.

However it was a bit surprising to see Sir Alex Ferguson selecting Ryan Giggs ahead of Tom Cleverley and also the inclusion of Ashley Young who has had a poor season ahead of Nani and Antonio Valencia. 

Nani is the only player of the three wingers to score in the current season and is the most threatening winger for the Red Devils despite not featuring much this season due to injuries. Young has not played well this season and with such a big game it was surprising he featured in the match.

Shinji Kagawa was another surprising omission as he sat on the bench. Kagawa hasn't featured much since his hat-trick against Norwich City which should have been the confidence boosts he needed. 

However, it is very difficult to perform well consistently if you're not playing regularly. Kagawa is the type of player who handles the ball really well and has great movement and vision that can trouble any defence.

Javier Hernandez must be wondering why he can't start in the big games. He is a player who is consistently on the score sheet but despite not scoring in nine games, Robin van Persie still remains the first choice. 

Hernandez may feel a bit unlucky because he brings a different dimension to the Red Devil's play. 

He will look to run in behind the defence and stretch the defence allowing Wayne Rooney to run into the space he creates. In big games it is important to make space and with the great movement and deadly finishing of Hernandez, the City defence would have to be constantly looking to pick him up which would allow more time on the ball for Rooney and the wingers.

Van Persie and Rooney are players who like to come deep for the ball so it doesn't create much space for either of them and the City defence had little to worry about.

The most shocking selection would no doubt be the omission of Tom Cleverley in favour of Ryan Giggs. Cleverley has been the best partner for Michael Carrick all season and so it was expected that he would have been given the nod. 

Cleverley has been in great form all season so his exclusion from the team may well have affected the balance of the team as his energy and work rate is needed in games like these. Giggs doesn't have the energy to fight and tussle for the ball in midfield with the likes of Yaya Toure so Cleverly or Anderson would surely have been the better option.

The title race may have been won but there is no doubt that Roberto Mancini has justified his statements that his City team is better than Manchester United. 


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