Sergio Aguero scored twice in the Manchester derby as City thumped United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Man of the match Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri completed the scoring, as Manuel Pellegrini’s men ran riot and soared into third place in the Premier League.
Wayne Rooney scored a brilliant consolation free-kick five minutes from time to become the top scorer in the history of the derby with 11 – providing the only positive to the performance of David Moyes’ side.
It was the first experience of the derby for both managers and Pellegrini enjoyed a far happier baptism as his men dominated the contest and became the first of the title contenders to really lay down a marker this season.
He made only one change to the team that won 3-0 at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, with Alvaro Negredo replacing Edin Dzeko.
Moyes suffered a huge blow as Robin van Persie was forced out of the game with a thigh strain – being replaced by Danny Welbeck - while Ashley Young came in for Shinji Kagawa in the only other change from the win over Bayer Leverkusen.
David De Gea had never kept a clean sheet in this fixture and hopes of achieving the feat this time around were dashed on 16 minutes. Some brilliant link-up play between Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov saw the latter’s powerful cross expertly hooked inside the post by Aguero – his 50th goal for City.
The lead was doubled right on half-time with Nasri’s corner being well-met by Negredo, whose header was directed home by the unmarked Toure after he had ghosted in at the far post.
City picked up from where they left off two minutes after the break. Nasri found some space from Kolarov’s outward run and found Negredo, who turned and crossed for Aguero who had far too much space to volley home.
Three minutes later and the contest was over. Vincent Kompany started the move as he found Jesus Navas on the right before bursting forward the length of the pitch – distracting the defenders and allowing the winger to cross to the far post for an unmarked Nasri to score yet another volley.
From there the hosts saw out victory and, bar Rooney’s magnificent record-breaking free-kick, they kept their opponents at bay and secured another famous victory over their deadliest rivals.
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