Date: 24th October 2011 at 8:53pm
Written by:
Darren Fletcher

The Scottish skipper's goal was the only bright spot in a dismal afternoon

A woeful Manchester United were humiliated by their city-sharing rivals in the Manchester derby. A day which Sir Alex Ferguson described as his ‘worst ever’ at the club saw Manchester City storm to a 6-1 win.

As the sides went in at half-time United were still very much in the game being only 1-0 down and having not looked all too bad in the first half. However as the second half got underway United fell apart at the back and Jonny Evans was soon sent off. Once United were down to 10 men they had an almost impossible uphill challenge to pull the game back whilst defending against a very strong attacking City side. A challenge United did not come close to overcoming.

Unfortunately this Man of the Match feature will have to be kept very short as no player on the United side really deserved to be named a Man of the Match. This article should rather be called ‘The Least Worst Player of the Match’.

So, the Least Worst Player of the Match award will go to Darren Fletcher. The midfielder was pretty confident on the ball and didn’t make too many mistakes compared to some. He looked solid at times and capable of putting in a decent performance had the rest of the team around him not fallen apart.

Fletcher still lacked drive to push United forward in attack as usual. However he was the scorer of United’s only goal with a tidy finish.

After an abysmal display the only way for Manchester United should hopefully only be upwards, and with a League Cup tie against Aldershot on Tuesday and a weekend Premiership clash with Everton hopefully there will be something more impressive to write about in the coming weeks.

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4 responses to “Man Of The Match: Manchester United vs Manchester City”

  1. Fifthcolumnblue says:

    You ARE taking the piss aren’t you? PMSL!

    • RedScot says:

      Thats informative and such a well thought through response to an article to create discussion.Well done!

  2. RedScot says:

    David Silva or Vincent Kompany, or Mark Battenburg for being anonymous and basically inept.
    The shame and sick feeling only gets worse and worse, having watched twice now(perverse I know)Q.P.R and Chelsay 11 men against 9 for the majority of the game and how Chelsay were the better team and totally outplayed the newly promoted west Landin outfit.It buggers belief that we could not do that.We are fucking Manchester United, not some Mickey mouse small team with no balls and fight and never say die attitude.
    Not meaning to be a smart Arse, but i did write on the fabulous Busby Way and communicated with the magnificent Chudi on our error, during the last 5 games.United’s weakness on occasion, atack attack.Prior to the debacle that imploded before our very eyes and hurts like fucking crazy.
    I still believe, we will bounce back, with 29 league games to go and lads our saving grace(well one) lets hope City stay in the Champions league competition and get through the group stages to keep the games to play even, then we will see who has the best squad.
    They might have , no do have a better midfield than ours, but in my opinion our goal keeper is as good as Joe Hart, our ‘steady’ back four, when that is decided is as good if not better than City’s.Our front line, no doubt as good and In my opinion better than Citys and wayyy better than Chelsays.
    We can all lick our wounds and mope around, like the club, the players and no doubt in my mind, the football manager of Manchester United, will be saying to the players today at Carrington, this is fucking Manchester United.

  3. BW says:

    Wasn’t Fletcher the holding player in the midfeld?

    I think our keeper was the best player! Maybe Rooney for not getting sent off. 🙂

    Imagine how much stick our so-called “lazy/languid” players (Carrick and Berbatov) woudl be getting if they had been part of the 6-1 drubbing?!

    Hopefully they perform well against Aldershot and get back into Fergie’s thinking..