Six and the City leaves Manchester blue

Published: October 26, 2011

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (L) and Javier Hernandez (2nd L) react during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England, October 23, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

‘Six and the City’ is the new comedy drama every footballing nation is talking about since last Sunday. I’m not referring to the hit TV series – this is far more serious. It is the new tag line for the football fixture held this  Sunday between the two bitter rivals Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) and Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) in England.

‘Six and the City’ refers to the 6-1 thrashing that Manchester United FC received at the hands of Manchester City FC.

Manchester United has given Manchester City a torrid time over the years, and must I say that Manchester City have been very unlucky in a number of fixtures (usually due to their own mistakes and a few due to the referee decisions). However, they were found short of talent in most cases. Sadly, MUFC has not been the same force since the departure of Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo who was sold for £80million to Real Madrid.

MUFC followers may disagree at the impact this costly departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has had, but the consequences, indeed, have been dire. An MUFC fan may argue that they actually have managed to win a league title without Cristiano Ronaldo, but I would say they only just made it. The point is they haven’t brought in any  player as charismatic as Cristiano Ronaldo and no player is doing the  job that he had been doing for them. It is true that they have been linked with Wesley Sneijder who could have controlled the game and threatened the opposition as an individual and as a team player like their former No. 7  used to, but no serious efforts have been made to land him to the Old Trafford (MUFC Football Stadium).

In September 2008 Manchester City FC was sold to Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak. They have been building their squad since then and have bought players like David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to strengthen their squad. Their approximate expenditure on transfers has been over £300m.

They had to spend this sizable chunk of money to defeat Manchester United FC and claim ‘Manchester is blue’. But they way they achieved this victory is shameful for Manchester United. It’s more of a humiliating defeat for MUFC as they have always proudly claimed that Manchester is red. The ugly truth is that MUFC were simply hammered by Roberto Mancini’s  men, 6-1, on their home ground (Old Trafford Football Stadium).

The magnitude of this victory can be gauged by City defender Micah Richards’ words:

“To come here and win 6-1 is unbelievable. People called us the noisy neighbours and here we are. This victory is what dreams are made of.”

After the match, Joe Hart; MCFC Goal Keeper said:

“It was as good as it looked. The fans felt amazing, the lads felt amazing. There was a real feel-good vibe. It’s magnificent football we have been playing all year. We have got top-quality players and we have proved that.”

He went on to add:

“United were bleeding when they had a man sent off and we went in for the kill.”

United’s midfielder Darren Fletcher (the only goalscorer during the derby game for MUFC) admitted it would be tough to  recover from such an annihilation. He stated:

“We realize how much stick and banter there’ll be for our fans. We have to live in the city too so we to have to deal with it. It doesn’t mean the league is over. We must  respond and win our next game”.

Despite Fletcher’s positivity, I must reiterate that Manchester may remain blue for years to come if the red devils don’t start taking City seriously. Manchester City have proved that they have arrived and they are here to stay. A 6 to 1 annihilation says this loud and clear. Aside from their visit to Etihad Stadium, MUFC might also have to face them in the UEFA Champions League. MUFC’s defeat certainly is an eye opener for all the clubs eyeing the English Premier League title and UEFA Championship, as there is a new fish in town. Sir Alex’s role as a motivator is now essential for MUFC players in order to propel them back on to a winning track.


Aquib Mohammad

A self-employed businessman who enjoys football.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Zuhair

    Jokes are there and well man united fans has to endure them till they turn the table around.

    This is a very biased written article and I can take a guess that you must be a city supporter or worse Liverpudlian :p

    Man united never bothered much about this rivalry because it was mostly one horse race in Manchester , actually 2 if you count the Man United reserves :p

    And Man city was not unlucky or refereeing did not favor any team in the past.Recommend

  • afnan

    manchester united have rode their luck season in season out after ronaldo’s departure and it’s about time the tide shifts and for some strange luck always favors manchester united even when they are not performing good example is norwich city. if manchester city go on to win the league atleast we could all say that they did deserve to win if they carry the same amount of form throughout the remainder of the seasonRecommend

  • Aquib Mohammad

    Biased? Really? I think it was more of a concern for Manchester United being a football fan. I want them to be (more) competitive as they used to like two seasons ago. They were comparable to FC Barcelona back then but have lost that status since C. Ronaldo, and haven’t been able to regain that status.

    As for refereeing is concerned everyone knows about SAF relationship with referees, who always allow enough extra time for Manchester United to tie or win the game. Hope you remember the winner scored by (a former Liverpool FC striker) Michael Owen Vs City well after the extra time.Recommend

  • Zuhair

    Aquib thanks for bringing me to that point. Every now and then people say referees allow extra time to SAFS team and other than that you cannot mention any other match. I have even seen 10 minutes awarded to other big clubs in England but they cudnt do the most of it. is it utds fault or ur respected clubs incompetence ?

    Now let me get back to that match.
    6 minutes were awarded to both teams .
    both teams had equal chance of winning the game.

    why r u guys afraid of playing united for 1 or 2 minute more? u play united for 90 mins and complain for those 6 mins? i dont know but wat was about those 6 minutes tht pinch u guys so harder tht u remember tht even now?

    cudn city take the lead,cudnt they score? wasnt everything level then wat? y r u so afraid of united tht u start wetting ur pants wen 6 mins time is awarded? i still cant get it :sRecommend

  • Aquib Mohammad

    No one would have any problem had that goal been scored within the officially awarded extra time but it was scored after the awarded time [Dare I say: during the ‘Fergie Time’ that means; ‘until we score’].

    The tempo in derby games has always been high, specially in such situations where both the teams are pushing for the winner in the dying minutes of the game. In such situations referees should be very careful and not favor any one.

    To me that incident was ‘unlucky’ for Manchester City FC, if not fair. It’s not just about the competencies, everything counts; resources, talent, attitude, crowd, n’ officials. The competent teams (like Barcelona & now Manchester City) mostly win their matches before the addition of extra time. They don’t wait or rely on those 1 or 2 minutes that are unofficially awarded by the referees (after consuming the officially awarded extra time).

    Manchester City FC have shown their competencies in the recent fixtures and dare I say (again), referees have shown a little mercy upon Manchester United by allowing only 3 extra minutes last Sunday. A derby match in which 6 goals were scored in the second half.Recommend

  • sidjeen

    very biased article if the author would just follow some football he would realize that there is no player on the face of this planet to replace C Ron not even wesley snijder and this was just an unfortunate match for Man United because i think United controlled the game really well even when they were one goal down but the red card to evans just killed the contest. and to be honest city were just lucky with the score line i am not saying they did not deserve to win the match in fact they were the only team deserving a win that day but they did score three goals in stoppage time when United had just given up and were waiting for the final whistle. Recommend

  • Aahmed

    @ Afnan…Man United won the title without Ronalodo. If you analyze the game it was just luck with City. 75% possession was with Red Devils in the beginning. Red card to Evans was the vital blow and Rooney was also off color within the square.Recommend

  • Aquib Mohammad

    I may have not followed enough football but still can name a few players who might have done the C. Ronaldo job for United (you might see one of them with the United squad by January transfer window is closed). Evans incident was unfortunate for United, though he went for the man rather than the ball (grabbed Balotelli’s arm). Besides, the 1-6 score line doesn’t exhibit City got lucky (or something like they nicked a late winner in the stoppage time). To my knowledge, two goals were scored in the added injury time. It may be biased to United fans but all I’m trying to say here is that City thoroughly deserved the win and SAF has to do something about it. IMO, Arjen Robben could be the man for United.Recommend

  • Corrupt

    six and the city or whatever…
    jus one bad day and there united haters are…. We scored 8 goals against Arsenal but where were the haters then ? just wait and watch…with no disrespect to talent city has got but still i would say, one good result never makes a club ‘Better’….
    Manchester United was, is and will always be the greatest football club in the world….. Recommend

  • Aahmed

    @ Aquib, the Ball was out of his range (Balotelli) and two defenders are behind as well. Red card was not justified,I think. Two times MU were not awarded even a free kick on the on the other hand almost in the same scenario in City’s half.

    The referred game, MU – Arsnel (8-2) 22, 28, 41, 64, 67, 70 and only two goals were in injury time. See the difference, all the time Arsnel was at receiving end. But in this game MU played superbly in the first half and opening of the second. It was just luck and Ferdenend, who always played up on the table during the closing miuntes.Recommend


    Well the reason they don’t wanna play MU for those extra minutes is simple; they know United are the toughest to beat in the closing minutes.

    As for the City game ………… United always has a 1-2 bad games a season but the season ends in May not in October. I am willing to lose by greater margin to any other team as long as we win the CUP.

    As for shift of tide ………….. City gotta win the PL atleast 17 times to brag about that.


  • Devils

    I do not understand why people get over Manutd whenever they lose a match or narrowly win a game as if no other team does that. If Mancity lose a game now what would you call that? and you say when ronaldo was at manutd we were evenly matched then with barca? let me remind you that we lost to barca in the finals when we had ronaldo in our team..rmbr the 2-0 loss in rome?
    N I am tired of ppl saying referees are biased towards manutd and if thats the case then evans wouldnt have been red carded..we win games thru our sheer determination and never-say-die attitude which in my opinion most of the clubs lack e.g., ur mancity..if you look into the history books u will see manutd coming back from 2-0 down and 3-0 down and win the match within the 90 min timeframe.
    I guess you have just started watching football and do not know what really Manutd is about. I am not criticizing your article but the way u have portrayed Manutd is a bit harsh coz u have no knowledge about Manutd. Yeah, the defeat at home and with such a big margin is devastating but you do not decide a title by one match or how a team is by one match. Certainly Mancity have a shout at a title but in my opinion come May, Manchester will be REDRecommend

  • Aquib Mohammad

    Yea, it’s been only a decade since I started following football. I think I know enough about Manchester United’s attitude or style of play to say that they’re lacking a couple of huge names like Arjen Robben n’ Wesley Sneijder who would pose extra pressure on the so-called top-4 or top-6 teams. I’m also quite aware of the dispositions of United supporters.

    IMO, Manchester United serves as a benchmark for every club in the English Premier League. Lesser clubs always feel like they have achieved a lot by defeating them or even by clinching a point from them. I wonder how long they’d be able to maintain that status of being bench-marked.

    FYI, I’m not a City fan but the way David Silva, Dzeko, Balotelli, Aguero, Nasri are playing football, is a clear warning to all the title contenders. One should not write them off simply because United had Evans red carded.Recommend

  • Karim Javed

    I saw that match LOL 6-1 and 3 were scored in a short time of second half. I was just laughing and taunting my friends who supports Man U.Recommend

  • john

    Another below standard article. I can point many grammatical mistakes. Why is tribune publishing such low standard articles? Why are the editors not doing their jobs up to the standards?Recommend

  • Owais Raza

    6-1.. is the kind of a result that shakes the premier league to its foundations…

    @john: probably tribune is encouraging youth to blog/write… nothing wrong in it.. practice makes perfect.. though editors may proofread.Recommend