Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Chosen One' banner guarded by stewards after Moyes is confronted by irate fan during United's derby debacle

Chat212 - DailySport Report...
  • 3-0 defeat in the derby with City proved too much for some fans to take.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson feeled the force of the frustration.
  • A spectator bounded down the steps from his seat in the south stand to shout at Moyes
  • City have now won five of their last six encounters with United, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Etihad earlier this season.

Manchester United's dismal 3-0 defeat in the derby with City proved too much for some fans to take - with even Sir Alex Ferguson feeling the force of the frustration.  

Edin Dzeko scored twice - the first after just 43 seconds - and Yaya Toure grabbed a late third to send City surging up to second in the Barclays Premier League, three points behind leaders Chelsea with two games in hand.

And that sparked fury among United supporters, with some near manager David Moyes having to be restrained by stewards and others directing their anger at Ferguson, apparently for his role in appointing his successor.

It all made for particularly uncomfortable viewing for under-fire Moyes, who watched much of the second-half with head in hands.

A spectator bounded down the steps from his seat in the south stand to shout at Moyes and had to be restrained and escorted away by security staff.

At the end of the match, stewards guarded to 'Chosen One' banner hanging on upper tier of the Stretford End to prevent fans removing it.
Moyes had hoped United had turned the corner following back-to-back victories against Olympiacos in the Champions League and West Ham in the Premier League.

But their limitations were brutally exposed by City, with the outcome of the match never looking in doubt.
Afterwards, Moyes was forced to concede that United were a distant second best.

He said: 'We didn't start the game well. They were very good but we grew into the game and up into the second goal we had a fighting chance. But we weren't good enough in the end.

'I think we have played a very good side, playing at the sort of level we are aspiring to. We need to come up a couple of levels ourselves because at the moment we are not there.'

It could have been worse for Moyes with Marouane Fellaini lucky not to be sent off for a blatant first-half elbow on Pablo Zabaleta. He escaped with a booking.

City have now won five of their last six encounters with United, including a 4-1 thrashing at the Etihad earlier this season.

Two-goal Dzeko was delighted with the win that makes City red-hot favourites to win the title.

He said: 'Before this game we had three games less than Chelsea and it was very important for us to win. We are only three points behind with two games and this game could be crucial at the end of the season.'

City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: 'We scored three goals and had three or four more good chances to score. I don't remember many chances Manchester United had to score. We started for the three points from the first minute.

'For me it's very important to keep our clean sheet. We know we can score lots of goals. We were very compact and worked completely in attacking and defending.

'It is important in the beginning of the season to have the squad you need. We have to play so many matches, it is very important to have so many strikers, but I am very happy about our defending. We are a very balanced team at the moment.