And frankly got exactly what he deserved, a City win and a wide open title race with two games to go. Win both and City are champions, simple as that, although with City nothing is ever as simple as it could be.
Strange game in many ways. United were quick off the mark for the first five minutes or so, but they lacked conviction â€“ something I honestly never expected to see from a Ferguson side. Previously, United would play with a plan of attack; take advantage of a City weakness. For as much as City have played well this year they do have a number of weaknesses.
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Both full backs get forward as an integral part of the attack which can leave gaps behind them and with Barry and Yaya Toure in front of the back four it is possible to drive straight down the middle. Instead United played as if they were trying not to lose rather than going for a win. Wayne Rooney found himself all alone up front as United's five man midfield never showed any attacking daring. Scholes and Carrick can spray the ball around so at the very least Nani and Ryan Giggs should have been trying to get in behind the City full backs.
However, in sitting back, United handed the initiative to a City side who have had to break down a lot of opponents in similar fashion this year. It wasn't pretty, there weren't a lot of clear cut chances, but ultimately all it needed was a Vincent Kompany header on the stroke of half-time to take City top.
I still don't know why Nasri starts instead of Milner. For whatever reason Mancini continues to play the former Arsenal man, but it's hard to argue with the top of the league.
The highlight of the game wasn't even City's win, it was Ferguson losing it on the touchline and arguing with Mancini. You have to think that regardless of the outcome this year, Ferguson was seeing the end of the United dominance. City beat United two different ways this season. The 6-1 victory at Old Trafford showed what happens when United try to play open football against City and the 1-0 win on Monday night at the opposite end of the spectrum, when United played with all 11 players behind the ball.
On to Newcastle. Going to be a very tough game. I grew up on the North-East and they'll like nothing more up there than to knock City off their perch.