Manchester United weekend round-up: Powell scores for Wigan; Moyes ready to ‘bounce back’

David Moyes

All the news, views and transfer rumours from Old Trafford this weekend…

Manchester United were well and truly humbled at the Etihad earlier today, as Manchester City defeated them 4-1 courtesy of some amazing finishing and a dominant display from back to front.

Two goals from Sergio Aguero and one apiece from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri meant that Wayne Rooney’s excellent late free-kick was merely a consolation.

The result means United have now dropped to eighth in the Premier League, having won just two of their opening five games. And while David Moyes knew he had arguably United’s toughest opening to any league season, he would have hoped to pick up more than a single point from matches against Chelsea, Liverpool and now City.

Speaking after the final whistle, Moyes said that City deserved their victory, and highlighted the goals just before and after half-time as hammer blows in United’s attempt to get back into the match.

There’s a long way to go in this season, and we have just started,” he told the BBC, “the history of Manchester United and the players at this club bounce back and continue to do well.”

Here at HITC, we published our own player ratings after the match, and you can find United’s here and City’s here.

In other news, reports in Spain yesterday claimed that David de Gea was keen on a return to his homeland, and more specifically to Real Madrid. The report, from broadsheet El Confidencial, claimed the La Liga club were considering a swap deal that would see Iker Casillas move to United to replace the man 10 years his junior.

While United’s first-team suffered a humiliating loss earlier today, some of their youngsters fared better on loan. Jesse Lingard scored four times on his debut for Birmingham City, while Federico Macheda got both Doncaster’s goals in their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

Earlier today, Nick Powell got his first goal since his loan move to Wigan Athletic. The midfielder scored the second in the Latics’ 2-0 home win against Ipswich Town.

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