As soon as the final whistle went at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, people were quick to say that David Moyes is going to be facing a real struggle as Manchester United boss following a 4-1 defeat to their city rivals in Manchester City.
Moyes' predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, also suffered at the hands of City on a couple of occasions. Notably there was the 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford two seasons ago, but before that Kevin Keegan guided City to a couple of home wins over United, and with no disrespect to the players in the City side then, they were hardly of the calibre the current squad possesses.
The City side of ten years ago had one or two promising youngsters at the time, and players who were experienced but past their best.
Their starting eleven that day had former Liverpool players David James, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler in the side, all of them had past their best at that stage of their career whist everyone was raving about Shaun Wright-Phillips being the next best thing.
Here was the City line-up that day: James, Dunne, Van Buyten, Distin, Wright-Phillips, Reyna, Sibierski, McManaman, Tarnat, Macken, Fowler.
Trevor Sinclair also joined the action at half-time and managed to get on the scoresheet.
Before that, there was a time when Shaun Goater scored twice at Maine Road to help City to a 3-1 win in the 2002/03 season, and United managed to go on and lift the Premier League title.
Surely this goes to show that even the best can have a very bad day at the office, and that no-one should get carried away with writing David Moyes’ managerial obituaries just yet?
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