Samir Nasri goes from Manchester City's villain to a hero

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Last season he was widely criticised for his role in Robin Van Persie's winner, this season he had a big hand in City's derby success.

It’s amazing what a difference ten months can make, as Samir Nasri has gone from a Manchester derby villain for City, to something of an understated hero after yesterday’s 4-1 over Manchester United.

Last season, a lot of fingers were pointed at Nasri as Manchester United struck a crucial blow in the title race after Robin Van Persie’s last minute free kick gave United all three points in the last minute at the Etihad Stadium.

Nasri was then judged to have hid behind Edin Dzeko in the City wall, and sticking his leg out allowed for the crucial deflection to carry the ball past Joe Hart.

This time however, it was to be different. Nasri was heavily involved in a lot of the good stuff City did yesterday. For all the headlines are about Aguero’s brace which featured one of the most outstanding finishes you could possibly see, and the pace and powerful contributions from Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, Nasri’s contribution could be regarded as just as significant.

It was his intelligence that allowed Kolorov to overlap him to lay on a cross for Aguero to open the scoring, his delivery which Toure eventually scored from, his through ball to Alvaro Negredo which allowed him to combine with Aguero for the third, and it was his volley that rounded off City’s scoring.

Is Nasri now forgiven by City fans for last year’s error?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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