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The fallout from the Manchester derby will continue for some time yet, with countless reports and editorials filling the sport sections today.
It is impossible to cover everything that has been written, but in short, it was all about a 4-1 victory and a match in which one club completely obliterated another.
Statistics can turn a donkey into a diamond if you look at them the right way, and while Fellaini is far better than that, no one in their right mind would say he outperformed the majestic Ivorian…except he did.
The Manchester United midfielder made 65 passes and had a 92.3% completion rate. The Manchester City man on the other hand made 52 passes and was successful with 86.5% of them.
And while Fellaini made 46 accurate passes in the attacking half, Toure made just 28.
So there you have it: unequivocal proof that Fellaini had the better game; except that Toure scored a goal, created two chances and was a beast throughout…so maybe not.
Sergio Aguero has been praising the spirit of his teammates in what was an almost faultless performance.
In quotes published in the Evening Herald, the striker said, “All the team were brilliant, the defence as well. We’re all one team. There are no individual heroes.”
It is that sense of togetherness that came through yesterday, and while it will be all-but-impossible to maintain that level of performance all season, if they do so when it really matters, they could reclaim the trophy they won in such dramatic fashion last time round.
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