Yaya Toure is back to his best
The critics have been hard on Ivorian midfielder Toure so far this season, with the 31-year-old looking like a shadow of the player that scored 24 goals as City won the league last season. However, today he finally started to recapture that form with a fine display against United, driving forward in typical fashion once again, and went close to scoring late on.
Gael Clichy took his chance
Another player to receive criticism this season is left back Clichy, with many fans preferring Aleksandar Kolarov, but the Serbian was injured in the warm-up, meaning Clichy would be starting. Despite the doubters, the Frenchman was exceptional, keeping Adnan Januzaj quiet before his bursting run forward led to his assist for Sergio Aguero's winning goal. With more performances like today, Clichy should keep Kolarov out for some time yet.
Martin Demichelis may be the key to City's defence
In last week's shock 2-1 defeat to West Ham United, centre back Eliaquim Mangala was blasted for his poor performance, but his injury earlier this week meant that the experienced Martin Demichelis returned to the back line. Alongside Vincent Kompany, the Argentine was fantastic, with City's defence looking far more solid, limiting Robin van Persie throughout. His presence was much needed for City, and he should be playing whilst Mangala develops in England.
James Milner is becoming increasingly important
Previously an after thought with the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas occupying wide areas, James Milner continues to prove his worth to manager Manuel Pellegrini. After a fine start to the season, Milner was pressed into action on the left hand side of midfield, and whilst he worked as hard as ever, the former Aston Villa star also attacked well, forcing the tackle for Chris Smalling's red card. Every manager would love to have player like Milner, and Pellegrini is reaping the rewards for playing him regularly.
The crowd need to get behind City
On a positive day for City, there is a word of warning for them too. Late in the game, Pellegrini's men continued to panic and give away possession with silly mistakes, and it could've cost them as Wayne Rooney and Maroune Fellaini crafted good chances late on. The Etihad Stadium became very anxious, and that transmitted to the players too. In times of need, the City faithful need to roar their players on to victory rather than emit nervous murmurings.