Carragher claims Manchester City have best players on the pitch, then it all goes wrong

Jamie Carragher

Manchester United defeated rivals Manchester City 4-2 in a pulsating encounter.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher reaffirmed his opinion that Manchester City had the best players out on the Old Trafford pitch, but things quickly went downhill for the Sky Blues.

Argentine international Sergio Aguero linked up with David Silva well in the opening exchanges and was rewarded for his efforts with the opening goal after just eight minutes.

The Citizens were in control, passed the ball around with conviction and asserted their early dominance, prompting Carragher to reiterate his opinion regarding Manchester’s best players on Twitter.

However, moments after his Tweet was published, the Red Devils hit back through Ashley Young as he took advantage of some slack City defending.

The hosts upped the intensity, and it wasn’t long before Marouane Fellaini gave them a 2-1 lead heading in to half-time.

The second-half made a mockery of Carragher’s comments as Aguero aside, City’s so-called better players failed to perform and United added to their lead through Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.

The hosts had a number of top quality players out there, whereas City’s best players from over the past few years have looked a shadow of their former selves – especially Yaya Toure.

Aguero’s late goal, his sixth in four matches against United, did little to disrupt the wild celebrations among the Old Trafford faithful or hide just how far their noisy neighbours have fallen.

A big squad shake-up is needed in the summer, and there will undoubtedly be a number of disenchanted supporters calling for Manuel Pellegrini’s head over the next few days.

The result takes United to within one point of Arsenal in second, whereas the Etihad outfit stay fourth and could find themselves just four points clear of Liverpool should the Reds beat Newcastle on Monday.

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