Manchester City fans the world over are still enjoying the most astonishing Premier League result in history, their 6-1 thrashing of champions Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It was United’s worst home defeat since 1955 and the first time they had conceded six goals at home since 1930. City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of United. City’s visit to The Theatre of Dreams was supposed to be a measure of their progress against the 19-time champions – and they could not have delivered a more emphatic statement. United boss Alex Ferguson must give more respect now to his “noisy neighbours”.
One City faithful basking in the glow is Mancunian Gary Mills, a sales rep for Cayman Free Press. He watched the match on TV from Grand Cayman and was thrilled when Mario Balotelli gave them the perfect two goal start but he could not relax until near the end of the carnage. “I was still worried even when it was 3-1 that United would do their old trick and grab a draw,” Mills said. “My prediction before the game was the best result for City would be a draw. United really to win it 2-0 was in my mind, just to be a realist.”
Mills grew up in Stockport going to Maine Road and was a junior blue as a kid. His first signature was of Joe Corrigan, the City keeper. All Gary’s family are blues except for one brother who is considered an outcast because he is a red! “I think City can win the Premiership now but it will still be a big ask as United always come good in the second half of the season. In the Champions League it would be a shame not to get to the next round but I think I’d rather have a good run domestically and win a cup or two.”
The only problem City have at the moment is what to do with the wayward Carlos Tevez. Mills would have no qualms in seeing the gifted but troublesome Argentinian go. “They should sell him for shedloads of cash but only abroad – like South America – where he will be where nobody would care what he does.”