During the build up to the derby everything in the United camp was positive, City had lost two matches on the trot, and Wayne Rooney was to return after his three match suspension.
City were there for the taking. Everything had started well, City were not posing a major threat and the referee, Michael Oliver, was doing United favours by waving away penalty shouts against our defence. Then in the 39th minute Chris Smalling lost his head and brought down James Milner outside the box to earn his second yellow card and a red.
|Smalling gets his red card.|
Quite what Smalling thought he was doing to earn his first yellow only he can explain, and he should. Down to ten men, and soon to lose Marcos Rojo with what looks to be a dislocated shoulder, City rubbed salt into United's wound and scored through Aguero.
The reshuffle of the team meant that Michael Carrick, in his first match of the season after his recovery from an ankle injury, had to fill in at the back along side the ever impressive Irish youngster Paddy McNair.
|Manager & captain|
In the second half the United players rallied magnificently to almost produce an equaliser, and they would have if it hadn't been for Hart in goal, Fellaini's misjudged header and Di Maria's poor deliveries at corners.
United almost produced a comeback that would have surpassed even last weeks result against Chelsea, but it wasn't to be.
|Rojo is carried off.|
A special mention must go to full-back Luke Shaw who is growing in confidence with every game.The tackles he made were outstanding and with the unfortunate injury to Rojo he has the opportunity to cement his place in United's defence.
|McNair shines again.|
Over the next two months he should give them a chance to see if they can form a partnership at the back, why not, we have nothing to lose but everything to gain for now and the future.
The derby defeat is a bitter pill to swallow, but we can keep our heads held high as it was only after being reduced to ten men, a defender, that City found the breakthrough.
However, with only 13 points from 10 games this is United's worst start to a league campaign since 1986, a month before Sir Alex Ferguson took over.
So the only way is up and our next match is at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace, which in all fairness to Palace, United should win easily.
There are many positives we can take from losing the main one being the performance of United's ten men in the last 30 minutes. Let's hope they can take that spirit into the upcoming matches.
Until next time thanks for taking the time to read.