24 Oct 2011

Manchester City thump United

6:16 am on 24 October 2011

Manchester City ransacked the fortress of Old Trafford with a 6-1 demolition of Manchester United that put them clear at the top of the English Premier football League and erased any doubts about their ability to snatch the title away from their illustrious rivals.

Having averaged more than three goals a game in an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, City's expensively assembled side continued the goal flow to carve United apart and inflict a first home defeat on Alex Ferguson's side for 18 months.

Doubles from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, along with goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero inflicted a heaviest ever Premier League defeat on United, who played most of the second half with 10 men after defender Jonny Evans' sending off.

City are now 5 points clear of United.... third placed Chelsea lost 1-nil at QPR, Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1, Tottenham beat Blackburn 2-1 and Everton beat Fulham 3-1.