If anyone ever asks you 'what could be more boring than your average, run-of-the-mill pre-season friendly, you wouldn't do too badly to point to this game, I'm thinking. Because it's dire. Manchester City can't get the ball, so they're just trying to injury their opponents. Yaya Toure is the latest in the book, and seconds later Nigel de Jong lunges in for a stupid tackle as well. Phil Dowd calls captain Vincent Kompany over to explain his behaviour.
Anyway, from that free kick Nani hits the ball straight into Edin Dzeko's knee. This almost proves to be a winning decision as the ricochet causes Joe Hart some consternation, the shot flashing inches wide of his left-hand post. He had it covered all the way, though. Barely.
On the next possession, City get the ball in the United half without earning a corner. I'm as surprised as you are. It's a free kick instead. James Milner, meanwhile, appears to have possibly picked up an Achilles problem. Hrm.