Manchester United Vs. Manchester City: Ryan Giggs Opens The Door For United Goal

Having been put on their heels by a good stretch of play by City, United began to close down the space and turn the match into one much like the one they and City played in November that resulted in a 0-0 draw. Then, with the match lacking much smoothness or open play, United turned to their tried and true man to put them ahead.

A long ball out of the back was knocked down by Wayne Rooney to Ryan Giggs and with a single touch Giggs changed the match. The 37-year-old played a beautiful first touch ball over the City defense to a sprinting Nani, who settled and touched the ball past a helpless Joe Hart for a 1-0 United edge.

The Red Devils will take their one-goal lead into the halftime break and have to feel confident about things. While they have been unable to establish much in the midfield and have been outplayed there, they've found a bit of space on the left and the long ball netted them a goal.

For their issues in the midfield, United's back line has been stout and Carlos Tevez may as well have retired or gone back to Argentina or whatever else is next. A fantastic performance from the defense has to give the Red Devils confidence, but the inevitable introduction of Dzeko will just make things more difficult if they cannot improve in the midfield.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.