Laurence Griffiths

Premier League, Week 5: Manchester City crush United

Manchester United forgot to show up for the derby and Manchester City made them pay with a 4-1 shellacking.

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United, Kolorov exaggerate City's superiority

Aleksandar Kolarov's complementing overlapping runs in advance of Samir Nasri's narrow movement was the key feature which allowed Manchester City to take the ascendancy in their 4-1 derby romp.

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Spurs grab last-minute win

The visitors had the majority of the possession and seemingly hundreds of chances, but Cardiff managed to keep the ball out of the back of the net until injury time, when Paulinho finally knocked one in for Tottenham.

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City 4, United 1

Manchester City demolished United to move to second in the table.

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City turning it into a rout

It's turning into an absolute rout at the Ethiad Stadium. Manchester City had no problem going into the halftime break 2-0 ahead of Manchester United, and it's already gotten worse for the Red Devils. A mere one minute into the second half, Sergio Aguero scored his second goal of the afternoon.

Whatever David Moyes said to his team at halftime did absolutely nothing. He didn't make any substitutions at halftime, but he's already brought Tom Cleverley off the bench to try to change things. Related; He has Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez sitting on the bench in trainers.

Then, right after Cleverley came on, it got worse. Samir Nasri made it 4-0 in the 51st minute, turning in a cross by Jesus Navas.

Alvaro Negredo set up the goal, and it was a beautiful assist. He held up the ball and cut a great ball back across the face of goal. Absolutely no one tracked the run of Aguero (this is a theme in this game) and he finished easily. Here's the goal, via @FeintZebra on Twitter. Hover over the image to animate.

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And here's the second from the same source.

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City up 2-0 at the half

This game was fun until Sergio Aguero scored. Then it wasn't.

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Aguero puts City up

It's been all Manchester City for the first 15 minutes of the Manchester Derby, and they've capitalized on all of their early dominance with an opening goal. Sergio Aguero has his team on top with a great finish from close range, though some poor defending by Manchester United certainly made it easier on him.

Aleksandar Kolarov, who has looked dangerous on the left flank up against Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling, assisted the goal with a low cross. He got to the byline and cut back to the center of the six-yard box where Aguero, who had lost Patrice Evra, was waiting. He stretched to apply a bit of an unorthodox finish, but it worked nonetheless.

Here's the goal, via @brocadfael on Twitter.

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Manchester United had set up a bit defensive in this one and are going to have to change up their gameplan a bit. They have the talent to find a goal, but they're looking a bit rattled at the moment.

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Palace no match for Swansea

It's going to be a long season for Crystal Palace. They looked the part of a Championship side against Swansea.

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Arsenal-Stoke made no sense

Somehow, Arsenal only had 50 percent of the possession in their game against Stoke. They also had three set piece goals.

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Man City vs. Man United: Lineups

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is apparently not fit to start the Manchester Derby.

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Manchester derby the Sunday highlight

Both City and United are yet to hit top form, and meet in the season's first Manchester derby on Sunday.

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Arsenal and Stoke clash on Sunday

Both Arsenal and Stoke have had good starts to the season, and clash at the Emirates on Sunday.

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Mikel breaks his duck in Chelsea win

Chelsea's first half performance was far from stellar, but they played well in the second half and earned a derby win over their West London rivals.

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WBA down Sunderland easily

Paolo Di Canio's boys are bottom of the table in England, and rightfully so.

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Baines, Lukaku lead Everton past West Ham

Everton went down twice but after a red card late to Mark Noble, Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku scored to grab a victory for the Toffees.

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Southampton get a deserved win at Anfield

Liverpool were highly disappointing in losing at Anfield to Southampton, as the Saints claimed a deserved and impressive victory.

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Kozak and Guzan help Villa to win at Norwich

Aston Villa won a narrow victory in an exciting game against Norwich City thanks to Libor Kozak's goal, with Brad Guzan saving a penalty in the process.

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Chelsea and Fulham meet in Saturday's late game

Neither Chelsea or Fulham have been convincing in their starts to the season, and meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Table-toppers Liverpool host Southampton

Liverpool host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, looking to defend their position at the top of the Premier League table.

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Norwich host Villa in Saturday's early kick-off

Norwich City and Aston Villa will both look to get back to winning ways in Saturday's early kick-off.

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Premier League, Week 5: It's all about Manchester

There are a lot of decent and watchable games in England this weekend, but the one in Manchester is going to steal all the spotlight.

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