It proved to be a successful evening for both halves of Manchester last night, but particularly so for Man City who secured progression to the knockout stage with two games to spare.
Three first-half goals for the Citizens away at Sevilla proved more than enough to secure a place in the last 16 for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
After encountering daunting Champions League groups in recent years, City were again in a group this time around which threatened to prove problematic, but Pellegrini’s team have seen off the challenge.
It was a fine performance from the Sky Blues in Spain, and one which went down rather well on Twitter with one midfielder in particular taking the plaudits.
If it was mathematically possible, I would give Fernandinho an 11 out of 10 for his performance tonight. @MCFC
— tomchadwick (@tompchadwick) November 3, 2015
Fernandinho is magic. #MCFC
— Tuggs (@mickeytuggs90) November 4, 2015
Fernandinho wasn’t the only one to receive praise.
Credit was also handed to the manager for what is so far City’s best Champions League campaign.
Concerns voiced for #mcfc when tough CL draw made but qualified well. Kudos to Pellegrini. Sterling again showing versatility & goal threat.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 4, 2015
Back in Manchester however, the red half of the city hosted CSKA Moscow desperately looking for a goal after three successive blanks.
It was a difficult night for United, and Ashley Young attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.
Ashley Young in dive shock #MUFC
— Stephen Penman (@stephenpenman) November 3, 2015
Ashley Young should be sent off for that dive. Disgusting
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) November 3, 2015
And then Louis Van Gaal’s decision to replace Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini didn’t go down too well either.
Fellaini for Martial is sensational trolling. It really is from the dark ages. No zip. No creativity. Worse than Moyes I reckon.
— Taffin (@CalvLyfeson) November 3, 2015
But after more than 400 minutes without a goal, United fans finally had something to celebrate as Rooney found the net in the final 15 minutes to hand Van Gaal’s side the win.
A former England striker summed up the overriding reaction to Rooney’s strike rather aptly.
Bloody hell! Manchester United have scored! — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 3, 2015
That wasn’t the end of United’s night though, as Van Gaal couldn’t remember Chris Smalling’s name in the post-match press conference.
— Helin (@MUnitedGirl) November 3, 2015
All in all, an eventful night for both halves of Manchester.
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