The paper "The Manchester Derby" is a brilliant example of a term paper on sports and recreation. The Manchester derby had been anticipated for weeks and it did not disappoint by all standards. The sensation of the players was worth watching as each side struggled to bag the full three points on offer. Attendance stood at 72,350 about 2,000 shies of this seasons’ record turnout of 75,350 between Manchester United and West Ham United. This is not surprising as the derby has ever attracted a staggering 78,000 turnout. Like any other derby, the match had its fair share of drama with a player being sent off 35 minutes into the game.
There were a total of 8 cards issued; one red card and 7 yellow cards. Manchester City has now had three red cards and 35 yellow cards compared to its rivals who have 36 yellow cards and no red card so far (Star shine, 2014). Manchester City marksman Sergio Aguero was on point netting two goals. His 14th-minute volley came close to breaking the league record of the fastest goal currently standing at 13 seconds by fellow teammate Jesus Navas.
His goal tally stands at 15 goals 9 behind current league top scorer Luiz Suarez in 15 appearances. Manchester City managed to keep a clean sheet of 12 consecutive unbeaten runs just two behind league leaders Chelsea. It also brought their goals scored to 69 trailing Liverpool by 4 goals while having conceded 27 goals, 5 more than Chelsea and 4 less their opponents. There was no much celebration for Manchester who had hoped to walk away with the full points in a bid to make it to the top four thresholds for Champions League qualification.
They had to settle for a draw after a last-minute goal by Van Persie drew them level in the 92nd added time. In his 273rd appearance in the league, Wayne Rooney found the back of the net with a superb through pass from Juan Mata. He now has 11 goals in 22 appearances having been declared man of the match for the second time this season. He managed to cover 7.6 miles compared to the Manchester City player of the Match Yaya Toure who covered 7.3 miles in the game.
At the end of the day, the derby lived up to the expectations of the fans though the two-sided had to share the spoils (star shines, 2014).