Humiliation for Manchester United
Words like "embarrassment" "suicidal" "crazy football" and "worst day in football" aren't often heard around Old Trafford, but those were the words being spoken at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon by United's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. And the fact that Manchester City were at United's home ground made it all the worse!
Losing 6-1 is never much fun, but when it meant that your arch-rivals consolidated their lead at the top of the Premiership by 5 points it's hard to swallow.
Fergie's team selection clearly wasn't up to much, unusually for him, and even the substitutions brought little impact to the game. United were outclassed in all areas, and without Vidic the defence was pretty woeful.
Of course it doesn't help when you are playing for half of the match with only 10 men. Jonny Evans brought down Balotelli on the edge of the box and was red-carded. By the time Fletcher scored in the 81st minute it was too late, and it didn't all end on 90 minutes as 2 more goals were added by Silva (90+1) and Dzeko (90+3).
The vast majority of the 75,487 crowd will have gone away from the ground very unhappy, not just with the result, but the way it happened.