For the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s Manchester derby, there was only one team in the game.
Manchester United were controlling the match with the majority of possession, with the likes of Ashley Young and Nani probing away at the City defence.
However, the visitors’ first attack of note resulted in Mario Balotelli slotting the ball past David De Gea from the edge of the penalty area and Manchester City were to end the game by running riot against their arch-rivals.
It has been one of the most important weeks in the club’s history, with Roberto Mancini’s team winning their first Champions League game thanks to a 2-1 win over Villarreal before this derby day mauling of United.
Sir Alex Ferguson must have had a few choice words for his players at half-time as they trailed 1-0, although the second half began in the worst possible fashion for the home side, with Jonny Evans bringing down Balotelli on the edge of the area.
The Northern Ireland defender was dismissed and City had doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Balotelli stroked home from close range after smart work from James Milner and David Silva.
United’s frustration was evident, with Anderson and Patrice Evra going into the book before Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 after 69 minutes after beating Phil Jones to the ball.
The Red Devils were now playing for pride and Darren Fletcher pulled a goal back with a spectacular finish although any hopes of a late comeback were to be dashed by the sort of collapse that you don’t associate with Manchester United.
Edin Dzeko made it four, before further goals from the Bosnian and David Silva added insult to injury, with Manchester City now the bookmaker favourites to claim the Premier League title.