The Communitween the two Manchester sides acted as a wonderful pre-cursor to the season. It showed that City have got the ability in their first eleven and depth of squad to challenge United for the major honours this season as they raced in to a two goal lead, but Manchester United showed that they still have the upper hand as Nani led a remarkable comeback, scoring twice including the winner in injury time. The substitution of Tom Cleverley from Carrick at half-time proved to be a masterstroke by Sir Alex Ferguson as the youngster started to dictate play with his energy and fast passing in a way that Carrick had struggled to do in the first half. Having spent the season on loan with Watford, Cleverley now looks ready to challenge for a first team place. His link-up with Rooney appeared telepathic at times and Danny Wellbeck also showed great promise, playing seventy-five minutes and demonstrating why Steve Bruce was sorry to see his loan spell at Sunderland come to an end.
Ashley Young was also hugely impressive on his debut, setting up United’s first goal with a whipping free kick that Chris Smalling deftly tucked away with the inside of his right foot having sprung City’s offside trap. Smalling is another youngster that looks set for great things with United, and Phil Jones was also hugely impressive on his debut as he came on with United 2-0 down and helped lead the fight back from defence. City will be hugely disappointed to have squandered such a lead, and will probably attract less football betting as a consequence, especially Champions League betting. United, on the other hand, have shown that they still have the penetration going forward to silence their noisy neighbours. It is going to be a fascinating season.