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Manchester City criticised for heavy derby defeat by former United defender

Phil Neville has hit out at Manchester City following their 4-1 defeat in the derby against Manchester United, saying that the defending champions lacked discipline at Old Trafford.

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Sergio Aguero had put City ahead with his 99th goal for the club after eight minutes, but his side collapsed soon after and found themselves 2-1 down before the half hour mark before eventually going on to concede twice more in the second half.

One bright spot on a nightmare afternoon for the Blues was that Aguero was able to notch his 100th goal in their colours, but former United defender Neville has criticised the attitude of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Neville highlights the midfield battle in particular and believes that was where United won the game as their foursome of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata took advantage of ill discipline from Aguero and James Milner to dominate in the middle of the park.

Take a look at Neville’s analysis below:

The result leaves the Red Devils just a point behind Arsenal in second and eight behind Chelsea who they play next weekend at Stamford Bridge. While City are just five clear of Southampton and face being dragged into a race to finish fourth.

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