What a great result for Manchester United in the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
There was so much hype ahead of the game at Old Trafford and it must be said only one side lived up to it.
United were magnificent, pouring forward at every opportunity showing exactly why they are champions.
Sir Alex Ferguson looked as pleased as I’ve seen him after a match in some time.
I know he has not been happy at some of the things surrounding City since all the money has come in at Eastlands.
And he was quite right to have a go at the way Mark Hughes was treated when he was sacked to allow Roberto Mancini to come in.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the derby win for United that took them through to the Carling Cup final will be one of the sweetest of Fergie’s career.
Wayne Rooney was outstanding, as he has been for months. He received great support from the old stagers Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes while Darren Fletcher was everywhere.
I think what the 3-1 victory for United showed was that City still have a way to go to reach the levels of the Red Devils.
Last week I had a go at Carlos Tevez for his celebrations in the first leg, but I have to praise him and Craig Bellamy because over the course of the tie, they both delivered.
Tevez in particular made a point scoring three times in the two games.
It still wasn’t enough though.
Perhaps that’s a lesson to a few people at City, especially the Chief Executive Garry Cook.
I was astonished to see TV pictures from America of him saying how City were going to become the biggest and best club in the world.
Before you rule the football world, surely you have to rule England.
Right now City don’t even rule Manchester.
I know that I have connections with Manchester United and grew up supporting the Reds, but I have respect for Manchester City too. They are a fantastic club with great tradition and
loyal fans, who other supporters have admired down the years.
But the way the top dogs at City have been behaving recently means they will get little sympathy if things go wrong, as they did at Old Trafford.
City are striving to be the best team around, but even with all the money they have available, there is a way to go about it.
Chief Executives should not be shouting their mouth off before their club has achieved anything.
When City have reached the status around the world of say, Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan then they can talk, but surely not until then.
I believe the powers that be at City should stay quiet off the pitch and start winning trophies on it.
Obviously they won’t win the league title this season and now the Carling Cup has gone.
They could still win the FA Cup which would be tremendous for their fans, but to become a real force like United, they still have a lot of catching up to do.