There were 22 men on the pitch at Eastlands last night, but only one mattered: Carlos Tevez, whose two goals capped a man-of-the-match performance that was the perfect riposte to the club that discarded him. United’s loss is City’s obvious gain. At least the Prem champions still have the magnificent Wayne Rooney, who very nearly scored an equaliser in the final minutes, and was a cut above his team-mates throughout.
Still, City’s thrilling win won’t matter a jot if United take the second leg by a bigger margin, and you know Fergie – and Gary Neville – will get his troops fired up for that.
The best pics from Eastlands: