Silva: 6-1 tri­umph changed this city

Manchester Evening News - - THE 177TH DERBY - By DAN O’TOOLE

DAVID Silva be­lieves City’s 6-1 win against United at Old Traf­ford in 2011 marked the be­gin­ning of a shift of power in the city.

The Blues went on to win the Premier League ti­tle that sea­son – their first top-flight crown in 44 years – and have added two more since.

Pep Guardiola’s side lifted the tro­phy with a record 100-point haul last sea­son and broke all man­ner of Premier League records in the process, while United have failed to mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge since Sir Alex Fer­gu­son re­tired in 2013.

The Reds’ high­est league fin­ish since the Scot’s re­tire­ment came last sea­son when Jose Mour­inho’s side fin­ished sec­ond – 19 points shy of City – and Silva says the Blues have now earned univer­sal re­spect.

“It’s not fear. I think it’s re­spect. Re­spect be­cause we’re do­ing things well,” the City mid­fielder said, when asked how he feels the Cen­tu­ri­ons are per­ceived.

“United com­manded a lot of re­spect when I first came here. But I think that has changed from when we won there 6-1 and the men­tal­ity changed a lit­tle bit that day. Now I think we are held in great es­teem.

“You re­mem­ber a bit of every derby you play in but I think given that it was at United’s ground and the re­spect that United com­manded at that time, it is one that will go down in his­tory.”

City have won two and lost three of the last six der­bies ahead of the fix­ture’s 177th edi­tion, and Silva is well aware of what is at stake at the Eti­had to­mor­row.

“It means a huge amount,” the Spa­niard ex­plained.

“A derby is al­ways im­por­tant and I know that when your team wins, the fol­low­ing day you have the brag­ging rights at work and with your friends. And there’s the chance to wind up the red half a lit­tle bit.

“The im­por­tant thing is to win and to con­cen­trate on our foot­ball. If the re­sult is a de­ci­sive one then all the bet­ter.

“We’ve been play­ing well and creat­ing lots of chances but the main thing is just to try and get the three points.

“Our con­fi­dence is high but der­bies are to­tally dif­fer­ent – they’re one-offs. We’ve got to be at 100 per cent if we want to win.”

City squan­dered the chance to con­firm their Premier League ti­tle win against United in April when they let a two-goal lead slip at the Eti­had, and Silva ad­mits that league po­si­tions are ren­dered mean­ing­less on derby day.

“Every derby match is dif­fer­ent each year just like every sea­son is dif­fer­ent,” the 32-year-old said.

“They are al­ways dif­fi­cult re­gard­less of what po­si­tion each side is in in the ta­ble. Last year at their sta­dium we won and they won at the Eti­had. Each one is to­tally dif­fer­ent.”

Silva was speak­ing in his role as an am­bas­sador for Gran Ca­narian re­sort ANFI, which is cel­e­brat­ing their 30th an­niver­sary.

David Silva cel­e­brates with James Mil­ner dur­ing the 6-1 ham­mer­ing of United in 2011

Draws: 52 United: 73

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