Man City beats rival Man U 6-1
LONDON -- Manchester City routed crosstown rival Manchester United 6-1 Sunday, its biggest margin of victory at Old Trafford since 1926.
Mario Balotelli starred a day after escaping a fire at his home in suburban Manchester, putting City ahead in the 22nd minute, then doubling the lead in the 60th, 13 minutes after Jonny Evans was ejected for bringing down the Italian forward.
Sergio Aguero -- Diego Maradona's son-in-law -- made it 3-0 in the 69th before Darren Fletcher scored for the defending champions in the 81st. Edin Dzeko made it 4-1 in the 89th, David Silva added a goal in the first minute of stoppage time and Dzeko got his second goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
United, a 19-time Premier League champion, had won 19 consecutive league home games and had not lost a league match at Old Trafford by five goals since a 5-0 defeat to City on Feb. 12, 1955. The Red Devils had not conceded six goals at home since a 7-4 loss to Newcastle on Sept. 13, 1930.
"It's the worst result in my history, ever," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "I can't believe the score line."
Bidding for its first league title since 1968, City (8-0-1) opened a five-point lead over second-place United (6-1-2).