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Sunday, October 23, 2011
City's rout of United is a historic win


Who saw this coming? Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 6-1, getting two goals from both Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko. It was a game filled with historic numbers, including these:

•  Manchester City's 6-1 win matches its biggest wins over Manchester United, a 5-0 victory in 1955 and a 6-1 win in 1926, both at Old Trafford. That January 1926 triumph is the only other time City scored six goals there. United had not surrendered six goals in a home league match since a 7-4 loss to Newcastle in September 1930.

• Manchester United's club and Premier League-record 19-game home win streak is emphatically snapped. It ends two shy of the all-time top-division mark of 21 consecutive home wins, set by Liverpool from 1972 to 1973. United's 25-match home unbeaten streak ends as well, with the last loss to Chelsea in April 2010.

• It was a quintessential Mario Balotelli performance, as the mercurial Manchester City striker scored two goals and picked up a yellow card for his shirt-lifting celebration. In 35 career matches for Man City in all competitions, Balotelli now has an impressive 16 goals, 12 yellow cards and two reds.

• With eight wins and a draw, Manchester City is off to its best nine-game start since the same beginning to the 1897-98 Division 2 season. City proceeded to finish third in Division 2 that season, one point ahead of Manchester United.

• Manchester City set a Premier League record with 33 goals in the first nine games, breaking Arsenal's mark of 29 in both 2004-05 and 2009-10. Beware, City fans: Neither of those Arsenal squads won the league title.