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Manchester City’s Fernandinho reveals surprise at how easy previous Manchester derby match was in September

'It was an easy win'
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Fernandinho has admitted ahead of tonight’s Manchester derby that he was shocked by how badly United were during the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the season.

Man City thrashed Man United 4-1 back in September in the first of several clinical displays by the Etihad side.

However back in September the manner of victory for City, and defeat for United, was somewhat of a shock to the neutral observer as many expected the 2012/13 Premier League winners to put up more of a fight.

And City’s Brazilian midfielder has echoed those thoughts ahead of the Old Trafford meeting tonight.

Fernandinho was quoted by ESPN as saying: "It was the first time I'd played them after joining City.

"It's a club with a lot of history, with very good players, they were the champions - so I was surprised at how badly they played that day and how easily we won.”

The Brazilian admitted they will expect another three points tonight and with the title race hotting up a victory is required.

"We will go there expecting to win but we know that in a derby a lot of things can happen,” concluded Fernandinho.


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