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SINGAPORE---Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red
Bull's Mark Webber both received reprimands from
stewards after the Spaniard gave the stranded
Australian a ride back to the pit lane on the side of his
car at the close of yesterday's Singapore Grand Prix.
Webber's car pulled off the track in flames after an
engine failure on the final lap. Rather than having a
slow post-race walk back to the pits, he dashed out
onto the track, hailed Alonso's Ferrari like it was a taxi
and then clambered onto the sidepod for a ride back to
the pits. Alonso had already finished the race in second,
behind Sebastian Vettel.
Three cars on their slowdown laps had to take
evasive action to avoid Webber and the Ferrari, and the
problem was compounded by Alonso driving more
slowly than permitted as he made allowances for his
Alonso, Webber reprimanded over post-race pickup
delivered a ruthless attacking dis-
play to humble Manchester Unit-
ed 4-1 in the Premier League yes-
terday, reasserting the team s title
credentials and landing a major
psychological blow on its fiercest
In the other matches, Paulinho
scored his first Premier League
goal in stoppage time as Totten-
ham broke through Cardiff s
resistance to win 1-0. Michu
scored for the third successive
match this week to put Swansea
on track for a 2-0 win over Crystal
Palace and Arsenal enjoyed a 3-
1 win over Stoke.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero
led from the front for City in a
one-sided derby, volleying home
acrobatically in the 16th minute
and adding his second amid a glut
of three goals in a five-minute
span either side of halftime.
Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri
were the other scorers in a sig-
nature victory that City really
needed to kick-start the Manuel
Pellegrini era. United, however,
will be reeling after being embar-
rassed at times by its neighbor
just when the team appeared to
have clicked under new manager
"After winning, the most
important thing was how we
won," said Pellegrini, adding: "No
one believes that 4-1 is possible
before the game."
Wayne Rooney curled a free kick
into the top corner in the 87th
minute---becoming the highest
scorer in Manchester derbies with
11 goals ---but that will be little
consolation to the England striker
or United, which fell five points
behind early pacesetters Arsenal
and Tottenham after five matches.
The visitors sorely missed Robin
van Persie, who was sidelined with
a groin strain, and have now made
the worst start to a league season
in nine years.
"I ve made them aware of what
I think," said Moyes, whose side
claimed just one point from
matches against Liverpool, Chelsea
and City in a tough run of early-
City climbed to third and has
now scored seven goals in two
matches, on the back of a 3-0 win
over Viktoria Plzen in the Cham-
pions League tomorrow. The
influence of Pellegrini may finally
be kicking in.
It equaled City s biggest home
win in the derby since a mauling
by the same score line at the Eti-
had Stadium in 2004. And when
the influential Nasri volleyed in
the fourth goal after 50 minutes,
memories came flooding back of
the 6-1 beating City handed its
neighbour at Old Trafford in 2011.
While that was a freakish result
---City played against 10 men for
almost the entire second half and
scored three times in second-half
stoppage time---this was fully
deserved and even more conclu-
The only consolation to the vis-
itors was that they didn t concede
"We found it difficult to con-
tain them," Moyes said.
The absence of Van Persie was
a major setback for United, as
the Dutchman had linked up
smoothly with a revitalised
Rooney so far this season.
Rooney missed his strike partner
and had a frustrating match,
smashing a ball into the side of
the prone Aguero after giving away
an early free kick and then picking
up a booking later in the first half
for hacking at Vincent Kompany s
legs. His late goal, great as it was,
will largely be forgotten.
That exasperation had built up
because of City s sheer dominance
all over the pitch, particularly in
midfield where Toure, Fernand-
inho and Nasri had total control.
Center forward Alvaro Negredo
lived up to his nickname of "The
Beast", roughing up United s
bedraggled backline and freeing
space for Aguero to cause dam-
"It s really special to win
because we sent a big statement
to our rivals that Manchester City
is going to be a force," Nasri said.
The France playmaker set up
the first goal with a deft flick into
the path of Aleksandr Kolarov,
who fired over a cross that Aguero
hooked in spectacularly.
It took sluggish United 42 min-
utes to have its first shot---Antonio
Valencia dragging wide---and the
visitors were further behind at the
break when Negredo headed down
Nasri s corner to the feet of Toure,
who bundled the ball in from close
range in injury time.
It was the best City had played
all season, outstripping its display
in the opening-weekend 4-0 win
over Newcastle simply because of
the quality of opposition they were
facing and reminiscent of the dis-
plays they produced most weeks
in their title-winning 2011-12
And when Aguero volleyed in
from inside the six-yard box after
good work by Negredo, a repeat
of the hiding City gave United two
years ago looked on.
That didn t prove to be the case
but United s players couldn t get
off the pitch quicker at full time.
Arsenal record-signing Mesut
Ozil made a potent impact in his
home debut, setting up all three
goals in a 3-1 victory over Stoke
to put his new team top of the
After just two games, the Ger-
many playmaker has started to
repay the 50 million euros ($66
million) Arsenal paid Real Madrid.
"He gave a lift to everybody at
the club," Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger said. "The only thing of
our position at the moment is that
we are in a position where we can
focus on improvement in a stable
Ozil s free kick after five minutes
was parried by goalkeeper Asmir
Begovic and Aaron Ramsey
stabbed the ball into the net from
the rebound for his seventh goal
in as many games.
United States defender Geoff
Cameron leveled with his first
Stoke goal, striking the rebound
into the net after Marko Arnau-
tovic volleyed against the post.
But Per Mertesacker restored
Arsenal s lead in the 36th minute
by darting in to meet Ozil s corner
with a header.
Bacary Sagna was on the end
of another Ozil set piece in the
72nd, heading in from the free
kick to round off a routine victo-
"When you play against Stoke
you don t expect to score three
goals from set pieces and that is
basically the biggest surprise to
me today," Wenger said. "It shows
as well how important the delivery
is. (Ozil) is a player, when you look
at his numbers, the assists are not
a coincidence --- it s just the reality
of his game.
"I believe that once he is com-
pletely integrated we ll see even
more of him but he has shown
today that he is a great player."
After the despondency at the
Emirates Stadium following the
opening day loss to Aston Villa,
Arsenal quickly put its season on
the right track to make a mockery
of the early crisis talk.
Arsenal has also started strongly
in the Champions League, opening
the group stage with a 2-1 win at
Marseille on Wednesday.
"I said many times, even when
everyone was unhappy, that my
job is to make everybody happy,"
Wenger said. "So when they are,
I feel well. But that s just linked
with the results so let s keep play-
Man U gets a mauling
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, scores his second goal past Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea
during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday.
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