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Sunday November 30, 2008Micah's Say... Manchester City v Manchester Utd

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City were defeated by their arch-rivals from across the city Manchester United, and Micah gave his thoughts on the hard-hitting loss exclusively to MicahRichards.com.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side enjoyed the greater portion of possession but it was City who went closest early on, Stephen Ireland’s shot skimming the post after Micah had left the ball to fly towards goal.

However, when Joe Hart parried Michael Carrick’s effort, Wayne Rooney was on hand to fire home his 100th club goal and edge the visitors in front, though Richard Dunne saw an effort cleared off the line for Mark Hughes’ men.

The Red Devils afternoon was slightly marred by Cristiano Ronaldo’s dismissal for a bizarre handball which saw the Portugal international virtually catch Rooney’s corner, though the latter then went close with an audacious lob.

“I’m disappointed we lost, and it makes it even more important that we improve for our next game,” Micah said.

“It’s even more disappointing than normal when you lose a game of this magnitude.

“Even though it’s hard to say it, I think they deserved to take the three points.”

The England international’s battle with United left-back Patrice Evra was one of the highlights of the match, particularly in the first-half, and Micah hailed the abilities of the France international.

“Evra is one of the best left backs in the world, and it was enjoyable battling against him,” he continued.

Worryingly for City fans, Micah hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury midway through the second-half, but he had some reassuring words for the club’s faithful.

“Hopefully it will be ok,” he added. “I just have to get it assessed in the morning.

“It’s sore but I don’t think it’s anything too serious.”

The 20-year old once again displayed great versatility in filling in at centre-back after the interval, and he once again voiced his willingness to do whatever is best for the team.

“I’m willing to play anywhere on the pitch as long as it benefits City,” he concluded.