Fergie left furious, Sven gets serious
Welcome to The Trawler, your weekly submersion through the teeming waters of life in the Championship, League One and League Two. You might be surprised what you find down there.
It was not a good weekend for the Fergusons. Twenty-four hours before Sir Alex saw his ten-man Manchester United battered 6-1 by City, son Darren was left fuming after his own ten-men were defeated by the Red Devils' rivals Leeds United, with Peterborough losing 3-2 thanks to a goal six minutes into stoppage time.
"There's no point having time added on, the referee just plays what he wants," a distraught Ferguson Jnr said afterwards. "I'm stood by the linesman who says 'time's up', and he plays two extra minutes ... You're doing your job by asking me the question, but the FA will probably look at it and say 'he's not allowed to say that'. What do you want me to say?
"Four minutes of injury time and they score in 96 minutes. But don't forget it's Leeds United, so it'll be okay."
Remind you of anyone? Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony was not best pleased either. "Ya won today but it wasn't exactly a walk in the park for your 12 fellas was it," he wrote on his Twitter account. "What a league this is for goals and drama."
Sven gets serious
This week's "telling it like it is" award goes to Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who made a departure from his trademark vanilla post-game reaction, after watching City beaten 3-0 at home by lowly Millwall.
"That was not good enough and that performance was not acceptable," Eriksson said. "We were lacking in energy and I felt that we were flat throughout today. In the second-half we showed a little more pace and energy, but the final ball was still poor and was nowhere near the standard that we expect of ourselves ... I want to apologise to the supporters. I am sorry that they had to watch that."
It might not sound that ferocious, but by Sven's standards it was an apocalyptic tirade of rage. Expect Leicester to spend heavily (again) in the January window if such a performance is repeated in the coming weeks.
Can Reyes stop the rot at Brighton?
Monday's night Championship showdown sees freefalling Brighton entertain West Ham at The Amex, with the Seagulls new loan signing Gonzalo Jara Reyes expected to make his debut for Gus Poyet's team.
The arrival of the Chile international from West Brom could be just the fillip Brighton need. After a rip-roaring start they've gone six games without a win and slid from top spot to mid-table, perhaps suffering a natural comedown after the heady dawn of life at their impressive new stadium.
West Ham arrive on the back of a loss to Southampton, but with the chance to move into second with a win on the south coast.
Teenage kicks for Mason Bennett
The big story on Saturday was Derby striker Mason Bennett, who became the club's youngest player in their 127-year history when he turned out against Middlesbrough, aged 15 years and 99 days.
To make you feel old, Bennett was born during Euro 96, which makes him comfortably young enough to call most of us mum or dad. As for Nigel Clough, he could just about be Bennett's grandfather. The Derby manager saw his team beaten 2-0, but was full of praise for his lamb amongst Rams after the game.
"He's not bad for a kid of 15 years and 99 days is he?" Clough said of Bennett. "It was a very mature debut. He got a little tired towards the end and gave the ball away a few times but to play at this level like that was very impressive. He is a very exciting prospect.
"He's done very well but we can't expect that in every game and he won't be involved every week. That's too much to expect. He'll be back training with the under-18s next week because it is half-term from school."
Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes made it two hat-tricks in a row against Preston, condemning Phil Brown's team to a third straight League One defeat.
Rhodes has raced to 11 goals in all competitions for Huddersfield this season, with a further five scored on duty with Scotland Under-21s. "I've played with some of the best strikers in the world and I have never seen them have this type of score ratio," said Huddersfield manager Lee Clark.
It's still early days in League One, but the possibility of a promotion showdown between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United is already looming large.
The pair drew 2-2 in a thrilling derby last weekend, and both are inside the play-off places with around a third of the season gone. For now it's Wednesday with the advantage - having beaten Colchester 2-0 on Saturday, while United were denied by a last-gasp equaliser at Leyton Orient.
Aldershot warm up for wounded United
League Two Aldershot got the ideal preparation for their Carling Cup meeting with Manchester United on Tuesday night, romping to a 5-2 win away at Dagenham and Redbridge.
Before hopes of an upset get too high, however, it's worth noting they'd lost their previous five on the spin.