Former Man United referee Howard Webb has completed his controversial move to local rivals Man City.
Webb completed the shock move on Saturday, and made his debut in yesterday’s game against newly-promoted Southampton.
The former Old Trafford crowd-favourite made an immediate impact as he earned his new club a penalty, which was saved by Saint’s keeper Kelvin Davies after a tame spot-kick from David Silva.
However, it wasn’t long before Webb’s trickery led to City taking the lead.
A lofted ball over the top found Carlos Tevez, and Webb skillfully waved away appeals for offside to allow the Argentinian to fire home.
Webb signs for City
Despite an impressive first-half performance, Webb was at fault for Southampton’s equaliser after he showed an uncharacteristic lack of concentration in which he failed to book Ricky Lambert for a blatant attempt on goal.
A surprised Lambert took advantage of the mistake and kept his cool to slot the ball into the net.
Things went from bad to worse for Webb as he allowed Southampton’s players to remain on the pitch, leading to Steven Davis firing Southampton into a surprise lead.
Webb had his team-mates to thank as goals from Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri gave City a winning start to the season.
Man City boss Roberto Mancini was full of praise for Webb after the match.
“I thought Howard was excellent in the first-half,” he said.
“He tired in the second-half, but I think that was down to a lack of match fixness…..fitness, I meant fitness.”