Top 5 Manchester Derbies
This weekend sees two of the biggest clubs in the country, Manchester City and Manchester United contest one of the most intriguing Manchester derbies in years. On Sunday, the champions City will look to recover from their embarrassing loss to Newcastle in midweek whilst Louis van Gaal’s United look to build on their well deserved draw with Chelsea. With the Blue of the city having won five of the last six meetings between the sides, the Red Devil’s are looking to dispel the recent power shift.
With a classic encounter guaranteed, lets a have a look at the top five Manchester derbies from the last five years to whet the appetite:
5. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United 30/4/2012
Although far from one of the most thrilling of clashes, never had a derby had such critical importance with regards the title race. With City hunting down their neighbours, whoever won would make the title theirs to lose with three games to go. The nervous affair was decided, fittingly, by the home side’s captain Vincent Kompany who headed home empathically before half time. The result proved a hammer blow for United, as the win propelled the Blue’s to their first league title since 1968.
4. Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City 12/2/2011
A game remembered for one moment of brilliance, a winning goal that is one of the greatest the Premier League has ever seen. With the score locked at 1-1 via goals from Nani and a fortuitous equaliser deflecting of the back of David Silva, Wayne Rooney left his mark despite a terrible season. Nani wiggled free on the wing before curling in a deflected cross that headed kindly towards the English striker. Launching himself into the air, Rooney perfectly executed a bicycle kick with an incredibly sweet strike, sending the ball fizzing into the top corner.
Rooney’s ‘Mesiah’ celebration marked his stunning goal, as the win helped Manchester United on their way to a record 19th English league title.
3. Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City 23/10/2011
The match Sir Alex Ferguson called ‘the worst’ of his career, his Manchester United side were humbled in their biggest ever defeat in the Premier League. Despite the incredible seven goals, the score was a humble 1-0 at half time via Mario Balotelli who dually brandished his ‘Why always me?’ t-shirt in an infamous celebration. Whilst Darren Fletcher scored for United, the second half proved a massacre for the reigning champions. Another goal from Balotelli, a strike from Aguero, a brace from Dzeko and a David Silva finish confirmed the drubbing.
2. Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United 9/12/2012
An end to end encounter that was eventually settled by incredible late drama, in a match littered with goals, controversy and edge of the seat action. A rampant United burst out of the blocks quickly with Wayne Rooney silencing the Etihad Stadium with two early goals. The away side sat comfortably 2-0 at half time, yet a resilient City hit back with two quick fire goals of their own via Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. However, the eventual champions of the season would have the last laugh as Robin van Persie found the net on his derby debut. His whirling low free kick, gave United a late 3-2 win after a Nasri deflection fooled Joe Hart.
1. Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City 21/9/2009
One of the Premier League’s greatest ever games and yet another example of a dramatic derby settled deep into stoppage time with a late winner. The historic affair kicked off with a strike from Wayne Rooney who was having a dream season, only to be pegged back by a rare goal by Gareth Barry. Man of the match Darren Fletcher then had his say, scoring two fantastic headers either side of a screamer from Craig Bellamy to put United 3-2 up with the final whistle looming. With the result seemingly decided, a calamitous mistake from Rio Ferdinand played Bellamy through on goal who toe poked home from a tight angle.
It seemed that United had choked late on, their three points lost as Mark Hughes and the City fan’s jumped with joy. However, the infamous ‘Fergie time’ would play its role, as seven minutes into stoppage time the Red Devils scored a miraculous winner. Controlling the ball from an inch perfect Ryan Giggs pass, Michael Owen shot past Shay Given and into the Old Trafford net to seal the most incredible 4-3 win.
Kobe, YJA Sports Correspondent
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