Manchester City v Manchester United: Five of the best derby matches

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Manchester United and Manchester City square off on Sunday so we thought it would be a good time to look back at some classic encounters from down the years.

United 4 – 3 City – September 2009, Old Trafford

One of the best derbies ever, City fans may disagree. It was a back and forward game, which saw United take the lead three times through Rooney and two from Fletcher, every time though Mark Hughes’ City side fought back with goals from Gareth Barry and Craig Bellamy.

After Bellamy had equalised in the 90th minute we all though it would end all square but Fergie time struck again with Michael Owen scoring his first league goal in the 96th minute to win the game, Mark Hughes was not a happy man.

United 1-6 City – October 2011, Old Trafford

One of the most astonishing results in Premier League history. A day to forget for everyone involved with Manchester United as their rivals ran riot on their own pitch. City entered the game with real hopes of a title challenge after strengthening in the previous transfer window.

Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for the visitors and they didn’t look back, two from Dzeko, Aguero, Silva and another for Balotelli rounded off an historic win. Jonny Evans got sent off and Darren Fletcher scored a late consolation but it was the blue half of Manchester’s day.

City 2-3 United – December 2012, Etihad Stadium

Two early strikes from Wayne Rooney put Manchester United into a commanding position and they looked on course to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Champions were not going to lie down though, goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta looked to have salvaged a point from the game. It wasn’t to last though as Robin van Persie scored a late deflected free kick (Samir Nasri we’re talking about you!) gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s men all three points and a big step towards another title.

City 4-1 United – March 2004, Etihad Stadium

This result capped of a disastrous week for Manchester United as they were dumped out of Europe by Porto. Manchester City took full advantage of a team low on confidence by taking a two-goal lead with strikes from Robbie Fowler and John Macken before Paul Scholes pulled one back for United.

There was no comeback this time with Trevor Sinclair pouncing on a Mikael Silvestre mistake to restore their lead and Shaun Wright Phillips scoring a wonderful solo goal to top off a great day for the Blues.

This was a derby from a different era before Manchester City became a force in the Premier League, the scoreline might have been harsh on United but City fans won’t care one bit.

United 0-1 City – April 1974, Old Trafford

One of the most famous games in this Derby’s history because the result relegated Manchester United into the second division. It was even more painful for United fans as it was Dennis Law, Old Trafford’s hero, who scored the goal that sealed their fate. A wonderful back-heeled goal was the winner but Law was said to be distraught at what he had done to his former team.

Law was immediately substituted after scoring the winning goal; he couldn’t believe that he has condemned United to relegation.

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