Top 5 — Man United, City’s most memorable Manchester derbies

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The Manchester derby is almost always memorable, for better or for worse depending on which half of the city you support. Here are five derbies, from the last decade, that really delivered the goods…

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Man United 0-3 Man City — Beginning of the end for Moyes — March 25, 2014

The David Moyes era last less than a full season at Old Trafford, the scene of a 3-0 derby day defeat for Manchester United toward the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season.

Edin Dzeko put the visitors ahead inside the first minute; Dzeko doubled Manchester City’s lead just before the hour mark; and Yaya Toure finished off the drubbing with a tally of his own in the 90th minute. Man City would go on to win the title, their second in three seasons, finishing two points ahead of Liverpool. Man United would finish seventh.

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Man City 2-3 Man United — RvP’s late winner — Dec. 9, 2012

In the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson‘s legendary managerial career, the Scotsman pulled a fast one on the rest of the PL signing star Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, who led the league in goals scored the season before, for a fee just shy of $30 million. The Dutchman would lead the league in scoring for a second straight season en route to his first (Ferguson’s 13th) league title.

It was RvP’s 14th goal of the season, which came in the 92nd minute, that deflected and looped off the outstretched leg of Samir Nasri and won the December derby for United. Wayne Rooney‘s first-half brace looked to have been thrown away when Toure and Pablo Zabaleta pulled the Citizens back to 2-2, but Nasri’s lazy efforts from within the free-kick wall ultimately proved the difference.

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Man United 1-6 Man City — Demolition job at Old Trafford — Oct. 23, 2011

City would go on to win their first top-division title since 1968 in the same season they hit Ferguson’s men with a 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford. How sweet those 10 months must have been for City supporters — the final half-hour of the final game of the season notwithstanding.

It was the worst home defeat United had suffered since 1955, and it sent City five points clear of everyone else. It was the first time United had conceded a half-dozen at Old Trafford since 1930. It could have just as easily been 7-1, or 8-1. Mario Balotelli, who made headlines earlier in the week by setting off fireworks inside his house, scored either side of halftime and revealed his famous “Why Always Me?” shirt, before Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (twice) and David Silva completed the rout.

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Man United 2-1 Man City — Rooney’s overhead kick — Feb. 12, 2011

A goal — and photo — you’ll never forget. City were still in search of their first league title — they wouldn’t get theirs until the following season, as the 2010-11 crown was to be Ferguson’s penultimate, his 12th — but they were getting closer. The two sides entered this end-of-winter derby just five points apart at the top of the table.

Nani put the Red Devils ahead not long before halftime, but David Silva equalized on 65 minutes. Then, in the 78th minute, Nani’s cross was deflected and sent looping high into the air at Old Trafford. Rooney read it first, arrived at the spot, threw his body into the air, and struck the ball (with his shin) for one of the most memorable, iconic goals in PL history. United won the title by nine points that season.

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Man United 4-3 Man City — Owen’s Fergie Time winner — Sept. 20, 2009

Don’t you miss Fergie Time? Probably not, unless you’re a supporter of the red half of Manchester. Back in the early days of the 2009-10 season, referee Martin Atkinson let the early-season derby at Old Trafford go on, and on, and on. Four minutes of stoppage time were signaled, but after four minutes, and five minutes, no whistle.

Then, Michael Owen, in one of his few noteworthy contributions to the club, found a pocket of space before latching onto Ryan Giggs‘ through ball and striking a perfect, right-footed shot past Shay Given, just inside the far post. City had just “arrived” on the scene as oil-rich players to be reckoned with, but for this day in the fall of 2009, little brother was harshly put back into his place.

Newcastle win dampened by Saint-Maximin injury

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Steve Bruce has seen Newcastle up to 10th in the table after topping Southampton 2-1, but the news wasn’t all good at St. James Park after the victory.

The Magpies boss confirmed that Allan Saint-Maximin  could be out “for weeks” after pulling up deep into stoppage time, coming off in the 96th minute after all three Newcastle substitutes had been used.

Bruce partly blamed himself for the injury, claiming he nearly rested the Frenchman for the match. “I nearly left him out today,” Bruce said after the game, “and, now, I wish I had done because he could be out for weeks. I’m disappointed with myself. We don’t know how serious it is. I kick myself if he is out for a long time. The way he pulled up – let’s hope it’s not too serious.”

The manager claims Saint-Maximin was “fatigued” but risked him anyways. He could have brought the 22-year-old off at some point during the second half, but with the game level until Federico Fernandez’s 87th minute winner, he chose to risk it further looking for a winner. Bruce used his third and final substitute in the 85th minute to haul off Miguel Almiron still two minutes before the eventual winning goal was scored. And it wasn’t just Steve Bruce who thought he could miss significant time.

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Saint-Maximin struggled with a muscle injuries earlier in the season, missing games against Norwich City, Watford, and Liverpool while getting treatment. Since returning in full in early October, Saint-Maximin has played in every Premier League game for Newcastle, completing at least 80 minutes in eight of those nine games and finishing 90 minutes four times.

The injury is poorly timed with Newcastle set to begin a heavy set of fixtures. They take on Burnley next weekend before games against Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Everton, and Leicester City all in an eleven-day span through the holiday season. Saint-Maximin is a critical player to have go down, with a 7.07 WhoScored rating, ranking third on the team in that metric. He has completed 4.5 dribbles a game this season, which ranks second in the Premier League behind Wilfried Zaha‘s 4.6 despite having played five fewer games and 550 fewer minutes.

Ciaran Clark also went down during the game, with the Newcastle defender hauled off at halftime after suffering a calf injury.

Wolves, Seagulls split spoils at the Amex

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Wolves failed in a bid to pull within three points of fourth place, drawing Brighton 2-2 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

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Diogo Jota scored twice in a 4-goal first half, with Neal Maupay and Davy Propper bagging goals for Brighton. The Seagulls remain 12th with 19 points.


Three things we learned

1. Wolves’ blink at Top Four chance: Wolves entered the day with a chance to close to within three points of fourth place Chelsea, and Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men next face Spurs, Norwich City, Man City, and Liverpool. They needed three points here. Not for lack of effort, they couldn’t conjure the magic.

2. Jota calm in the finish: Jota scored his second and third Premier League goals of the season, joining his Europa League success to give him six. He added five assists in the UEL, and is averaging 2.5 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per contest.

 

3. Maupay paying off faith: The French center forward has blossoming into a steady Premier League contributor after his outlandish production in the Championship earned him a big money move to the Amex Stadium. His sixth goal in 16 matches now includes goals against Wolves, Spurs, Everton, and Arsenal.

Man of the Match: Jota.


Brighton had most of the ball for the first half hour, but could’ve solve the Wolves back line.

Jota put Wolves ahead via a clever 1-2 with Raul Jimenez to get behind the line, prodding home for 1-0.

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The lead lasted all of six minutes, as Maupay and Propper struck two minutes apart.

Maupay’s was a fine finish of a long Dale Stephens assist, while Propper headed a Leandro Trossard cross past Rui Patricio in the 36th.

Propper then fell from grace with a miserable pass stolen by Jonny Otto, the wingback finding Jota for his second goal of the night.

Wolves thought VAR might give them a penalty for handball in the 62nd minute, to no avail.

It was Wolves’ turn to give away a huge chance, but Stephens curled the effort wide of the far post in the 72nd minute.

Forster stars as 10-man Celtic beat Rangers, claim 10th-straight trophy

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At some point, Rangers supporters will be forgiven for thinking Celtic doesn’t have all the luck in Scotland.

The Bhoys, second best for most of the day, scored a 60th minute goal and then overcame a red card three minutes later to claim their 10th successive piece of Scottish silverware with a 1-0 win the Scottish League Cup.

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Celtic’s Chris Jullien prodded home a free kick before 18-year-old Jeremie Frimpong was sent off, and Rangers had already controlled the proceedings before seeing a 16-5 edge in shot attempts at the final whistle.

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster, the former Saints and Newcastle man, was outstanding in the win, even stopping an Alfredo Morelos penalty as the Rangers star failed to deliver.

From the BBC:

“It was just one of them days, it went my way today. I’m buzzing. There’s been days when it’s not gone my way, today it has. I can’t say how much it means to me. I didn’t really think about the penalty to be honest. I picked the way it went. I’ll take it.

“That’s why I came back; to play in games like this, to win silverware, to play European football.”

Rodgers: “Historic day” as Leicester City extends win streak

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Of course it’s early, but it looks like Leicester City is the Premier League’s lone bright hope of challenging Liverpool for the title.

And yeah, that’s a big deal, even after the Foxes claimed the most inexplicable title in top flight history just four seasons ago.

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But the Foxes remain leery about embracing their title credentials, even after setting a club record by winning their eight-straight via a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.

“I thought they were amazing,” said Brendan Rodgers. “It is a historical day for the club and the performance warranted that. It really does mean something special, it puts the team in the history books of Leicester City.”

Okay, but… just a little bit about the title fight, Brendan? No?

Perhaps goal scoring defender Jonny Evans would take the bait.

“We are up there and it shows we are playing well. Our performance was good, against one of the best Villa teams I faced in years. It shows we are capable of coming away and getting results. It is nice people are talking about us, we’re enjoying it and there’s great spirit in the club.”

Leicester is eight points back of first, the only team within 10 points of Liverpool. Man City is 14 back and Chelsea 17.

The Foxes host Norwich City before its next stretch of proving ground arrives via a League Cup quarterfinal at Everton prefaces league matches versus Man City and Liverpool.