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.
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.