United have failed to beat City in their last 4 meetings. The red side of Manchester has never lost five consecutive derbies. For a team that was extremely comfortable with local hegemony, it is a bitter pill to swallow. Ahead of this clash at Old Trafford, we took a look back at some of the most memorable encounters between the two sides.
20th September, 2009: Manchester United 4 – 3 Manchester City
Carlos Tevez’ controversial summer switch added some extra spice to this 2009 encounter, which signalled the beginning of City’s legitimate campaign to dethrone United as the best team in Manchester. The blues levelled things three times in total as the two teams went goal for goal in a game that featured a Craig Bellamy wonder-goal, with none other than Michael Owen eventually banging in a winner deep into Fergie time.
23rd October, 2011: Manchester United 1 – 6 Manchester City
United’s worst home defeat since 1955 began with two goals from Mario Balotelli, which gave him all the excuse he needed to reveal his infamous ‘Why Always Me?’ tee shirt.
April 21st, 2001: Manchester United 1 – 6 Manchester City
Four years before this tie Roy Keane had lined up against Alf-Inge Haaland when United had taken on Leeds. The pair had clashed throughout the game, and when Keane attempted to trip Haaland, his studs were caught in the turf. Keane tore his cruciate ligament, and whilst he rolled in agony on the grass, Haaland let him know exactly how he felt about what he saw as play-acting to avoid a yellow card. Keane never forgot the encounter, and even after the red card that he duly received for this horror challenge showed no signs of remorse, saying that “what goes around comes around”.
Ferguson stuck by Roy Keane throughout. ‘He could’ve been killed’, Sir Alex…
12th February, 2011: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
Nani opened the scoring at Old Trafford, putting United one nil up before Dzeko fired a hopeless shot into Silva’s back that somehow found the net – but all of this was just a warm up act for the Wayne Rooney Bicycle Kick Extravaganza.
Perhaps the shock of scoring probably the best goal he will ever score (was a bit of a shin-er anyway, no?) was too much for Wayne, who celebrated in uncharacteristic elegance.
September 23rd, 1989: Manchester City 5 - 1 Manchester United
Winding back the years slightly to a time when matches between these sides were not the polished affair they are today. The teams were taken off the pitch just 3 minutes in, and when they returned the newly promoted City ran riot, scoring 5 fantastic goals. The last and the pick of the bunch was converted by Ian Bishop, with a driving header to the far post. The ‘Maine Road Massacre’ as it came to be known would be the last time City would beat United in 13 years.