3 of the best Manchester derbies in the English Premier League era

3 of the best Manchester derbies in the English Premier League era

With the big Manchester derby looming this weekend, we’ve decided to relive 3 of the greatest matches between City and United.

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City will host the Red devils at the Etihad stadium in what will be the 177th clash between the 2 teams.

United have the edge as you’d imagine considering their league dominance and City’s previous battles with relegation in the past.

Although the Cityzens lead the league standings and United sit in 8th, a derby remains very unpredictable by nature.

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City (12 April 2015)

It was the Ashley Young show on this occasion as the English winger scored 1 and assisted 2.

United were winless in their previous 4 derbies so were desperate to get back to winning ways.

David Silva opened the scoring but Young soon equalised for United.

He then set up Maroune Fellaini for the second. Juan Mata scored the 3rd with a neat finish past Joe Hart.

Chris Smalling added the icing on the cake with the 4th after being set up by Young.

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Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (20 September 2009)

Derbies often fail to live up to the hype but this one may have even exceeded expectations.

The 7-goal thriller had a bit of everything, including a dramatic stoppage-time winner.

United legend, Wayne Rooney, opened the scoring on that eventful day with Gareth Barry scoring the leveller.

City then fell behind again to a Darren Fletcher strike.

However, City refused to lay down as Craig Bellamy soon scored.

It seemed a case of tit-for-tat as Fletcher scored again to give United the lead.

With 10 minutes to play, City never gave up and Bellamy looked to have snuck them a point with his 90th minute equaliser.

Incredibly, the drama wasn’t over as the referee awarded 6 minutes of injury time.

The infamous “Fergie-time” worked a treat for the Red devils as Michael Owen scored the winner deep into stoppage time.

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (23 October 2011)

Who could ever forget Mario Balotelli’s iconic goal celebration when he revealed a shirt with the caption, “Why always me.”

This match will live long in the memories of both sets of fans for completely different reasons.

It was United’s biggest ever defeat at home since 1955.

Balotelli scored the opener as Mancini’s City dominated the play.

Jonny Evans received a red card and that effectively sealed United’s fate with Balotelli scoring his brace.

Incredibly, City scored 3 in 4 minutes thanks to a brace by Dzeko and a strike from David Silva.

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