Who will rule in Manchester tonight?(credit: Gordon Flood
City and United do battle once again tonight and the match promises to be yet another memorable showdown between the Manchester rivals.
So, with kick-off just hours away, Football News are taking a look at some of the most memorable Manchester derbies.
United 4 City 3
September 21, 2009
Wayne Rooney fired the hosts ahead after just two minutes but City replied quickly as former United man Carlos Tevez took advantage of some poor play at the back to square the ball for Gareth Barry to slot home.
Darren Fletcher headed United back in front only for Craig Bellamy to rifle in the leveller, and it was the Scottish midfielder who again restored the Red Devils’ advantage with 10 minutes to go.
City thought they had snatched a point in added time when Martin Petrov capitalised on a moment of madness from Rio Ferdinand to play in Bellamy for the equaliser, but six minutes into added time Michael Owen coolly stabbed home the winner.
City 3 United 1
November 9, 2002
City went ahead inside five minutes when Nicolas Anelka stole possession from Rio Ferdinand and, after Shaun Goater’s initial effort was blocked by Fabian Barthez, the Frenchman stroked the ball home.
United levelled when Ole Gunnar Solksjaer slid in to fire a Ryan Giggs cross past former Red Devil Peter Schmeichel, but Gary Neville then handed the lead back to the hosts when he made a mess of an attempted backpass to Barthez, allowing Goater to slot the ball past the United goalkeeper.
And it was Goater who ensured City would win the least every derby game at Maine Road, producing a cool finish for his 100th goal for the club.
City 4 United 1
March 14, 2004
Robbie Fowler fired City in front after just three minutes as they looked to celebrate the first derby at the City of Manchester Stadium with a victory.
Jon Macken’s first-time volley then doubled their advantage, but United fought back and Paul Scholes gave them hope with a fine 20-yard strike.
However, a Mikael Sylvestre error gifted Trevor Sinclair the chance to restore City’s two-goal cushion and he duly obliged.
And Shaun Wright-Phillips’ fine strike then capped off a miserable week for United that had seen them crash out of Europe.