Manchester's Greatest Derby Matches

Manchester Derby

Manchester City will square off against United this Sunday at the Etihad for what promises to be an electric Manchester Derby.

It looks like both teams will be fielding strong sides, as Vincent Kompany looked good in his surprise return for the Blues against Plzen and Rooney is already back in action and scoring blinding goals for the Reds after his freak head injury.

In the run up to what promises to be a match to remember, we looked back at some of the iconic matches in the derby’s 130 year history.

1) The Denis Law Game 1974

This is one of the most infamous Manchester Derby matches. It occurred on the penultimate match of the season, with United trying to avoid relegation. With only 10 minutes left former United player Denis Law back heeled the ball into the net, securing the relegation of his old team with his last ever kick in League football. United supporters invaded the pitch in the last minutes of the game but the City win stood.

2) 2010-11 FA Cup Semi-Final

This derby was only the second FA Cup semi-final between both clubs and the first ever meeting at Wembley (new or old). City’s win knocked United out on the way to their ninth FA Cup Final, and led to the Blues first trophy since 1976. See our video below of our coach trip to the game, it contains exclusive footage from the game and really captures the exciting atmosphere of the day.


3) Greatest Premier League Game of 2012

Alex Ferguson said that the 2009-10 derby at Old Trafford was “probably … the best derby of all time”. In this game City equalised three times until Michael Owen scored the fourth and final goal in the 95th minute of the game, securing United’s victory. Ferguson’s opinion was confirmed when the match was voted as the greatest Premier League game of the season at the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards.


 4) Ferguson Out!

A 5-1 City win in September 1989 led to cries from the United fans of ‘Ferguson out’. Within the first 35 minutes David Oldfield, Trevor Morley and Ian Bishop had all scored against the Reds whilst Oldfield and Andy Hinchcliffe added another 2 goals after half time. Mark Hughes scored

5) Why Always Mario?

In October 2011 Mario Balotelli helped City smash United with a 6-1 victory at Old Trafford which put the Blues firmly on the path to winning the Premier League title by giving them a distinct edge on goal difference. The infamous Inter Milan forward celebrated his goal by revealing a t-shirt under his kit with the slogan ‘Why Always Me?’