Manchester United and Manchester City have a long history of rivalry. Whenever these two opponents face each other, football fans are provided with a great sporting spectacle.
In the Manchester Derby, both teams expend all their energy to earn the bragging rights. According to Richard Dunne, who made over 350 appearances for City between 2000 and 2009, the derby was ‘the greatest match of the year’.
“When I was playing, it meant everything to City fans. For us, it was the biggest game of the year,” he said.
“Manchester United was competing with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool for the Premier League. Manchester City was just another game.
“But it then became a title decider almost. It was no longer a just a derby that meant a lot to City and not so much to United.
“Maybe as a City fan, you might have feared the derby in previous years thinking: ‘We might get hammered here’, to then relishing it.
“From it being just a big game for City to a title challenge in a couple of years was a huge difference in mindset for both sets of fans and both sets of players.
“It had that period where the game meant everything and not just in terms of local bragging rights.”
1- Man City 6 Manchester United 1 (2011)
By the year 2011, Manchester City were no longer easy opponents for Manchester United as the influx of money from the new Abu Dhabi ownership turned them into a formidable force in England. And they were at their destructive best in the Old Trafford encounter in October 2011. This was the game that left Sir Alex Ferguson ruing his ‘worst ever day’ in charge of the club.
Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for City in the first half, but the real destruction began after the interval. Following the marching orders of Jonny Evans, the Sky Blues struck an unbelievable five goals to claim an emphatic victory against their arch-rivals.
2- Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3 (2012)
City claimed the 2011-12 Premier League title in the most dramatic fashion. United were very eager to take their revenge and the best opportunity for them came in December.
Wayne Rooney struck two early goals to get his side into a very strong position of victory. However, the Sky Blues made a comeback through goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta. The match looked to be heading towards a draw but a brilliant free-kick from Robin van Persie decided the fate of the contest in favor of United.
3- Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3 (2009)
This was one of the best Manchester Derbies of all time. City splashed over £100million in the summer transfer window of 2009, bringing in Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Joleon Lescott. But still Manchester United managed to claim victory over their arch-rivals.
Rooney got his team ahead very early in the game but Barry managed to equalize for the Citizens soon. Fletcher twice struck for United in the second half but both times Bellamy cancelled out the advantage. The Red Devils ultimately emerged victorious deep into stoppage time when Michael Owen scored a superb goal from Ryan GIggs’s pass.