All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Sunday for another massively anticipated Manchester derby, for a fixture which has thrown up plenty of entertainment since City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008:
Securing a 3-0 victory in March 2014 was breathtakingly easy for City, who were totally superior to their rivals throughout. Edin Dzeko gave them the lead from close range in the very first minute, and as United continued to toil and show a complete lack of ideas, it got embarrassing for them in the second half.
Dzeko added his second of the evening 11 minutes into the second half with a fine volley at the near post, before the in-form Yaya Toure put the icing on the cake with a low shot in the closing stages.
Wayne Rooney has scored plenty of memorably brilliant goals in his career, but arguably his best was the 20-yard bicycle kick which won the derby in February 2011, where he reacted quickest to a deflected cross.
The goal lit up a match which was often lacking in serious entertainment, and proved to be the winner for United, who had earlier taken the lead when Luis Nani expertly converted Ryan Giggs’ excellent pass on 41 minutes, before City equalised in fortunate circumstances when Edin Dzeko’s shot deflected in off teammate David Silva.
Most Emphatic Victory
Nobody associated with Man City will ever forget their 6-1 thrashing of their neighbours at Old Trafford in October 2011. Mario Balotelli scored the first two with assured finishes either side of half-time, the first of them producing a ‘celebration’ that has become iconic.
United were then reduced to 10 men when Jonathan Evans saw red for a professional foul, paving the way for Sergio Aguero. The hosts pulled one back through a fine Darren Fletcher effort, but City ran riot in the closing stages as David Silva produced a composed finish either side of an Edin Dzeko double.
Most Dramatic Finish
Michael Owen’s finest moment in a Man Utd shirt was scoring the winner in a thrilling derby in September 2009, with the final kick of the game. Man City were left crestfallen after Gareth Barry and the outstanding Craig Bellamy had looked to have secured them a well-deserved point, but Owen converted from another Ryan Giggs pass to spark delirious scenes among the home fans.
Wayne Rooney had put United ahead inside two minutes, and after Barry had levelled following goalkeeper Ben Foster’s mistake, goals from Darren Fletcher were twice cancelled out by Bellamy.
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