Premier League, Sunday 6 December 1992
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
(Ince 20, Hughes 73)
MANCHESTER CITY 1
United: Schmeichel; Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin; Sharpe, Robson, Ince, Giggs (Cantona 45); Hughes, McClair. Sub not used: Phelan.
City: Coton; Brightwell, Curle, Hill, Phelan; White, Simpson (Reid 55), McMahon, Holden; Quinn, Sheron (Flitcroft 65).
The Reds were sat in seventh place, 12 points behind surprise leaders Norwich City, when the first Manchester derby of the Premier League era kicked off.
Mark Hughes was the man in form for United, having scored the winner at Highbury in the previous game, but it was the presence of a new striker on the bench that had the home fans buzzing in anticipation. Eric Cantona's half-time introduction would give the Old Trafford faithful a glimpse of what was to come in the next four-and-a-half seasons.
Action: Paul Ince opened the scoring with a superb long-range strike to give the Reds the upper-hand in a feisty encounter that often threatened to boil over. After Hughes had wasted a good chance to put United ahead in the second half, he atoned for his earlier miss by rifling home from fully 30 yards to make it 2-0. Niall Quinn hit back from close range but the Reds hung on to claim the points and the bragging rights.
Reaction: League leaders Norwich were beaten at Old Trafford in the next game as the Reds continued an unbeaten run which would stretch ten games; by May, United would be champions of England for the first time in 26 years.