Carling Cup semi-final, second leg
27 January 2010, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 3
Scholes 52, Carrick 71, Rooney 90
MANCHESTER CITY 1
United: Van der Sar; Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael (Brown 74); Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs, Scholes, Nani (Valencia 89); Rooney.
City: Given; Garrido (Ireland 64), Kompany, Richards, Zabaleta, Boyata; Wright-Phillips (Adebayor 72), de Jong, Barry; Bellamy, Tevez.
We've been looking back on the three City clashes so far this season. The third, January’s Carling Cup semi-final second leg, produced another dramatic and oh-so-satisfying denouement…
What's the story? City, trophyless for 34 years and taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg, start to get giddy about the prospect of a Wembley final. No, scratch that: "giddy" doesn't do justice to the mood in the Blue camp. Speaking to fans in New York, chairman Gary Cook says: "'When, not if, we are at Wembley, having beaten United yet again." Oh dear...
What happened on the pitch? For intensity, drama and fan fervour, this one stood shoulder to shoulder with the previous derby at OT. Rio Ferdinand was free to play, having appealed against the ban he received for violent conduct against Hull. City arguably had the better of the first half, but United were electric after the break and took control with neatly taken goals by Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick. Carlos Tevez, who had called Gary Neville a “sock sucker” on Argentinian radio before the game, poked home his third goal of the tie to level the scores again. But just as we were preparing for extra time, Wayne Rooney popped up with a last-gasp header from Ryan Giggs’ perfect cross to send OT wild again and