Barclays Premier League
20 September, 2009, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED 4
Rooney 2, Fletcher 49, 80, Owen 90
MANCHESTER CITY 3
Barry 16, Bellamy 52, 90
United: Foster; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Park (Valencia 62), Fletcher, Anderson (Carrick 89), Giggs; Rooney, Berbatov (Owen 78)
City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge; Wright-Phillips, De Jong (Petrov 83), Barry, Ireland, Bellamy; Tevez.
We're looking back on the three City clashes so far this season. The first, back in September, was a classic, dubbed by Sir Alex as "probably the best derby game of all time", and boy did we enjoy the way it ended...
What's the story? City's huge injection of funds, signing Carlos Tevez (and cheap shot 'Welcome to Manchester' poster), plus having one of our former players as boss promising to shake up the league's status quo, got our backs up. This was a chance to put the Blues back in their place.
What happened on the pitch? Everything you'd want from a derby: passion, commitment, attacking football, plenty of goals and, of course, a dramatic, late United winner. The Reds led three times, each goal pegged back, twice due to defensive errors. Wayne Rooney scored after just two minutes, but Gareth Barry equalised from Ben Foster's fluffed clearance. Darren Fletcher scored two headers, but each time Craig Bellamy equalised; his second in added time after Rio Ferdinand gifted him the ball. But there was still 'Fergie time' left; Ryan Giggs' cute pass found Michael Owen in the box and he coolly poked the ball home in the 96th minute to spark delirious scenes inside OT.