Bruno Fernandes.

Is United's record at the Etihad under-rated?

Thursday 03 March 2022 10:59

Manchester City are currently top of the Premier League and are, obviously, much respected rivals for United yet it would seem fair to argue that the Reds' record at the home of the champions can sometimes be overlooked.

Ralf Rangnick will take his side across town on Sunday afternoon hoping to boost our hopes of a top-four place following the setback of being held to a goalless draw by Watford last weekend.

Many pundits believe City are strong favourites to come out on top and complete the double after their 2-0 win at Old Trafford in November.

However, despite the 19-point gap in the table, there is every reason to believe the Reds can upset the formbook again.

See how United won the 185th derby last season at the Etihad Stadium.

The fact is United have won over half of our games against the Blues at the stadium they moved to from Maine Road in 2003.

This remarkable statistic does not lean heavily on harking back to Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure either - our first game there was a chastening 4-1 defeat in 2004 - even if, just over three years later, we took a huge step towards another title with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty and Edwin van der Sar's late save from Darius Vassell's spot-kick.

More recently, the Reds have won on four of our last five visits to the Blues' home, in all competitions, and only lost one of our last seven outings there.

Our impressive away run against our neighbours began in 2016, when Marcus Rashford bagged the only goal for Louis van Gaal's side. A goalless draw followed in 2016/17 before a remarkable turnaround delayed City's title celebrations in 2018, with Paul Pogba scoring twice in quick succession and Chris Smalling grabbing the winner.

City's only recent home win over us came in November 2018, when they gained a 3-1 victory but United have won on each of the last three trips to the Etihad Stadium. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored in a 2-1 triumph, Nemanja Matic's goal earned a win on the night (but not on aggregate) in the League Cup and Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw did the damage in a comfortable 2-0 success last year.

Of course, anything can happen in a derby but past history tells us there should be no need for any trepidation ahead of Sunday's encounter, even if it does present a difficult challenge.


P21 W11 D2 L8


7/4/18: W 3-2 (Pogba 2, Smalling)
11/11/18: L 1-3 (Martial)
7/12/19: W 2-1 (Rashford, Martial)
29/1/20: W 1-0 (Matic)
7/3/21: W 2-0 (Fernandes, Shaw)