Match Rewind: Four Manchester derbies to choose from
There’s nothing like a good win over your local rivals.
That’s why, for the latest edition of our Match Rewind campaign, we’re asking you to choose between four momentous Manchester United victories against Manchester City in the Premier League.
All you need to do is vote for your favourite! The winning match will be streamed, in full and for free, on ManUtd.com and via MUTV's on-demand service tomorrow (Tuesday) at 19:00 GMT.
Now, we know there have been plenty of Premier League derby wins to cherish over the years – 23, to be exact – but here are reminders of the four we’ve put forward in our poll…
UNITED 5-0 CITY (1994/95)
After a relatively slow start to the 1994/95 campaign, the Reds really started to hit our straps in the autumn, and came into this derby on the back of four consecutive wins in the league. City were nine points behind in eighth, but, after a reasonable opening 20 minutes, were blown away in what is fondly recalled by many United fans as the ‘Demolition Derby’. Eric Cantona got proceedings under way, latching on to Andrei Kanchelskis’s crossfield pass to convert. Scorer then turned provider – twice – allowing the Russian to notch either side of half-time and leave Brian Horton’s side reeling. Mark Hughes slid in to add to the Blues’ mounting pile of misery, before Kanchelskis completed his treble – via, of course, the wonderful Cantona – at the death.
UNITED 4-3 CITY (2009/10)
The return to Old Trafford for Carlos Tevez, this time wearing a blue shirt, added spice to what was an already hotly-contested fixture. However, it was the Argentinian’s former strike partner Wayne Rooney who fired home first, slotting in after two minutes. Tevez then played a major part in City’s leveller, dispossessing Ben Foster to allow Gareth Barry a simple tap-in, before later hitting a post. Darren Fletcher rose above his marker on 49 minutes to nod home, but again United’s lead was short-lived – Craig Bellamy unleashing a rocket from distance to draw our neighbours level. The two sides traded goals once again in the final 10 minutes – Fletcher with another header, Bellamy capitalising on Rio Ferdinand’s mistake – but in the sixth minute of injury time and with City boss Hughes pleading for the whistle to be blown, it happened. Ryan Giggs’s inch-perfect pass found substitute Michael Owen through on goal and he relied on his predatory instincts to send Old Trafford into complete and utter pandemonium. Sir Alex Ferguson echoed the thoughts of many when, after everyone had calmed down, he labelled this ‘the best derby of all time’.
CITY 2-3 UNITED (2012/13)
The Reds travelled to the Etihad three points clear at the top of the Premier League, although reigning champions City were still unbeaten and hadn’t actually lost at home since December 2010. That record looked under threat as quickfire goals from Wayne Rooney had United two up and cruising after just half an hour. Roberto Mancini’s side were noted for their comebacks, though, and Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta scrambled home in the second half to set up a grandstand finish. The blue crowd bayed their favourites on towards a winner, but there was a sting in the tail: Robin van Persie’s whipped free-kick, taking the slightest of deflections off Samir Nasri, beat Joe Hart and United fans had an early Christmas present.
CITY 2-3 UNITED (2017/18)
Our crosstown rivals required just three points to secure the earliest league title in Premier League history and, two goals clear at the break thanks to Vincent Kompany’s header and Ilkay Gundogan’s clever turn-and-finish, the Etihad was preparing for the mother of all celebrations. The Blues didn’t count on a remarkable comeback from a revitalised United, however. Paul Pogba slammed in from Ander Herrera’s chested pass, before heading home Alexis Sanchez’s lofted through-ball and, out of nowhere, the Reds were level. The disbelieving travelling support soon had more to cheer, when Chris Smalling sidefooted us into the lead. The last 20 minutes were uncomfortable to say the least, but, thanks to some brave defending and typically brilliant David De Gea reflexes, the Reds held on to consign the champions-in-waiting to their only home defeat all season.
HOW TO VOTE
After delving into the written archives, it’s now time to vote for which particular derby you want to see a full video replay of, in the Match Rewind live blog.
Be quick, though – the poll closes at 16:00 GMT on Tuesday, so we can get everything ready to stream the match later that evening, at 19:00 GMT.
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