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Manchester derby voted season's best clash

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Manchester derby voted season's best clash (©GettyImages)
Manchester derby voted season's best clash (©GettyImages).

GMF recently conducted a poll concerning ‘what you the fans thought has been the best Premier League game of the season so far’.

With over 66,000 votes cast, it seems that the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford takes first choice with 42% of the overall votes, ahead of Chelsea’s 3-3 home draw at Stamford Bridge when they faced the Red Devils.

The match was astonishing on the eye, with City eventually coming out 6-1 winners in what turned out to be a humiliation for Sir Alex Ferguson's men – the United boss described the match as ‘suicidal’ and a ‘horrible defeat’ for the club – which of course is music to the ears of all associated with the blue half of Manchester.

United however, will have the chance to redeem the catastrophe that was the defeat in the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on April 30th in what could in turn be the title decider.

In second place, with 24% of the votes, was Chelsea’s 30 minute disaster at Stamford Bridge.

With the scoreline at 3-0, the Blues seemed to be cruising to victory. But, with 58 minutes on the clock, Wayne Rooney started the United revival when he converted the first of two penalties passed Petr Cech.

The comeback was complete when ‘super sub’ Javier Hernandez nodded home to make the game all square – with United reinstating their place as the comeback kings.

Andre Villas-Boas’ men were on the wrong end of another spectacular game, as they hosted Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

With 17% of the votes, the fans felt this topsy-turvy encounter deserved third place in the rankings.

Arsene Wenger's team ran out 5-3 winners in the end, with Dutch striker Robin Van Persie bagging himself a hat-trick on the way in what was a match that could have gone either way.

The home side did take the lead on two occasions in West London with English duo Frank Lampard and John Terry leaving the side 2-1 up at half time.

But four second half goals from the Emirates outfit left Chelsea fans shell shocked – with Theo Walcott dancing his way through the Chelsea backline to level the game.

The Dutch maestro then left the Blues defence for dead and struck two inside the final five minutes in front of the Shed end – leaving arsenal fans ecstatic with three points to their name.

It the most recent of games, 11% of GMF fans voted for the North London Derby at the Emirates stadium, where the home side again come from behind to clinch all three points and the bragging rights in London.

The weekend's fixture seemed to be heading towards a victory for the white side of North London as Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor put Spurs ahead just past the half hour mark. However, the Gunners rallied themselves and come storming back into the game leveling the match before the half time whistle.

Momentum swung into Arsenal's favour, with three second-half goals leaving Harry Redknapp's men looking for the exit as Walcott bagged a brace after Tomas Rosicky put the home side ahead in what turned out to be another dramatic derby.

The remaining 6% of votes were split between Manchester City’s late win against Tottenham and other high quality premier league match-ups, including United's 8-2 win against Arsenal in August.

Mario Balotelli hit the headlines after the City v Spurs clash, converting a penalty after Ledley King brought down the Italian in stoppage time. Additionally a stamp on Scott Parker from the striker sparked controversy after the match, which resulted in a four match ban for the forward.

The Premier League has produced some remarkable games this season and fans may have more to look forward to to with another Manchester derby on the horizon along with Spurs travelling to Stamford Bridge.

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