On this day in 2009, Manchester United beat Manchester City 4-3 - where are the players 10 years on?


The Manchester derby is always a fiercely contested fixture. For decades, it was just about local pride.

But since City's rise and attempt to de-throne United as the best team in England, it's become so much more.  

We've been treated to some classics in the last few years and on this day in 2009 came perhaps the most dramatic Manchester derby in history.

The two sides clashed on September 20 at Old Trafford and it was United who came out on top, winning 4-3. 

The game was one of incredibly high intensity. The hosts were 3-2 up before Craig Bellamy scored in the 90th minute, appearing to salvage a draw.

But the visitors forgot about 'Fergie time' and six minutes later, Michael Owen popped up with the winner, sending the stadium into a state of euphoria. 

That match will go down in history, but what became of those who played on that famous afternoon a decade ago? Well, we've done some digging to help answer that question. 

Manchester United's starting XI

Ben Foster 

Foster started in goal that afternoon ahead of the aging Edwin van der Sar. He was expected to hold down that place once the Dutchman retired a couple of years later, but it didn't work out.

In fact, Foster was sold to Birmingham in 2010. He did help the club win the League Cup, but couldn't stop them from getting relegated. Now 36, he's since played for West Brom and Watford.

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John O'Shea

The Irishman was a cult hero at United but left the club in 2011 to join Sunderland. There he suffered back-to-back relegations before retiring in 2018. 

O'Shea is now part of the club's coaching staff. 

Rio Ferdinand

One of United's modern-day legends, Ferdinand left Old Trafford in 2014 for one season with QPR. He retired 12 months later and has since been on our screens as a pundit for BT Sport. 

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Nemanja Vidic

One of the Premier League's greatest defenders, Vidic left Manchester in 2014 and retired in 2016 after two seasons with Inter Milan, where he struggled.

He's done little since retirement, but his legacy certainly lives on. 

Patrice Evra

After the Frenchman left United in 2014, he found a lot of success with Juventus, winning two Serie A titles and reaching a Champions League final. 

Spells at Marseille and West Ham followed before Evra eventually announced his retirement last month. 

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Park Ji-sung

After retiring, Park took to studying a degree in management, law and humanities of sport at De Montfort University in Leicester. He even turned out for their football team while there - and that seems a little unfair!

Darren Fletcher

Fletcher left United in 2015 and played for two other English clubs - West Brom and Stoke. He left the latter at the end of last season and retired.

He's since been linked with the vacant sporting director role back in Manchester. 

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The Brazilian never lived up to the hype that suggested he was one of the best young prospects in world football.

He left United in 2015, favouring a return to his home country. But after three years he moved to Turkey.

Anderson played for Adana Demirspor until this Friday, when he announced retirement at the age of 31. 

Ryan Giggs

Giggsy retired in 2014 after a legendary career. He joined David Moyes' coaching staff and had a very short spell as United's interim manager himself in 2014.

He's now in charge of the Welsh national team and also co-owns Salford City with other members of the Class of '92. 

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Dimitar Berbatov

Berbatov also only retired earlier this month. He left United in 2012 and had spells with Fulham, Monaco, PAOK and Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters. 

Wayne Rooney

After becoming United's all-time top scorer in 2017, Rooney left to join Everton and is now playing out the twilight years of his career with DC United in the MLS. 

He'll return to England with Derby County in 2020 and will likely end his career in the Championship.

Michael Owen

Although he didn't start the game in 2009, Owen deserves a mention for stealing all three points. After retiring, the ex-striker has turned to work as a pundit. 

Most recently, he's been feuding with a few former teammates, including Alan Shearer and has just released a book.

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Manchester City's starting XI 

Shay Given 

After Joe Hart replaced Given as City's number one, he joined Aston Villa and then Stoke before retiring in 2018. He's now the goalkeeping coach at Derby.

Micah Richards

Despite high expectations, Richards' career was hampered by injury. He was released by City in 2015 and had a tough spell at Villa, before retiring earlier this year.


Kolo Toure

Toure retired in 2017 after winning a domestic treble with Celtic. He then transitioned onto the club's coaching staff and followed Brendan Rodgers to Leicester earlier this year. 

Joleon Lescott  

Lescott played for West Brom, Aston Villa, AEK Athens and Sunderland before retiring in 2017. Since hanging up his boots, he's returned to City to overlook their loan players. 

Wayne Bridge

The former City defender retired way back in 2014 but was thrust back into the public eye with an appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!' a few years later. He hasn't done much since.

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Gareth Barry

One of the few players who is yet to retire, Barry currently trains with West Brom and is expecting to sign a new contract once he recovers from a knee injury.

He's the Premier League's all-time record appearance maker, too. 

Nigel De Jong

After leaving City, De Jong played for AC Milan, LA Galaxy, Galatasaray, Mainz and Qatari side Al Ahli Doha. Talk about a modern-day globetrotter! 

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Wright-Phillips left England in 2015 and played in the MLS for the New York Red Bulls and Phoenix Rising. He retired as recently as last month. 

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Stephen Ireland

Injuries troubled Ireland throughout his time in Manchester and even after, during spells with Aston Villa and Stoke. 

After two months with Bolton in 2018, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent amid financial difficulties and Ireland is now looking for a new club. 

Craig Bellamy

Bellamy retired in 2014 and moved on to become part of Cardiff City's under-18s coach. Allegations of bullying saw him leave that role earlier this year.

The Welshman has since taken a job at Anderlecht, reuniting with former teammate Kompany. He's the club's U21 coach in Belgium. 


Carlos Tevez

After leaving the Etihad, Tevez played for Juventus and Boca Juniors before spending 18 months with Shanghai Shenhua in China, where he was apparently the highest-paid footballer in the world.

He's since returned to Argentina with Boca and still features for them at the age of 35. 

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