While Manchester United used to be the big boys in town, Manchester City are now leading the Barclays Premier League table, and are looking even more scary than at the start of the season when the two sides played one another in the Community Shield.
United taking down their banner counting how many years since City had won a trophy last season showed just how much times have changed as the sides edge closer together in England and across Europe.
But while City haven’t always been on the same footing as United, and vice versa in the past, the meetings between the two sides have always had a fiery quality to make it rather intimidating for any away fan.
1. Manchester City 5-1 Manchester United 1989
Sir Alex Ferguson had only been in charge of United for three years, and with the manager still finding his feet and building a squad with long-term trophy success, City ran riot, with David Oldfield, Ian Bishop, Andy Hinchliffe and Trevor Morley on the score sheet for the hosts. Ferguson said after the came that it was the most upsetting result he'd experienced.
Mark Hughes was able to score off a scissor-kick, which would be repeated many years later by Wayne Rooney, and the game had to be stopped for 10 minutes amidst crowd violence, with United fans sneaking into the City area.
2. Manchester United 4-1 Manchester City 1957
The derby, in hindsight, has a particularly sad tinge to it, as it was the last meeting between the two sides before the Munich Air Disaster that killed eight United players and three staff.
Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor, Johnny Berry and Dennis Viollet scored for United, of whom Edwards and Taylor died in the crash. The game was a sad showing of what could have been of the Busby Babes had the disaster not taken place.
3. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United 1974
City’s defeat was the cause of United’s relegation, with fans running wild as Denis Law, an ex-United player, scored the only goal to punish their cross-town rivals. Law refused to celebrate the goal, and had to be substituted after looking visibly upset on the pitch, and insists that scoring was one of his lifetime regrets.
4. Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United 1993
Down 2-0 at half time, thanks to a brace from Niall Quinn, United fans will feel particularly warm and fuzzy over this match.
Eric Cantona stepped up in the second half to get the Red Devils level, and Roy Keane scoring another of his famous last minute goals to get United over the line.
5. Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City 2009
Manchester City had just undergone a big-money makeover, and believed they had what it took to overtake a very successful United.
Wayne Rooney and Gareth Barry scored within 14 minutes to get the sides level, and going into the half time break, neither had any idea how exciting the second half would be.
Darren Fletcher put United in front, only to be canceled out by Craig Bellamy, then Fletcher took the lead again, and Bellamy spoiled his celebrations once more. At 3-3, Michael Owen scored in the 97th minute to seal the win and leave a protesting City in his wake. Ferguson called the game the best derby ever to be played between the two sides.
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