Manchester United came into the derby knowing a victory would all-but seal the Premier League title, however Manchester City came to Old Trafford with other ideas.
The derby started with a fierce tempo, with either side exchanging blows. David Silva and James Milner both created decent crossing opportunities, but Manchester United defended well with some last ditch blocks.
The first quarter saw no real clear-cut chances, however both sides were linking up well and creating a series of attacks. Manchester City looked the more dominant of the pair.
In the 26th minute Nasri scuffed wide a decent opportunity. City were in charge at this point, dominating possession. Although United looked a threat on the attack, they lacked conviction in the final third.
Towards the end of the second half, United started to impose their dominance. Rafael cam close in the 45th minute with a stab towards the goal clipped the top of the crossbar.
An end-to-end first half saw both teams level at the break. City enjoying the majority of the possession, but United looked dangerous on the counter-attack.
The 51st Minute saw James Milner give City the lead with a powerful deflected strike. Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City
The tempo of the game was not about to die down as the pace increased with a flurry of attacks from both sides.
A rocketing Robin van Persie free-kick caused madness in the Manchester City box in the 59th minute. The ball bounced off Phil Jones’ shoulder on to the back of an unknowing Vincent Kompany and found the back of the net, handing United the equaliser. It’s been granted a Vincent Kompany own goal.
Manchester United 1-1 Manchester City
Sergio Aguero replaced Samir Nasri for the last 20 minutes. Roberto Mancini looked eager to win this furious battle.
Ashley Young looked dangerous towards the end of the game, completing a series of important passes and hitting the target with an accurate strike. However it was Aguero who broke the deadlock with a fabulous strike in the 78th minute. Skipping past a few United players, Aguero did well to stay on his feet and smashed the ball past David de Gea at his near post. Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City.
United were determined to get something out of this fixture, and the game heated up. A couple of corners and free-kicks towards the end of the matched proved tricky for City, but they defended with bravery and held on for a well-deserved victory.
Full time - Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
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