In a weekly series, The OxStu compiles a top five list of all things football, from Premier League to pundits. This week, with an intriguing Manchester derby to come on Sunday, we look some of the best matches that the local rivals have produced over the years. Feel free to join in the debate by commenting in the box below.
United 1 City 6 23/10/11
In a match that seemed to signal a shift in the balance of power between the Manchester rivals, City dismantled United, who had Jonny Evans sent off when one goal down, to go five points clear at the top of the table. Mario Balotelli’s goal, accompanied by the now-infamous “Why Always Me?” T-shirt, had put City one goal up going into the break, but an extraordinary second half saw Balotelli notch another, before Aguero added a third. In an incredible last few minutes City scored three more to secure a memorable and crucial victory, as they went on to win their first Premier League title on goal difference.
Watch out for: That Balotelli celebration
United 4 City 3 20/09/09
An early season clash between champions United and newly-christened “noisy neighbours” City produced a match recently voted as the greatest in the twenty years of the Premier League. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring early on, before a Ben Foster error allowed Gareth Barry to equalise. Darren Fletcher and Craig Bellamy grabbed one each, before Fletcher’s second ten minutes from time seemed to have won it for United. A mistake from Rio Ferdinand allowed Craig Bellamy to run through and seemingly secure a point for City, before Michael Owen latched onto Ryan Giggs’ through-ball in the 96th minute and slotted the ball past Shay Given to give United a thrilling victory.
Watch out for: Ben Foster reminding everyone why United let him go.
United 5 City 0 10/11/94
A dark time for City fans (they failed to win a single Manchester derby in the 1990s) was summed up by this hammering. Andrei Kanchelskis bagged a hat-trick a United tore apart their rivals. Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes added to Kanchelskis’ three to secure a miserable day for City, in what was to be a disappointing season for both sides, as City just avoided relegation while United lost out to Blackburn in the race for the title.
Watch out for: A raft of current pundits showing off their skills, including Niall Quinn, Roy Keane, and Peter Beagrie.
United 0 City 1 27/04/74
A game falsely remembered as the one that relegated United (other results would have sent the Red Devils down anyway), this match is nevertheless memorable for Denis Law’s refusal to celebrate against his former side. Law’s 81st-minute winner precipitated a pitch invasion by United fans, forcing the referee to abandon the game. The Football League decided that the result should stand, and Law retired from professional football that summer.
Watch out for: A superb chip from Dennis Tueart that comes back off the bar
City 3 United 3 06/11/71
A dramatic game between two teams first and third in the table, goals from Sammy McIlroy and Brian Kidd put United two goals up, before City clawed it back to make it 2-2. Alan Gowling deflected in Aston’s shot to put United ahead again, but again City grabbed the equaliser, Mike Summerbee scoring to seal a crucial draw for the team in blue, who eventually finished four points ahead of the Old Trafford side.
Watch out for: Colin Bell graphically demonstrating George Best diving
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