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Craig Moore’s Top 5 Greatest Manchester Derby Matches

March 7, 2021April 26th, 2022


Manchester derbies have always meant so much to the fans of both clubs and with Manchester City being able to throw around so much money, the success has not been seen so much of late for the Red Devils.
Here we look forward to another derby with teams in 1st and 2nd place but many already thinking they know who will be champions.
Can Manchester United bring the title to life or is this season already a dead rubber?
Here I will take a look back over the years and give you my top 5 derbies.









5 – Manchester United 3 def Manchester City 2 (November 1993)


This was a game that followed Manchester United exit against Galatasaray in the Champions League four days earlier and Man City were wanting bragging rights.
They found themselves in a great position and looking like Utd were feeling sorry for themselves.
City fans were singing about how Utd had lost that lead and in this game, it came back to haunt them.
Utd managed to come from behind and win 3-2 with 2 goals from Eric Cantona and a winner from a very young Roy Keane scoring in his first Manchester Derby.
Utd went on to win the title this year and the FA Cup.






4 – Manchester City 4  def Manchester United 1 (March 2004)



This season United visited the City of Manchester Stadium for the first time and were some way off Arsenal who were on the invincible run.
Man City were hovering just above the drop zone.
So normally higher team beats lower team but we know better than that when it comes to derbies.
Positions mean nothing and pride is on the line.
Robbie Fowler got City off to the perfect start after just 3 mins and away City went.
Game went back and forward first half but City went in 3-1 up at half time and second half went on with the job finishing the game off.
A wonderful goal from Shaun Wright-Phillips had 3 points in the bag for City.





3 – Manchester City 6 def Manchester United 1 (October 2011)



This was the season that City went on to win the league with that Sergio Aguero last gasp winner.
This particular match though went down as one of Sir Alex's worst days.
City absolutely ripped through his team in the second half after a red card for Jonny Evans.
The result was more painful as the goals just kept on coming.
Mario Balotelli got the ball running for City scoring after 22 mins and celebrating with lifting his shirt to ‘why always me’.
This was after an incident a day before when a fire-cracker went off in his house.
Back to the football though, and the sending off saw Utd capitulate with goals coming thick and fast.
Balotelli again, Aguero, David Silva and Edin Dzeko x 2 all chipped in to make this a great day for City but a miserable one for the Reds.









2 – Manchester United 3 def Manchester City 2 (December 2012)



The season after Manchester City winning the title and United were desperate to not only get one over their rivals but to stop any future success and wrestle the title back.
This was a crazy game and had late scenes and a fan wanting to attack Rio Ferdinand.
Sometimes with these types of games the emotions can get the best of people.
This was the case on this day with a game that looked out of reach after Wayne Rooney had United 2 ahead.
City rallied though with goals from Yaya Toure and a late equaliser from Pablo Zabaleta.
It was to no use as in stoppage time Robin van Persie scored a late free kick to make sure the Reds were on track to win back the title.
In the end they actually won the league quite comfortably by 11 points.



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1 – Manchester United 4 def Manchester City 3 (September 2009)



This is when City were throwing serious coin in an attempt to win that title and this season, they had spent 100 million to challenge.
This game was just so entertaining though with goals and Manchester United couldn't seem to get away from City in this one after being a goal up 3 times in the match.
Like many great games though it always finishes with late drama that normally has us talking for years.
A player I knew well after a couple of seasons at Newcastle and who probably had his critics on his time at United, Michael Owen scored the winner and that day made himself a very popular boy with the red side of the city.
Plenty of action in this one and a former United player managing City in Mark Hughes.
I have this as my number one.
Hope you enjoy!



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