Whether it’s last-gasp winners, no-nonsense thrashings or crazy comebacks, this encounter always produces headlines…
Manchester City v Manchester United, Sunday 11 November, 4.15pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Batten down the hatches, because the Manchester derby is nearly upon us. City and United are ready to fight it out at the Etihad in the latest instalment of their explosive rivalry – and you can follow every unmissable moment live and exclusive on Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola’s superstars head into the match looking as devastating as ever, but can they keep up their momentum against José Mourinho’s unpredictable Red Devils? Having won here in dramatic circumstances last season, United may just fancy themselves to stun City again, as they try to find some much-needed consistency.
This is a fixture that’s never short on major talking points. And with more expected when they meet on Sunday 11 November, take a look at five previous showdowns that still linger in the memory…
1. United’s sweet win (November 1993)
Fresh off a controversial Champions League exit to Galatasaray, United’s players and fans were bombarded with Turkish Delight chocolate bars by City supporters before this clash at Maine Road. The sugary siege seemed to negatively affect the visiting team’s performance, with the Red Devils 2-0 down at half time. However, after presumably receiving a few choice words from Alex Ferguson during the interval, they scored three second-half goals without reply – including a late winner from Roy Keane – to earn the victory.
2. City turn the tables (November 2002)
Having failed to beat United in their previous 16 meetings, City were due some cheer when Maine Road hosted its last ever Premier League derby in 2002. With both teams scoring in the first eight minutes, it looked like the match could go either way. But two goals from Shaun Goater (the first coming after Gary Neville botched a pass to goalkeeper Fabien Barthez) made sure the hosts finally loosened their neighbours’ grip on the fixture.
3. Six appeal (October 2011)
For one half of Manchester, this was a day to savour. For the other, it was a result of apocalyptic proportions. City inflicted the worst home defeat in 55 years on United when they hammered their nearest and not so dearest 6-1 at Old Trafford. Having accidentally torched his bathroom by setting off a firework inside his home a couple of days earlier, Mario Balotelli provided the match with its most iconic moment when he revealed his “Why always me?” t-shirt after scoring for the Blues.
4. Misery for Moyes (September 2013)
After dropping points against both Chelsea and Liverpool at the start of his first (and only) season in charge of United, David Moyes headed into his first Manchester derby looking to make a statement. It didn’t come. Instead, the Scot watched his side get dismantled 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. A limp performance from the visitors was made all the worse when, speaking after the match, City captain Vincent Kompany said he believed the game meant more to the hosts than their opponents. Ouch.
5. Beware of the Pog (April 2018)
It could have been the perfect day for City. A victory over United on home turf would have sealed the title for Pep Guardiola’s team. And for a while it looked like that was going to happen when they sailed into a 2-0 lead. Cue an incredible turnaround from the away side, led by Paul Pogba. The mercurial midfielder netted twice for José Mourinho’s men, before Chris Smalling completed the comeback. The irony? The Blues’ coronation was confirmed the following weekend when United were beaten at home by strugglers West Bromwich Albion.
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