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In Focus: Four memorable Manchester derby encounters



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Manchester City 5-1 Manchester United (September 1989)

City celebrated their return to the First Division in style with a stunning victory against their old foes.

Maine Road played host to a glorious day for Mel Machin’s men, with two goals from David Oldfield, plus one each for Trevor Morley, Ian Bishop and Andy Hinchcliffe putting United to the sword.

Mark Hughes notched the visitors’ consolation, but nothing could hide the embarrassment that Gary Pallister would go on to describe as the lowest point of his playing career, later dubbed the “Maine Road Massacre”.

Both teams ended the campaign in mid-table mediocrity, but United’s FA Cup final victory against Crystal Palace later that season was a sign of their future dominance.

Not until November 2002 were City able to taste the sweet success of victory in this fixture once more.

Manchester United 1-1 Manchester City (April 2001)

This weekend sees Manchester host another chapter in the historic rivalry between City and United.

We look back at four memorable previous encounters between the two famous clubs.

Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (October 2011)

Roberto Mancini’s men took no prisoners on this extraordinary afternoon at Old Trafford, smashing home six goals en route to their maiden Premier League title.

A game that United boss Alex Ferguson described as the club’s “worst-ever day”, the “noisy neighbours” from the blue side of the city dealt a seismic blow to their local rivals.

Mercurial forward Mario Balotelli opened the scoring 22 minutes in, stroking the ball past a helpless David de Gea before displaying a “Why Always Me?” t-shirt.

The encounter was delicately poised until Jonny Evans’ red card stacked the odds in the visitors’ favour.

Balotelli bagged his second shortly after, then Sergio Aguero added a third, before Darren Fletcher netted for the hosts.

But a brace from substitute Edin Dzeko either side of a neat David Silva finish rounded off a humiliating afternoon for the Red Devils.

United would dust themselves off to earn a shot at preventing the Citizens’ Premier League triumph, but Sergio Aguero’s heroics on the final-day epic against QPR ended a remarkable season for the team from the Etihad.

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