Alex Ferguson claims this to be the best-ever Derby tie between the pair. Mark Hughes would beg to differ, as this result helped condemn his time in the City hot-seat.
Money-bags City came to Old Trafford smelling blood, but it was United who showed their hunger for victory, and that’s what won it for them.
City, which had goaded United fan’s with a giant poster of former United striker Carlos Tevez that read “Welcome to Manchester,” fell behind in the second minute through a Wayne Rooney strike.
Gareth Barry equalised 14 minutes later, a score line which the teams brought to the interval.
The second half was a real belter. Darren Fletcher gave United the lead four minutes into the half, only for City to equalise three minutes later with a goal from Craig Bellamy.
Nine minutes from time, Fletcher got his second and United’s third goal, which looked to be the winner, but their was still lots more drama to come.
Bellamy, who was brilliant on the day, grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser that looked to have given the visitors a share of the spoils.
But seven minutes of injury time provided lots of opportunities for both teams to grab victory, and it was United that did, with Michael Owen getting the winner in the 97th minute—queue the City protests.