Manchester City vs. Manchester United: 10 of the Best Manchester Derby Moments

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentNovember 1, 2014

Manchester City vs. Manchester United: 10 of the Best Manchester Derby Moments

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    The Manchester derby is one of the most fiercely contested games in the world.

    Over the years, it's a fixture that's been filled with drama, goals and memorable moments. Ahead of the 168th Manchester derby on Sunday, here are 10 of the best moments from Manchester United's clashes with Manchester City.

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United Get Some Derby Revenge

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    United headed to the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup in January 2012 looking to avenge the 6-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier that season. Vincent Kompany was sent off after 12 minutes and United raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time.

    But even with 10 men, City were by far the better team after the break. They scored twice through Aleks Kolarov and Sergio Aguero, and United were left hanging on at the end for a 3-2 win.

Benjani Crashes Munich Anniversary Tribute

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    In February 2008, United remembered the 50-year anniversary of the Munich air disaster. The City fans inside Old Trafford played a respectful part in the memorial, but that didn't stop their team trying to win the game.

    Goals from Darius Vassell and Benjani handed City a 2-1 win. It was the first time they had won at Old Trafford in the league since 1974.

6 of the Best for City

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    The first derby of the 2011/12 season ended in disaster for United and unrivalled joy for City. Mario Balotelli gave City the lead in the first half before unveiling his "Why always me" T-shirt. 

    But after Jonny Evans was sent off early in the second half, the wheels came off for United. City scored five in the final 30 minutes, including three in the last two minutes, to run out 6-1 winners and humiliate United in their own back yard.

Yaya Toure's Wembley Winner

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    There used to be a banner at Old Trafford reminding City that it had been 35 years since they had won a major trophy. Now it's gone thanks, in part, to Yaya Toure's derby winner at Wembley in 2011.

    Drawn against each other in the semi-final of the FA Cup, Toure scored to give City a 1-0 win. They went on to beat Stoke in the final, and the banner had to come down.

Michael Owen's Late, Late Winner

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    A see-saw derby in September 2009 saw Craig Bellamy score in the 90th minute to draw City level at 3-3. It looked like he had earned Mark Hughes' side a point. But that was until Michael Owen scored his most famous United goal.

    Deep into stoppage time, Owen took a pass from Ryan Giggs and poked the winner past Shay Given. The United fans at Old Trafford went berserk and left Hughes fuming at the Fergie time that had been added on at the end.

Robin Van Persie's Stoppage-Time Winner

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    In December 2012, Manchester United raced into a 2-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney.

    Goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta pegged United back before Robin van Persie scored with a stoppage-time free-kick to hand Sir Alex Ferguson a 3-2 win in what turned out to be his last derby at City.

    It set United on a path to winning the 2013 Premier League title.

5-Star City Demolish United

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    The derby at Maine Road in September 1989 was the first since City had won promotion back into the First Division the previous season. And they played like a team that had missed the fierce city rivalry. 

    City battered Alex Ferguson's United 5-1, but it was to be their last derby victory for 13 years.

Vincent Kompany's Title-Winning Goal

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    In 2012, United looked like they were strolling to the title before losing at Wigan and drawing 4-4 at home to Everton. It meant City's destiny was suddenly in their own hands.

    But they still needed to beat United at the Etihad Stadium. Vincent Kompany's header was enough, and City went on to win their first championship for 44 years.

Wayne Rooney's Moment of Magic

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    The derby at Old Trafford in February 2011 was drifting towards a draw. But that was until Wayne Rooney intervened. Nani's deflected cross wrong-footed everyone in the City penalty area. Apart from Rooney.

    He adjusted his feet to bicycle-kick the winner past Joe Hart before celebrating in front of the City fans. It remains one of the great derby goals.

Denis Law and THAT Goal

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    History remembers Denis Law's derby winner for City at Old Trafford in April 1974 as the goal that sent his former club down. It's not strictly true, as United would have been relegated anyway.

    But it didn't stop Law walking off the pitch in disbelief having scored with a back-heel against the club he had represented for 11 years. The United fans invaded the pitch, but it made no difference to the result, and they were relegated into the second division for the first time.

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