With the Manchester Derby coming up,the tension in the both camps of Manchester is rising. Let us have a look at the history of Manchester Derby. The first league meeting between the two sides occurred in the 1894/95 season, with Newton Heath(which later became Manchester United) beating Manchester City 5-2. Before the war it was a common occurrence that supporters would watch City one week and then United the next. After the war this changed as a rivalry started to form and following both teams became uncommon.
With so many great matches played between them ,its hard to pick ,Greatest Manchester Derbies Of All Time’.
But we have picked our 10 Greatest Manchester Derbies Of All Time! Have a look-
10. Manchester City 3-3 Manchester United(1971)
This meeting ranks as one of the finest of the Manchester derbies. United’s team boasted Best, Law and Charlton and were top of the table. City had Lee, Summerbee and Bell and were three points behind in third.
United went two up, with 17-year old debutant Sammy Mcilroy opening the scoring and Brian Kidd doubled the lead. Lee pulled one back with a 57th minute penalty and then set Bell up to equalise with 25 minutes left. United went back in front three minutes later before City equalised, Summerbee smashing it in off the underside of the bar.
9. Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City(2011)
Rooney’s wonderful bi-cycle kick
A surprisingly drab encounter at Old Trafford looked like fizzling out into a draw when David Silva’s effort 25 minutes from time cancelled out Nani’s first-half opener. That all changed in a moment when, in the 78th minute, Nani’s speculative cross from the right curled towards the corner of the box. Rooney, with his back to goal, defied the looming defenders as he leapt into the air and fired a crisply-struck bicycle kick straight into the top corner. This is 9th best among ‘Greatest Manchester Derbies Of All Time’.
8. Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United(2002)
City had not beaten their rivals for thirteen years, but enter Shaun Goater who changed all that. This was Kevin Keegan’s first and City’s last derby at Maine Road.
Nicolas Anelka put City ahead on five minutes after a crazy fumble by the erratic Fabien Barthez only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to equalise three minutes later. Gary Neville had never become so popular at Maine Road as his error allowed Goater to score his first and Eyal Berkovic set him up for his second after more comical defending from United. This classic game is 8th among ‘Greatest Manchester Derbies Of All Time’.
7. Manchester United 5-0 Manchester City (1994)
It remains as United’s biggest derby victory as a hat-trick from Andrei Kanchelskis and a masterful display by Eric Cantona condemned City to defeat.
This game showed United at their mercurial best with the sublime skill of Cantona and the tenacity of Roy Keane in midfield. Mark Hughes scored the fifth, but in truth it could have been a lot more.