By Josh Powell | Manchester Derby
The Manchester Derby is set to be tighter than the leg room on a Ryanair flight. Pundits, ex-players, newspaper columnists and folk in the pub can’t agree on whether it will be red or blue celebrating on Sunday evening.
The odds suggest marginally City, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side the 6/5 favourites and David Moyes’ men at 23/10. The 1-1 draw is the lowest correct score price at 11/2.
However, over the last 20 years we’ve experienced some mind-blowing shocks in the Manchester Derby and some scorelines that wouldn’t look out of place in a friendly five-a-side match. Here are the odds of us having a repeat of some of the most mental Derby results.
November 10 1994
Manchester United 5-0 Manchester City
City failed to win a single derby game during the 1990’s and this match emphasised the gulf in class at the time. It was referred to as the Demolition Derby as Andrei Kanchelskis ran riot at Old Trafford.
The Russian winger teed up Eric Cantona for the opening goal after 24 minutes before bagging his first, via a deflection just before half-time. Kanchelskis added his second two minutes after the break after City keeper Simon Tracey parried his original shot. Mark Hughes got United’s fourth before Kanchelskis sealed his hat-trick in the 89th minutes slotting home another rebound from a Tracey save.
March 14 2004
Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
It was a bleak week for the red half of Manchester in March 2004 – they had just been knocked out of Europe and then they were thumped by City. Even Shaun Wright-Phillips scored!
Robbie Fowler got the opener after just three minutes and Jon Macken doubled City’s advantage with little over half an hour on the clock. Paul Scholes hit back for United three minutes later as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side piled the pressure on the home side. But a ridiculous clusterf*** by Mikel Silvestre in the second half handed Trevor Sinclair an opportunity he couldn’t turn down and Shaun Wright-Phillips completed the rout in stoppage time.
February 14 2004
Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City
Before receiving the plaudits on Sky Sports for some solid analysis and excellent use of touch screen computers, Gary Neville spent his days being a fairly handy defender and throwing Steve McManaman a cheeky headbutt.
Despite being sent for an early bath before half-time that didn’t stop United in this FA Cup tie. Paul Scholes opened the scoring before two goals in three minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistlerooy made it 3-0. RVN got his second sandwiched in between strikes from Michael Tarnat and Robbie Fowler.
September 20 2009
Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City
Michael Owen, not content with boring us all to death with his commentary, did a pretty good job of pissing off Mark Hughes with a winner six minutes into the four minutes of stoppage time. Fergie did a celebratory jig, the referee winked and Old Trafford erupted.
It took Wayne Rooney less than 120 seconds to open the scoring but the sides went in for the oranges level, after Gareth Barry took advantage of a Ben Foster mistake. Darren Fletcher’s header shortly after half-time gave United the lead, but City were level again three minutes later thanks to Craig Bellamy’s 25-yard drive. Another header from Fletcher appeared to have won it for United but some comical defending from Rio Ferdinand allowed Bellamy to equalise in the 90th minute. That was all before Owen’s toe-poke won it for the reds.
October 23 2011
Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City
It was United’s worst home defeat since 1955 and a huge statement of intent from Roberto Mancini’s side. After recently setting his house on fire with some bathroom pyrotechnics Mario Balotelli gave City a 1-0 lead going into half-time, but the second period couldn’t have been any more one-sided.
Balotelli added a second after Jonny Evans was sent off and Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to play. Darren Fletcher pulled one back for United but City replied with three goals in the final four minutes – two from Edin Dzeko, either side of a David Silva strike. Sir Alex Ferguson described the performance as ‘suicidal’.