The 2 clubs meet this weekend, in a clash that will have a great effect on both teams’ current status. As the contest usually rewards winners with a considerable boost of confidence ahead of the ensuing season, it will be important for each giant to get the upper hand over the other.
United and City have met 159 times at competitive level, and unsurprisingly, it is the Red Devils who have the edge. Having 66 wins and 50 draws thus far, there is no doubt that the defending English Premier League champions are in a comfortable position to sustain their sovereignty over their city rivals.
Their last 5 matches against the Citizens summed up pretty well the history behind the Manchester derby, with United triumphing thrice, drawing once and losing once. Below, we take a look at video highlights and brief recaps of games between the 2 sides in all competitions since January 2010.
The titans came up against each other in the League Cup at the Old Trafford in a return-leg encounter. The Blues had won the first leg 2-1, and so the Mancunians had to fight with everything they had to overturn their deficit. Thanks to goals from Paul Scholes (51’), Michael Carrick (71’) and Wayne Rooney (90’), they successfully humbled their visitors - who saw a second-half effort from Carlos Tevez (76’) turn into a consolation.
The Red Devils enjoyed another victory afterward, this time, in the 35th day of the Premier League. United triumphed away from home in front of roughly 47,000 spectators through a 90th minute goal from retired midfielder Paul Scholes. The assist went in the name of Patrice Evra.
Fans did not have much to enjoy in terms of the result; it was, at most, the suspense that kept both parties hopeful throughout the encounter. Neither side was able to cause the other any harm; in the end, they could only settle for a 0-0 draw in City’s stadium, in the Premier League’s 12th matchday that season.
5 months later, the Manchester rivals came face to face in the league on another occasion, at the Old Trafford. The end of the first period saw Nani convert a delivery from Giggs into an assist, as he netted the opener on 41 minutes to give his side the lead. Manchester City’s David Silva equalized 20 minutes into the second half, but a strike from Rooney put the Citizens on the back foot once again.
City’s perfect revenge came in the FA Cup semis, when they put to an end the Red Devils’ run by defeating them 1-0 at the Wembley Stadium in London. The first half ended goalless, but it did not take long for Yaya Toure to rise and put the eventual champions in front. With United unable to make a comeback, the derby ended in City’s favour.