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Manchester City 3 – Manchester United 1, 9th November 2002

‘Feed the Goat and he will score’ ran the mantra – largely off the back of this game which turned Sean Goater into a City folk hero. The last Derby at Maine Road saw Nicolas Anelka and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer swap goals, but City fans will long remember Gary Neville gifting the ball to Goater to larrup it past a bewildered Fabien Barthez, following it up earlier in the second half. Creating a new hero and humiliating Neville – one for City fans to savour.

Manchester City 4 – Manchester United 1, 14th March 2004

Fowler’s habit of taunting United fans with Liverpool’s European Cup tally while he was playing for City was not endearing to either set of fans, but the blue half forgave him for a while as he, Jon Macken and Trevor Sinclair helped set City on the way to a flattering win topped off with a fine Sean Wright-Phillips solo effort. Not a drubbing but the scorline said it was and that’s enough for most.

Manchester United 5 – Manchester City 0, 10th November 1994

It’s never achieved the status of City’s 5-1, but this was just as thorough a drubbing as Andrei Kanchelskis scored a hat-trick and Eric Cantona (with a superb goal) and Mark Hughes added the rest to give Brian Horton’s hapless team.

Manchester City 2 – Manchester United 3, November 7 1993

You can chant too early. Four days before this game, United blew a 2-0 lead over Galatasary to go out of the European Cup. ‘Two-nil up and (erm) chuffed it up’ rang around the ground while Niall Quinn put City at a similar advantage. Only to chuff it up themselves as second half goals from Cantona and Roy Keane gave United a last minute win, while City were having the chants thrown right back at them.

Manchester City 3 – Manchester United 3, 27th October 1990

The following year and Ferguson’s team was making progress while City were also improving under Howard Kendall – and seemingly faster as City eased into a 3-1 lead. Cruising happily, Kendall decided to take Peter Reid off to ease his aging legs with ten minutes left. His replacement lost the ball almost with his first touch and United scored through Brian McClair, who netted an equaliser moments later. Gary Pallister (a foal on skates in the 5-1 debacle) almost netted a winner at the last gasp.

Manchester City 5 – Manchester United 1, September 23rd, 1989

For younger fans this must seem rather odd – Alex Ferguson was a rubbish manager and United were even worse. Ferguson has always claimed this as one of his worst days as a manager, heading home to hide under the pillow, wondering whether he could look fans in the eye again. A superb Mark Hughes goal aside, United were ripped apart by the likes of Trevor Morley and David White.

Manchester United 4 – Manchester City 3, September 21, 2009

Huge investment in the blue half of Manchester meant that when the sides met at Old Trafford last season the two teams were on a more equal footing than they had been for years. Add to that the bitter exchanges between the two sides about ‘noisy neighbours’ and the now infamous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ poster featuring Carlos Tevez and everything was set for classic – and it didn’t disappoint.
City came from behind on three occasions. Goals from Wayne Rooney, and two from Darren Fletcher were cancelled out by Gareth Barry and a brace from Craig Bellamy. The second from Bellamy, scored in the 90th minute, looked to have snatched a point for the visiting team. But six minutes into what was supposed to be four minutes of injury time, England exile Michael Owen stabbed home the winner and prompted Sir Alex to dance down the touchline in a game which he later described as the greatest derby of all-time.

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