10 memorable Manchester derby moments
The first Manchester derby of the 2016-17 kicks off this Saturday at 5pm (IST) at Old Trafford and the rivalry has been turned up a notch this season. Both Mancunian clubs have had an intense rivalry over the years, but this year the rivalry is even more personal with both managers’ dislike for each other
Manchester City’s new boss Pep Guardiola knows all about United’s boss Jose Mourinho and know each other’s tactics, mind games and they both don’t shy away from calling each other out either.
With an exciting derby coming up – the 172nd playing of this fixture, it’s time to look at some of the derby’s most memorable moments down the years:
#1 Denis Law sends United to the second tier (1974)
‘The King’ or ‘The Lawman’ as United supporters fondly called him, scored 237 goals for the club in 11 years and was one of the ‘United Trinity’ alongside Charlton and George Best. Law is Manchester United’s third highest scorer after Sir Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney.
Imagine the consternation of United fans, when after over a decade, he moved to their rivals across town, Manchester City.
It was April 1974, United was set to face City in their final league match of the season with the possibility of relegation looming over their heads. Despite a continuous onslaught by the Red Devils, City’s defence remained firm.
In the last gasps of the game, Law, a United legend, scored with a backheel from six yards out in the 81st minute and plunged his former team into the second division. Law refused to celebrate as he was embraced by his teammates.
If that wasn’t all, United fans invaded the pitch in a fruitless effort to get the match disqualified. United was relegated to the second division after 38 years and Law never played a league match again.
United, however, would have been relegated even if they had won, as other results went against them.