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5 memorable Manchester derbies of recent years

Ben Winfield
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There have been some brilliant battles between the two Manchester clubs over the years
There have been some brilliant battles between the two Manchester clubs over the years

On Wednesday, Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford, in what could be the deciding game in the Premier League title race.

City are still in pole position as far as the race for the title is concerned. Although they currently sit in second place, two points behind Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side do have a game in hand, and that comes on Wednesday against their city rivals.

The Citizens have recovered from a tough December, which saw them lose three times in four Premier League games, and hand the initiative over to Liverpool. They have won each of their last ten league games, and now have only the Premier League to worry about until the FA Cup Final after being knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham last week.

As for United, they are going through a tough period at the moment, having lost six of their last eight games in all competitions. They were embarrassed away at Everton on Sunday, losing 4-0, their biggest defeat to a side outside the big six since 1996. 

A potential Champions League place is now out of their hands, and they will have to hope that other results are to go their way if they are to finish in the top four.

The derby is one of the most important of recent seasons, and the hope will be that it lives up to expectation. Here are five memorable derby matches of recent years.

#1 Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (2009)

It was Owen's finest moment in a United shirt
It was Owen's finest moment in a United shirt

This is one is certainly a classic derby fixture, with United netting a late winner to snatch the three points. The Red Devils took the lead early on through Wayne Rooney, before City levelled when Carlos Tevez, appearing for the first time since leaving United, set up Gareth Barry to score. United scored early again after the restart thanks to Darren Fletcher, though Craig Bellamy made it 2-2 just three minutes later.

Fletcher popped up again to make it 3-2 with just ten minutes left, but yet again Bellamy hit back, this time rounding ‘keeper Ben Foster before bringing City level in the 90thminute. There was still time for United to score the most dramatic of late winners however, as Ryan Giggs set up Michael Owen to score his first goal for the club, and seal victory. The goal caused anger in the City camp, with manager Mark Hughes furious that play had continued into a sixth minute after the 90, despite just four being added.

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