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5 Memorable Manchester Derby Matches

Paul Benson
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Timeless

#4 Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United (April 6, 1996)

Eric Cantona slots home a penalty
Eric Cantona slots home a penalty

There have been few more memorable derby wins for Manchester United that this one.

Chasing down a long time, Premier League leaders, Newcastle United, the Reds crossed Manchester to Maine Road with the aim of closing the gap further on the Geordies.

Equally important to Manchester City who needed the three points for different reasons as they were staring relegation in the face after a woeful run of form saw them drop like a stone as they tumbled down the Premier League table.

United took the lead early after Denis Irwin was hacked down in the box and Eric Cantona coolly dispatched a penalty.

Mikhail Kavelashvili equalised on 40 minutes before Andy Cole immediately restored United's lead a minute later.

City, trailing 2-1 in the 74th minute, looked to have rescued a point when the substitute Uwe Rösler smashed an effort past Peter Schmeichel in the United goal.

However, it would be Ryan Giggs who had the last word with an outrageous strike from 25 years out that nestled in the top corner of the goal.

United went on to overhaul Newcastle to win the Premier League title and days later won the FA Cup Final versus Liverpool to secure their second Double.

City were relegated on goal difference.

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