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Top 3 Manchester derbies in the English Premier League era

Top 3 Manchester derbies in the English Premier League era

With the big Manchester derby looming this weekend, Legit.ng have decided to relive three of the greatest matches between Manchester City and Manchester United.

Manchester City will host Manchester United at the Etihad stadium in what will be the 177th clash between the two Premier League clubs.

A look into the record books show that Old Trafford dwellers have the edge as you’d imagine considering their league dominance and Manchester City’s previous battles with relegation in the past campaigns.

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Although the Pep Guardiola tutored-side lead the league standings and Manchester United sit in 8th, a derby remains unpredictable by nature.

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City (12 April 2015)

It was the Ashley Young show on this occasion as the English winger scored 1 and assisted 2.

United were winless in their previous 4 derbies so were desperate to get back to winning ways.

David Silva opened the scoring but Young soon equalised for United.

He then set up Maroune Fellaini for the second. Juan Mata scored the 3rd with a neat finish past Joe Hart.

Chris Smalling added the icing on the cake with the 4th after being set up by Young.

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Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (20 September 2009)

Derbies often fail to live up to the hype but this one may have even exceeded expectations.

The 7-goal thriller had a bit of everything, including a dramatic stoppage-time winner.

United legend, Wayne Rooney, opened the scoring on that eventful day with Gareth Barry scoring the leveller.

City then fell behind again to a Darren Fletcher strike.

However, City refused to lay down as Craig Bellamy soon scored.

It seemed a case of tit-for-tat as Fletcher scored again to give United the lead.

With 10 minutes to play, City never gave up and Bellamy looked to have snuck them a point with his 90th minute equaliser.

Incredibly, the drama wasn’t over as the referee awarded 6 minutes of injury time.

The infamous “Fergie-time” worked a treat for the Red Devils as Michael Owen scored the winner deep into stoppage time.

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Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (23 October 2011)

Who could ever forget Mario Balotelli’s iconic goal celebration when he revealed a shirt with the caption, “Why always me.”

This match will live long in the memories of both sets of fans for completely different reasons.

It was Man United’s biggest ever defeat at home since 1955.

Balotelli scored the opener as Roberto Mancini’s City dominated the play.

Jonny Evans received a red card and that effectively sealed the Red Devils fate with Balotelli scoring a brace.

Incredibly, City scored 3 in 4 minutes thanks to a brace by Dzeko and a strike from David Silva.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Manchester United stunned Juventus 2-1 in Turin on Wednesday, November 7, following late goals from Juan Mata and an own goal from Alex Sandro.

Max Allegri's men had the best chance of the first period as Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado was denied by a brilliant save from De Gea.

Then, five minutes after the hour mark, it was Juve's talisman Ronaldo that finally opened his account in the tournament to send fans at the Allianz Stadium into wild frenzy mood.

Then the tide changed in United's favour four minutes from time as Juan Mata curled in a lovely free kick to make the score 1-1 in the 86th minute.

The Red Devils were not done yet as Sandro scored an own goal in a goalmouth-scramble as the visitors ran away with a 2-1.

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