We’re on the last few days of the countdown before the Manchester derby arrives. Have the nerves kicked in yet? If not, they’re sure to soon.
Last week, I was asked to pick my top five Manchester derbies from across the years, and realistically there wasn’t a chance I would be able to narrow it down. As a result, we asked City Watch readers to vote for their favourite clash and we now have our five.
We’ve been treated to some absolute crackers, so I thought there should be an honorary mention for 3-1 victory in 2002 – famous for “feed the Goat and he will score”, when Gary Neville courteously slipped Shaun Goater through on goal.
5) Manchester City 5-1 Manchester United (Maine Road, 1989)
Coming in at number five is one for the older generation, a game in which the Blues quite easily dispatched of that lot from Stretford in a six goal thriller. United had splashed the cash (United don’t spend money though, remember, they earn it) under a new owner, and Ferguson’s men would have taken the short trip to Maine Road in high hopes – expecting to cast City aside.
However, it wasn’t to be, goals from Oldfield (x2), Morley, Bishop and Hinchcliffe were enough to seal victory in what was a truly tight game in Moss Side, with City fans leaving the ground to a chorus of “easy” and “Ferguson out”.
4) Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United (Etihad Stadium, 2013)
Another game in which we had easily tossed aside United on home turf, this time courtesy of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and well known football genius David Moyes.
The home side had no mercy on a poor United side, going into the break with a 2-0 lead. City were quick to capitalise after an inspirational team talk from Moyeseh, with Aguero and Nasri doubling the lead within 5 minutes of the second half.
A late free kick from Shrek wasn’t enough to save United from an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s men, with City providing loyal supporters another reason to leave the ground to a chorus of “easy”.