Number of meetings at Maine Road/Etihad Stadium in the Premier League era: 22
W/D/L Record: Manchester United Wins 11, Manchester City Wins 8, Draws 3
Average Attendance: 44,431
Total Number of Goals: 57
Top 5 Fixture Goalscorers: Wayne Rooney 5, Eric Cantona 4, Sergio Aguero 4, Niall Quinn 3, Paul Pogba 2
All data correct upto the end of the 2018-2019 season
The Manchester Derby is one of the biggest blockbuster fixtures in any Premier League season. Momentum has shifted across the city in recent times. During Sir Alex Ferguson’s ultra-successful reign, Manchester City would have been fortunate to have enjoyed any kind of victory.
Nowadays, it is a different story. City are the current kings of English football and have dominated the Derby in recent times. United have only enjoyed two victories in their last seven league meetings against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Both teams could do with the points on Saturday evening in the 149th contest in the top-flight era. The Red Devils sit in sixth position and want to start putting pressure on the top four, whilst Manchester City can’t afford any more slip-ups if they want to keep runaway leaders Liverpool FC in their sights.
So, it is time to open the archives and lookback at 10 previous Manchester Derbies on Manchester City’s turf.
7th November 1993: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
After his appointment as Peter Reid’s successor, Brian Horton was unbeaten at Maine Road before dominant league leaders Manchester United arrived on City’s patch. The visitors made a slow start and trailed 2-0 at half-time courtesy of a couple of headers from the prolific Niall Quinn. The second half though was all about United. Eric Cantona galvanised the comeback, scoring twice and torturing the home side’s defender. It was Roy Keane who completed the fightback, scoring at the back post with four minutes left to play. Once again, the Red Devils had the bragging rights.
18th November 2000: Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester City were relegated from the Premier League in 1996, so this fixture was dormant for four successive seasons. The Citizens returned to the top-flight in 2000 and were looking forward to pitting themselves up against the all-conquering Ferguson outfit again. However, it ended with a familiar outcome – with another defeat. One goal was enough, produced by a stunning free-kick by David Beckham after just over 90 seconds. Joe Royle’s side went straight back to the First Division; Manchester United went on to win their seventh championship in nine seasons.
9th November 2002: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
The last-ever Maine Road Manchester Derby is still a day City fans will look back on with great fondness, as it provided Manchester City with a first Derby victory since a 5-1 win in 1989. The hero of this match was Shaun Goater. He pounced on a dreadful mistake from Gary Neville to restore a City lead midway through the first half. That was after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had cancelled out an early Nicolas Anelka tap-in inside the first 10 minutes. Goater went on to score a second goal in the second half, which was his 100th Manchester City strike. City won 3-1 on an emotional afternoon for many of their supporters.
14th March 2004: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
Manchester City achieved back-to-back home wins over their local rivals, adding the agony to Sir Alex Ferguson’s week. He’d just seen his side knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by FC Porto and Jose Mourinho. City rode their luck with the crossbar coming to the rescue a few times but they still fully deserved their victory. There was a first Citizens Premier League goal for Trevor Sinclair before a super solo effort from Shaun Wright-Phillips in stoppage-time wrapped up a handsome 4-1 victory for Kevin Keegan’s side.
17th April 2010: Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
Chasing down Chelsea, Manchester United needed to win to keep the pressure up on the Blues. For the second time in the 2009-2010 season, they recorded a last-gasp victory over the ‘Noisy Neighbours.’ With seconds remaining and a goalless draw the likely outcome, Paul Scholes scored a dramatic header to keep the title race going. It was a pivotal goal in Manchester City’s season too as they missed out on a top-four finish to Tottenham Hotspur by the end of the season.
30th April 2012: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
One of the biggest and most decisive fixtures between these two great rivals came in April 2012. Fighting it out for the Premier League title, Manchester United had an eight-point lead earlier in the month. However, a defeat at Wigan and home draw with Everton meant Manchester City were now within striking distance. One goal settled the game and it came right on the stroke of half-time. Vincent Kompany’s powerful header from a corner by David Silva gave City a 1-0 victory and top spot in the table. It was the 11th change in leadership during the season and ultimately the last. Manchester City won the title in the most epic finale to any title race in modern history.
9th December 2012: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United
Unbeaten on home soil for nearly two years and now reigning champions, Manchester City came into this fixture as favourites for the first time in a very long time. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side though were not going to roll over and a pair of first half goals from Wayne Rooney had them 2-0 ahead at half-time. City fought back to 2-2 but were denied a point in stoppage-time. Robin van Persie had chosen United over City in the summer and he haunted the home side again with a deflected free-kick to give United all three points.
22nd September 2013: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
The September 2013 fixture was a Manchester Derby with a difference. It was the first Derby in 27 years without Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dugout whilst Manuel Pellegrini had replaced Roberto Mancini in the City hotseat. The home side completely dominated the match with the visitors not helped by missing Van Persie due to injury. Sergio Aguero scored twice in a fixture where he is City’s highest scorer with four goals so far to his name. The 4-1 final scoreline was a chastening afternoon for David Moyes and the first murmurs that he might not be the right answer as Ferguson’s planned long-time successor.
If Manchester City won this local battle, Pep Guardiola’s side would be crowned Premier League champions. Home supporters flocked to The Etihad in expectation that they might see a once-in-a-lifetime moment. All seemed to be going to plan at half-time. First half goals from Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan had Manchester City 2-0 ahead and cruising towards the championship. Paul Pogba had other ideas. The midfielder, who had dominated the pre-match talk after comments from his agent about a possible move across the city, scored twice in quick succession to wipe out the hosts advantage. Chris Smalling’s header with 20 minutes left delayed the coronation for a little while longer. Manchester United and Jose Mourinho would lose the war but they won this small battle to deny the City supporters what would have been a momentous memory.
11th November 2018: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
Last season’s meeting highlighted the emerging gap that was growing between the two clubs in City’s favour. Silva, Aguero and Gundogan scored the goals in a 3-1 victory. Guardiola’s side bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on wrapping up the title in the previous season by teaching United a lesson in passing and finishing.