Manchester City at Old Trafford




Top 5: Derby Victories for Manchester City at Old Trafford

Old Trafford will be the stage this Saturday for the most hotly-anticipated Premier League showdown of the season so far, as Jose Mourinho’s revitalised United and Pep Guardiola’s ambitious City lock horns in what has been touted as the most expensive Manchester derby in history. After City star David Silva claimed in a recent interview that his team would not be playing for a draw at Old Trafford this weekend, the blog gears up for the big match by recalling five occasions City made the short journey home with all three points.

27 April 1974
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 1
First Division

Arguably the most infamous meeting of them all between Manchester’s leading club sides, Manchester City came to Old Trafford in April 1974 unbeaten in six visits, yet this particular clash between the two northern neighbours bore an added significance, as Tommy Docherty’s Manchester United stared relegation to English football’s second tier directly in the face. Requiring a win over their local rivals and a victory for Norwich City at the expense of opponents Birmingham City, United were frustrated for much of this Old Trafford derby, before its defining moment arrived in the final ten minutes. Receiving the ball from Francis Lee, with his back to the United goal, City’s Denis Law backheeled past United goalkeeper Alex Stepney to put the visitors ahead. Visually numb to his teammates’ celebrations, Law had made more than 300 appearances for United, yet his final act at OId Trafford seemed to have consigned them to Second Division football. A mob of distraught home supporters would soon invade the pitch, causing the fixture to be abandoned, though the result would inevitably stand. While Birmingham’s win at St. Andrews rendered the outcome irrelevant, the sight of a distraught and substituted Law departing the Old Trafford stage ensured that this particular City victory has endured in the minds of fans on both sides of Manchester.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Stepney, Forsyth, Buchan, Holton, Houston, Greenhoff, Daly, McCalliog, Morgan, McIlroy, Macari. MANCHESTER CITY: Corrigan, Barrett, Donachie, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Law (Henson), Tueart.


10 February 2008
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2
Premier League

While few could have foreseen it at the time, it took almost 34 years for Manchester City to achieve their next derby win on Manchester United turf, though their 2-1 success at a much-changed Old Trafford came on a day where the result proved secondary. With the Premier League match coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, the city of Manchester united to pay its respects, with the home side wearing a commemorative throwback strip in honour of their slain Busby Babes and the City supporters playing their part in an immaculately-honoured minute’s silence. When the action commenced, almost 76,000 spectators saw a delicious through ball from Martin Petrov set up Stephen Ireland, whose shot was parried by Edwin van der Sar into the path of Darius Vassell. Vassell’s initial shot was saved, but the England international made no mistake with his second, putting City a goal to the good with 24 minutes elapsed. Then, on the brink of half-time, Petrov’s ball from the right flank was headed along by Benjani, eluding a crowd of Manchester United defenders and outstretched goalkeeper van der Sar to double the visitors’ advantage. A stunned United would eventually bite back through Michael Carrick in the 90th minute, but it was too little too late, as Sven Goran Eriksson’s City side snapped a streak of 23 winless Old Trafford visits.

MU: Van der Sar, Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, O’Shea (Carrick), Nani (Park), Scholes, Anderson (Hargreaves), Giggs, Ronaldo, Tevez. MC: Hart, Onuoha, Richards, Dunne, Ball, Vassell, Ireland, Hamann (Jihai), Gelson, Petrov (Garrido), Mwaruwari (Caicedo).


23 October 2011
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6
Premier League

On an afternoon that will haunt the red half of Manchester for countless years to come, a rampant Manchester City under manager Roberto Mancini equalled their all-time record result at Old Trafford, delivering a 6-1 derby demolition of the then-Premier League champions. City seized the lead in the 22nd minute when Mario Balotelli sidefooted home and while Balotelli would collect a booking from Mark Clatterburg for his subsequent t-shirt celebration, the fiery forward was anything but done on one of his defining afternoons in a City jersey. With an hour expired, the Italian finished off an exquisite passing move at the back post to double City’s advantage at a crucial stage. Then, a smart backheeled pass to James Milner enabled the England midfielder to feed teammate Micah Richards on the right; Richards’ ball to Sergio Agüero culminating in their killer third. While Darren Fletcher’s long-range effort offered United the slimmest glimmer of a comeback, City would go on to extinguish their hopes in the most emphatic fashion, scoring an unthinkable three in the game’s closing minutes. First, replacement Edin Dzeko capitalised on chaos in the home defence to knee the ball home, with only a minute to play. Then, as the clock wound into injury time, the Bosnian international set up David Silva to stroke home a famous fifth. Dzeko’s second and City’s stoppage time sixth only served to add insult to injury, on a day United will no doubt wish to forget. For City however, this win would prove invaluable to their championship aspirations, as they edged out their rivals on goal difference to secure a first ever Premier League title.

MU: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Smalling, Anderson (Jones), Nani (Hernandez), Young, Fletcher, Rooney, Welbeck. MC: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner (Kolarov), Barry, Silva, Touré, Agüero (Nasri), Balotelli (Dzeko).


8 April 2013
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2
Premier League

By the time Manchester City returned to Old Trafford in April 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson’s United had clawed their way within touching distance of reclaiming their Premier League crown. Nevertheless, then-English champions City would capture Manchester bragging rights once more, securing their first back-to-back victory on Old Trafford soil since the early 1970s. Playing with United alumni Carlos Tevez as a solitary front man, City would be outgunned in terms of possession, corners and shots on goal, but would crucially prevail via the one statistic that truly matters. As it was, the visitors would score all three goals of this derby encounter, with Vincent Kompany’s own goal around the hour providing United what would serve as scant consolation. The Citizens had seized a 50th-minute advantage when, following a show of strength and composure from a threatened Samir Nasri, midfielder James Milner drilled the ball beyond David de Gea; the strike helped along by a slight deflection from United defender Phil Jones. The tables would then turn minutes later, as United forced their way back to level footing; Jones’ header into the danger zone bouncing off the back of Kompany to gift the home side a warmly-received equaliser. Nonetheless, the Blue Moon would rise again in the 78th minute, as Sergio Agüero danced by three defenders and blasted beyond de Gea to restore the visitors’ advantage. Though the sun would soon set on their Premier League title reign, this derby day win saw City’s championship quality shine through.

MU: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Giggs, Carrick, Young (Kagawa), Rooney (Hernandez), Welbeck (Valencia), Van Persie. MC: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nastasic, Milner, Nasri (Agüero), Barry, Silva (Lescott), Touré, Tevez (Garcia).


25 March 2014
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 3
Premier League

Manchester City’s most recent Old Trafford triumph came at the expense of ill-fated United manager David Moyes; the much-maligned Scotsman, now at Sunderland, seeing his stuttering side beaten by three clear goals in March of 2014. The eventual 3-0 result, City’s second decisive derby display following a 4-1 romp at the Etihad months earlier, lifted Manuel Pellegrini’s team to within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, with two games in hand. In contrast, United were left to languish outside of the European places. The Old Trafford faithful had barely settled into their seats when their team fell a goal adrift; Edin Dzeko tapping home only 42 seconds into the match, after Samir Nasri’s shot had rocketed off the goalpost. Dzeko would then double his haul in the 55th minute, getting past veteran Rio Ferdinand to connect with an incoming corner and triggering a mass Poznan celebration across at the visiting end. Yaya Touré wrapped up proceedings in the final minute, converting what would be his 21st goal of the 2013-14 campaign. As it was, the Citizens’ derby dat dominance helped define their successful season and 47 days later, Toure and teammates would lift the Premier League trophy for the second time. While the story of the 2016-17 season has many chapters to be written, history suggests that Saturday’s Manchester derby could be prove pivotal in determining the destiny of the trophy. But do Guardiola’s Citizens – Silva and all – have what it takes to kick-start a new championship challenge? One thing is for certain, victory this weekend at Old Trafford would be quite the statement of their intent. AC

MU: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Carrick, Ferdinand, Jones, Cleverley (Kagawa), Fellaini (Valencia), Rooney, Mata, Welbeck (Hernández). MC: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Fernandinho, Kompany, Demichelis, Navas (García), Touré, Dzeko (Negredo), Silva, Nasri (Milner).


Kevin de Bruyne (pictured) is among those set to feature on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).


  1. Vincent Kompany by Jason Cairnduff, Action Images
  2. Mario Balotelli by Lee Smith, Action Images
  3. Samir Nasri by Jason Cairnduff, Action Images
  4. Kevin de Bruyne, by Jason Cairnduff, Action Images

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