- English Barclays Premier League
- 30 April 2012, 7:00pm
- Etihad Stadium
- Attendance: 47,259
|Man City||v||Man Utd|
FULL-TIME: THAT'S IT! CITY ARE TOP! It may be just on goal difference but when there's just two games remaining it makes a HUGE difference. Vincent Kompany's header on the stroke of half-time has ensured another twist in this enthralling title battle. Man United hardly put up a fight tonight. Thanks for following Orange's live coverage and for all your comments this evening. Stay tuned for the full-match report.
90+4 mins: Man United begin to show all their attacking intent within the last sixty seconds. Rooney finds some all-important space in a congested area but sees his shot blocked. Hart is then fouled when coming to claim the ball and that could be it!
Liam, Hull - "cmon city win 1-0 oh and mark get to the other side of yorkshire and support hull city not rubbish leeds"
90+2 mins: Sorry Liam that will never happen! City eat up the seconds some more as Milner replaces Nasri.
90 mins: Five minutes of Fergie Time added on! The announcement is met with widespread boos by the anxious City fans.
89 mins: Yaya Toure does exceptionally well to keep the ball in on the left touchline and begins to drift inside. His cross finds Nasri who can't get the ball out of his feet from six yards!
88 mins: Clichy nearly sends the City fans into delirium! The ball falls to him on the edge of box and he prompts De Gea into a smart stop with a well-struck cracker of a shot.
86 mins: Time is running out for Man United who quite frankly, haven't turned up this evening. Aguero buys a free-kick off Jones near the left corner flag.
83 mins: Both sides make changes as we enter the nervy closing stages. Richards bolsters City's backline and comes on for Silva. For Man United, Young replaces Nani who hasn't done anything.
81 mins: All of a sudden, space opens up for Yaya Toure. Aguero is screaming to be played in but ignores him and wraps the ball inches past the left post with De Gea rooted to the spot.
79 mins: The ineffective Scholes is now being replaced by Valencia. Can his fresh legs help Man United get level?
John, Reading -"i can hear a fat lady singing"
77 mins: Emotions are really running high now as Carrick is flashed yellow now for catching Barry who has been in the wars tonight. Things have calmed down now on the bench with Sir Alex chewing frantically away.
75 mins: Now this is what we want to see! De Jong catches Welbeck from behind and is the latest player to see yellow. Off the playing field, Sir Alex and Mancini have to be pulled away from each other as tempers begin to boil over.
73 mins: Ooh! Yaya Toure belts one from long rangr which fizzes past De Gea's right post. That could have wrapped things up right there.
71 mins: Nice build-up play from Evra and Giggs but as soon as they enter the final third the move breaks down. That has been the story of their night so far.
69 mins: Jones is another Man United player who has struggled tonight and he rightly goes in the book for catching Barry late. A chance for City to build now just inside the opposition half.
John, Bridgwater -"City will win there last two games.UTD need to do something here."
67 mins: City make their first change and Tevez is going off for De Jong. It seems like it's shut-up shop time already for Mancini.
64 mins:Jones plays in a teasing cross behind the City defensive line and Lescott does well to boot it out for a corner. Rooney has pulled right away to the left-edge of the penalty area and is livid as he watches nobody in red gamble on his cross.
61 mins: Tevez does well inside the "D" to control an awkward cross from the goal-scorer Kompany. He finds Yaya Toure who blasts a low cross into the six yard area where De Gea is forced to save with his feet.
59 mins:Before that sub, Aguero spins away from Scholes and tries to slot in Zabaleta who does well to win a corner off Smalling. The corner eventually finds Nasri who thrashes a shot across the face of goal.
57 mins: Here's the first change for Sir Alex's side and it is Welbeck coming on. He replaces Park who went missing tonight.
55 mins: Not an awful lot happening on the pitch as the City fans blast out Blue Moon. I don't think it will be long until we see Welbeck come off the bench for Man United. Why not Hernandez?
Dan, Eastleigh -"As Jessie J would say its not about the money! We all know who will have brought this title and who will have earned it!"
52 mins: That is very childish from Yaya Toure. He holds off Giggs with an arm over on the far touchline and bounces the ball hard into the ground in frustration. Yellow card for the whinging midfielder.
49 mins:Hart is still showing signs of rustiness as he spills a powerful shot from Nani to gift Man United another corner. Again City stay rock-solid from the resulting set-piece.
Keith, Newcastle -"Park and Giggs off. Welbeck and valencia on asap"
47 mins: It's positive thus far from the Red Devils with Scholes, Park and Nani combining to win an early corner. Giggs' cross forces Hart to dive and flap at thin air but City eventually clear.
Roy, Bury St Edmunds -"Time Scholes did something. A goal and a red card is my guess."
45 mins: So it's over to you Manchester United. It will be fascinating to see their response to Kompany's determined header. Sir Alex resists making any half-time subs as he watches his team restart this crunch derby.
Keith, Newcastle -"Is it just me? or does any1 else think Giggs has been very poor this year?"
John, Cardiff -"Get a 2nd striker on! rooney is doing nothing. valencia, young and welbeck on!"
HALF-TIME: This derby is now beautifully poised for the second half. Captain Kompany's header means those 44 minutes of cagey football has soon been forgotten about. Man City are currently top on goal difference. Can they stay there? Join me in fifteen minutes to find out!
45 MINS: MAN CITY ARE AHEAD!Finally the game has been brought to life! City are finishing the half the much stronger side, winning a couple of corners in quick succession. The latter of those is whipped in by Silva from the left and KOMPANY rises above Smalling to power a header past De Gea!
41 mins: The visitors opt to attack again from the City corner and win a set-piece of their own within a blink of an eye. Park makes an early run to the near post which isn't picked up but blazes a shot miles over the crossbar.
39 mins: Fantastic play by Tevez with a point to prove. He rides the challenge of Giggs and Park before letting Yaya Toure continue the move forward. Aguero then sees his shot deflected wide from left and it's another really poor corner. Sigh.
37 mins: Zabaleta of all people bursts in the Man United area but it all gets a bit much for him that close towards goal and sends the ball pea-rolling to the bearded De Gea.
35 mins: Another sight at goal for Aguero but he prods his volley from close range wide of the left post after the ball intially sat up very nicely for him.
Baba, Coimbatore -"Manchester United had recovered from the home loss against city. This time, Manchester United will prove what they capable of. City will remember this game for a long, long time."
33 mins: This is very frustrating to watch thus far. Rooney loses the ball on the halfway before Tevez does exactly the same seconds later. City's number 32 then takes out his anger on Carrick to concede another irritating free-kick.
29 mins: Sky said there would be 45000 City fans and around 3000 Man United fans in the ground. So we shall both blame them! On the pitch, Rooney lifts some of the pressure on his team again by drawing another foul from Kompany who has to be careful!
Ben - "you miss my point, citys capacity is only around 45000 so surely if theres a few thousand utd fans there it would be more like 40000 odd city fans booing!"
27 mins: It's a very niggly game so far with the ref constantly blowing for free-kicks here, there and everywhere. Fergie will no doubt be on his tenth pack of chewing gum already.
Don, Bristol - "Doesn't Ferguson always play just 1 striker in the european matches. They didn't go too well this year either"
25 mins: A sniff of a chance for Aguero. It comes after Rooney balloons a clearance up high into the Manchester sky and misjudges the eventual bounce. It falls kindly for the Argentine in the box but he thrashes a half-volley way over.
23 mins: City will feel they are properly in the game now, winning another corner after a brief period of pressure. The resulting delivery is a poor one though and that's easy for Evra to head clear at the near post.
Brin, Stoke -"Stuck in work until 9 :'( Scholes to score a trademark piledriver first"
20 mins: The first yellow card goes to Kompany as he catches Rooney in the centre. The ref allows play to continue but the move filters out into nothing. It's a harsh booking really but Andre Marriner is obviously keen to stamp his authority on 'Manc Monday'.
17 mins:As the hosts try and build from the back, Ben asks, "45000 city fans? surely there r some utd fans there mark?" I don't think they would be booing their own players Ben!
15 mins: City are warming up a little now. Nasri slaloms towards the edge of the area before playing in Tevez. The former Red Devil squares the ball from the right byline but can't pick out Aguero lurking at the far post.
Rob C, Preston - "Nervous night, but United have that experience in those old men; including Rooney"
12 mins: Scholes gives away a sloppy free-kick just inside his own half to gift City a platform to build upon. The hosts are lacking fluency though in their passing and it's not long before the league leaders are back in possession.
9 mins: 45000 City fans descend into boos and whistles as red shirts flood towards Hart. Nani has a dig from a good 40 yards out which goes into orbit.
Jason, Liverpool - "My mate told me Man utd havent lost on a Monday for about 12 years. tonight will change that! 3-1 city tevez hatrick"
6 mins: Silva's ambitious shot is deflected behind for City's first corner of the evening. The silky Spaniard goes across to the right to take it but Ferdinand remains ice cool with a stooped header away.
4 mins: Signs that this game is opening up already as Man United break straight from Clichy's overhit cross intended for Tevez. Nani bombs forward but shows too much of the ball to Lescott who calmly sweeps up.
2 mins: The Man City nerves are there for all to see as the defence makes hard work of clearing Giggs' cross from inside the left of the box. Nani eventually runs the ball out of play much to the relief of the home fans.
0 mins:We're off! Andre Marriner's sharp blast of the whistle allows Man City, playing from left to right as I see it, to get underway. Both teams in their usual home kits. Game on!
Scott, Nottingham -"Fate is a cruel thing, Tevez to get the only goal"
Lyn, Wilmslow -"sorry chaps it's a red victory tonight Scholes,Giggs and Rooney on starting line - beat that if you can!!"
1955: The two teams are in the tunnel and exchange a few icy stares before eyes are cast straight towards the pitch. Not long to wait now!
Tony, Essex -"I think Fergie has been a little too conservative tonight, hope it doesn't backfire. BELIEVE"
Daniel, Southampton -"0-0! So much expectation its gotta disapoint! But come on UNITED! So much experience and talent in the team tonight!"
Andy, Negril Jamaica -"Think City will stroll it, too much firepower, 3-0 as long as they keep 11 players on the park."
Peter, Cardiff -"Lol Park. Ferguson has lost it! City to win 4-0. Easy"
1936:Now you have had some time to digest the team news and line-ups. Have Mancini and Fergie got it right? It appears to me that Man United are set-up not to lose tonight which could backfire if City are in an attacking mood. Let me know yours thoughts via the box above.
Welcome to Orange's build-up to what is being billed as the biggest ever Manchester derby.
Title rivals City and United will lock horns at the Etihad Stadium, with the Red Devils boasting a three-point lead over their neighbours at the top of the Premier League.
However, due their superior goal difference, City will replace United at the summit if they win with just two games to go after tonight's mouth-watering showdown.
Team news -Roberto Mancini, in typical Italian fashion, is playing it cool ahead of the crunch derby saying, "For us, it will be just one more game." Tonight, the Man City boss remains unchanged from the 2-0 away win which relegated Wolves. Mario Balotelli is on bench after serving his suspension.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson has dubbed this match, "the biggest Manchester derby ever" and makes four alterations from the crazy 4-4 draw with Everton for the battle ahead.
Phil Jones gets the nod ahead of the erratic Rafael and Chris Smalling will partner Rio Ferdinand in the heart of the Man United defence.
Sir Alex also includes the vastly-experienced duo of Ryan Giggs and Ji-Sung Park instead of Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck.
Mark Scott will be in the hotseat so send your pre-match comments and predictions via the box above. Live commentary is at 2000.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 30 April 2012, 7:00pm
- Etihad Stadium
- Attendance: 47,259
|Man City||v||Man Utd|
Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League after a deserved 1-0 victory over derby rivals United at the Etihad Stadium.
Vincent Kompany's winner in first-half stoppage time means that if City win their final two games - at Newcastle on Sunday and at home to QPR on the last day - they will be crowned champions for the first time since 1968.
And clearly the prospect does not please Sir Alex Ferguson, who approached opposite number Roberto Mancini in a finger-jabbing fury after Nigel de Jong had brought down Danny Welbeck in the second half.
The Italian responded in kind and at one point only fourth official Mike Jones stood between the pair, who after repeated clashes, were eventually pulled apart by their backroom staff.
Tempers had cooled at the final whistle enough for the customary handshake to take place, although the fire mattered little to City.
Just four games after that Arsenal debacle, after which their hopes appeared dead, City are back on top and agonisingly close to their holy grail after completing a league double over their great rivals for only the second time in 42 years.
Although the team sheets indicated Ferguson had adopted a cautious approach and Mancini a more attack-minded one, in fact the opening exchanges provided an alternate view.
With his midfield reinforced by the introduction of Park Ji-sung to a Premier League starting line-up for the first-time since January, Ferguson's side quickly got into their stride and looked capable of carving out a decent opportunity or two.
However, Nani wasted their clearest opportunity when he ignored Phil Jones' overlapping burst and let fly from 35 yards with a shot that was hopelessly off-target.
City meanwhile began sluggishly, their midfield seemingly incapable of stringing a succession of passes together with any regularity.
Samir Nasri was the man who sparked them into life with a couple of mazy dribbles as the hosts started to get near the byline, which always gives defences cause for concern.
Sergio Aguero screwed a volley wide, then Pablo Zabaleta seized on an opportunity he would have been better leaving for Nasri and his shot rolled through to David de Gea.
After all the hype, it was hardly a classic, although as the clock ticked down towards half-time, the United camp presumably reflected they were quite happy at that.
So, to go behind in stoppage time in such orthodox fashion would have been particularly galling for the visitors.
De Gea's frailties under the high ball are well known by now. When David Silva curled over the second of successive corners, a stronger, more confident goalkeeper might have come to punch.
Instead, he left it to his defenders.
Chris Smalling, like Park, making his first start since January after Jonny Evans was ruled out through injury, momentarily lost Kompany on their run from the edge of the box and was still marginally out of position when the Belgian rose to power home from six yards.
It was a devastating goal for United to lose as there had been no obvious indication they were likely to score.
Wayne Rooney looked particularly out of sorts, isolated up front and generally unhappy with the buffeting he was receiving, which had only drawn one yellow card for Kompany.
The second half was only 12 minutes old when Ferguson offered his star man some badly-needed support, replacing Park with Welbeck.
Immediately before the change though United might have found themselves two down when De Gea came for a corner without getting near it and Nasri ended up curling wide of the far post.
Even when the Red Devils did build some attacking momentum, their final pass was either off-target or overhit, ensuring Hart was not tested.
However, with his side well capable of grabbing a second, Mancini's decision to replace Carlos Tevez with De Jong hinted at containment, a very dangerous ploy against this particular set of opponents.
Yaya Toure did thrash a long-range effort wide, his shot close enough to have De Gea scrambling across his goal.
And, in truth, United seemed to have precious few ideas about prising their opponents open.
De Jong's foul on Welbeck brought a yellow card for the Dutchman and sparked the furious touchline row between Ferguson and Mancini. Peace was eventually restored but the visitors failed to feed off their manager's fire.
Toure came agonisingly close to grabbing a second for the Blues and De Gea made an excellent save to deny Gael Clichy.
And despite five minutes' stoppage time, the Blues cruised home, and the songs of celebration began with City two games from glory.