• English Barclays Premier League
  • 9 December 2012, 1:30pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,166
Man CityMan CityvMan UtdMan Utd
  • Yaya Touré, 60
  • Zabaleta, 86
  • Rooney, 16
  • Rooney, 29
  • van Persie, 90+2

live commentary

FULL-TIME: UNITED GO SIX CLEAR! It doesn't get much better than that for Manchester United. They ended Man City's unbeaten start to the season, they've ended Man Ciy's mammoth unbeaten home record and they are now six points clear at the top of the Premier League table. How Man City pick themselves up from this I do not know. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.

90+4 mins: An ugly end to to what has been a superb game of football. Ferdinand has been struck by something and is cut above his eye and Tevez has just kicked Jones right in front of a livid Fergie!

90+2 MINS: MAN UNITED HAVE NICKED IT! What drama! Tevez clumsily clips Rafael's legs to give Man United a free-kick from a inside-right position. Then, VAN PERSIE's free-kick takes a wicked deflection off Nasri's lazy stuck-out leg and nestles into the bottom-left corner. Unbelieveable!

90 mins: Four minutes are added on to this fascinating Manchester derby. De Gea is being kept very busy in the Man United goal!

88 mins: Tevez goes into the book as City continue to press for what would be a dramatic winning goal. Welbeck's come on for Man United by the way, replacing Cleverley.

David, Barnsley -"only one man will get the winner in this game, and its edin dzekooooooo!!"

85 MINS: MAN CITY EQUALISE! The City fans go wild! Man United only half-clear a corner to the edge of their own box, where ZABALETA comes racing in unmarked to crack it into the bottom left corner! He wants the ball back too. The reigining champions are sensing a winner!

83 mins: Tevez blasts Nasri's awkward cross over the bar and with that comes the introduction of Dzeko. He replaces the yellow-carded Y Toure. Man United also make a change with Valencia coming off for Jones. 4-5-1 now for the Red Devils.

Sanchez, London -"Dzeko To Score!!!"

81 mins: Dzeko is going to be playing his super-sub role in a minute but before then, Valencia is thwarted down the right side by Clichy.

78 mins: RVP heads over a cross from the left and City hit the bar immediately after! It's Silva who strikes it, with the ball taking a lucky but crucial deflection off the shoulder of an unsuspecting De Gea.

73 mins: Oh dear. The ref's really let himself down here as he blows for a free-kick after Y Toure is bursting through on goal, riding three Man United tackles in the process. The yellow card shown to Rooney will not do anything to soften the blow.

70 mins: Smalling, who has his hands full with Aguero, gives De Gea a right rollicking for not coming to collect Zabaleta's through ball. Thankfully for Man United it goes out for a goal-kick.

67 mins: Tevez is in on goal but the lack of pace on the pass through allows Smalling to bite back at the Argentine's ankles. Tevez could have gone down but instead taps a feeble effort straight at De Gea.

66 mins: The ref now shows a card to Ferdinand for his raised foot on former team-mate Tevez. I'm sure deep down Rio enjoyed that one.

63 mins: This game is so wide open! Man City want a penalty. Man United want a penalty. The referee wants a lie down!

60 MINS: MAN CITY BACK IN IT! The hosts go up the other end and score! You have to feel sorry for De Gea here who makes an incredible double save to deny Tevez and Silva from close range. The ball is played back to Y TOURE who belts the ball in from the edge of the area! What a game we have on our hands here!

59 mins: van Persie roars into life by smashing the right post with a fine effort on his weaker right foot. Young taps in the rebound but the flag is up offside! Wrongly too, as Zabaleta is playing the former Villa man on! What a let-off!

57 mins: Man City up the tempo again and only a vital interception prevents Aguero from tapping in. The hosts win another corner which results to nothing.

53 mins: Nasri's the first player in the book after saying a bit too much to the referee. That's pretty much all he has done so far today.

51 mins: Balotelli has simply not justified his selection today and he trudges off to be replaced by Tevez. Seconds earlier, Cleverley smacks one over as Man United look to deal the final killer blow.

48 mins: You'll remember me typing earlier that Evans was struggling with an injury. Well, he's coming off now to be replaced by Smalling. Tevez is about to get stripped off too...

45 mins: Welcome back to the second-half where Mancini has surprisingly made no changes to his side who looked like they had run out of ideas already. Is there any way back for City?

HALF-TIME: Man City have had plenty of the ball in the first-half but have been stung badly by a clinical Wayne Rooney. A point would have suited Man United today but as it stands, they are charging towards opening a six point gap at the top of the Premier League. Can City recover? Join me again in 15 minutes to find out.

45 mins: Two more minutes until this nightmare first-half for City is over. It's clear to see they are still dizzy from Rooney's two knockout blows.

43 mins: Balotelli tries to slide Aguero in but the Argentine's path is blocked off well by Ferdinand. He and Evans have won everything in this first-half.

42 mins: Barry wastes a great chance to get City back into this derby before half-time, but he scuffs his shot way wide of De Gea's left-hand post.

39 mins: Moans and groans from the City fans as Zabaleta commits a couple of needless challenges. Man United are looking comfortable now after riding that mini-wave of City pressure.

36 mins: City are trying to recapture the tempo they set from the very first whistle but red shirts are hounding them all over the place now. The hosts do win a corner though which lifts spirits, albeit briefly as the defence clear the danger.

33 mins: Only a toe poke away from Barry inside his own box stops Rooney getting on the end of another cross from the right wing. Rooney is finding space far too easily.

31 mins: I may be getting ahead of myself here but how long has Roberto Mancini got left if City lose this game? They'll be six points off their arch-rivals at the top and there are already out of Europe of course.

29 MINS: ROONEY GETS HIS SECOND! Another knockout blow for City! The visitors work the ball down the right hand side with Rafael providing the overlap. He guides a fantastic ball straight into the path of the undetected ROONEY, who drills it beyond a helpless Hart. The City fans sit in stunned silence!

26 mins: Y Toure tries to barge his way through on goal but goes down after Rafael has a nibble on one of his lanky legs. The ref's not buying it though and indicates a goal-kick to the Red Devils.

23 mins: We resume with chances at either end as Young is through one-on-one but misjudges the flight off the pass over the top. Then, Aguero twists and turns around Man United's much-talked about shaky defence before shooting tamely straight at De Gea.

20 mins: There goes my man of the match bet already. Kompany has had to go off, apparently with a groin strain, and is replaced by K Toure. A massive blow to Man City very early on.

19 mins: There's injury concerns for both sides as Evans and Kompany both glance towards the bench. Not good news, especially for City.

16 MINS: MAN UNITED TAKE THE LEAD! Where on earth has this come from?! A goal completely against the run of play! Rooney picks the ball up inside the area and he drags his shot in between Barry's legs before it pea-rolls into the bottom-left corner. Hart glued to the spot!

14 mins: City surge forward with Yaya Toure who takes the sting out of the attack with an overhit pass out wide to Balotelli. He's then lucky not to go in the book for a late diving tackle on Evans.

11 mins:Silva plays a lovely, raking ball over the left wing where Clichy does well to race onto it. He hooks it into the area where the unmarked Balotelli spoons it over the crossbar. A busy start for the Italian.

10 mins: The game has quietened down now after that frantic start. It's still City doing all the pressing though. Man United have barely been out of their own half yet.

5 mins:Ferdinand concedes a free-kick just outside his own area and the reintroduced Balotelli struts over to take it. He belts it low and hard, forcing De Gea to paw away from his left hand post.

7 mins: City keep the pressure on after De Gea's stop with a corner which is whipped in well by Balotelli. The Red Devils eventually get the ball back after Nasri runs into trouble.

3 mins: The usual start to this feisty Manchester derby. It's scrappy, there's tackles flying in everywhere, the ref's whistle is going off every two seconds. Just how we like it!

0 mins: We're off! Man United in their red shirts will kick-off as 'Blue Moon' rings around the Etihad Stadium. I think they'll be a few 'Championes' chants too!

Dave, York -"Mancini doesnt want to win this then,down to 10 before 1/2 time.Whats wrong with Tevez alongside Aguero?"

1324: The two teams are in the tunnel, with their eyes firmly fixed on the pitch which has been labelled "damp" by Tom Cruise (yes, really). I've put a few coins on Rafael to be booked first at 10/1 and also Kompany to be man of the match at 16/1.

1245: The teams are in people! Scroll down to see how the Manchester sides will line-up at 1330. Zabaleta, Clichy, Nastasic, Aguero and Balotelli are in for Maicon, Kolarov, Lescott, Tevez and Dzeko for the hosts. De Gea, Valencia and Cleverley start in place of Lindegaard, Anderson and Fletcher for Man United. Happy with those starting line-ups?

Orange's Mark Scott will bring you live commentary from 1330. In the mean time click his name above to send in your match predictions, and any bets you've got on today.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Kolo T, Garcia, Tevez, Dzeko, Lescott.

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Van Persie. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 9 December 2012, 1:30pm
  • Etihad Stadium
  • Attendance: 47,166
Man CityMan CityvMan UtdMan Utd
  • Yaya Touré, 60
  • Zabaleta, 86
  • Rooney, 16
  • Rooney, 29
  • van Persie, 90+2

match report

Robin van Persie's deflected injury-time free-kick gave Manchester United an incredibly dramatic 3-2 derby win over Manchester City and struck a major marker in the Premier League title race.

Wayne Rooney's two first-half goals had looked set to give United a comfortable victory before City hit back through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta in an engrossing encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

But then in stoppage time, the late free-kick from Van Persie, who had been wanted by City before he joined United in the summer, flicked off Samir Nasri in the wall and condemned the defending champions to their first home defeat in the top flight in two years.

A United win in part avenged their double derby losses last season and Holland international Van Persie's late strike also moved Sir Alex Ferguson's team six points clear at the top of the table.

It was a typically adrenalin-fuelled opening five minutes, with neither set of players pulling out of tackles amid a fierce and fiery atmosphere but City began to dominate possession in the early stages.

However, against the run of play, Sir Alex Ferguson's United took the lead in the 16th minute as Rooney's tame finish from just inside the penalty area left Joe Hart wrong-footed and concluded a slick counter-attack.

Mancini's team were stunned, lost their momentum and suffered a further setback in the 21st minute when a groin injury meant captain Vincent Kompany had to be substituted and replaced by Kolo Toure.

City became ragged and were duly punished in the 29th minute when Rooney doubled United's advantage from Rafael da Silva's low, right-side cross to net his 150th Premier League goal.

Shortly after half-time, United were themselves forced into a defensive change when centre-back Jonny Evans, who had sustained an injury before the interval, had to be replaced by Chris Smalling.

Mancini's patience with the ineffective Mario Balotelli, surprisingly selected in the first XI, ran out soon after and the reported AC Milan transfer target stormed down the tunnel having been swapped for former United striker Carlos Tevez.

In contrast to last season's encounter, when United and Ferguson were strongly criticised for their negative tactics, the game continued in a far from cagey style and Ashley Young saw an effort disallowed for a controversial offside decision after Van Persie had hit a post.

To underline United's frustration at the ruling, City moved straight up the other end of the pitch to pull a 60th-minute goal back as Yaya Toure kept his composure after goalkeeper David de Gea had produced an excellent double save from David Silva.

The goal set up a frenzied final half-an-hour of end-to-end football and City got the equaliser their second-half performance deserved when United's deficiencies at set-pieces were again exposed as Zabaleta's 86th-minute half-volley at a corner flew into the back of the net.

There was, however, to be another twist as Van Persie struck deep into stoppage time and the goal was marked by unpleasant scenes as a celebrating Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object seemingly thrown from the City fans.

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team line-up

1Joe Hart
33Matija Nastasic
4Vincent Kompany21
22Gaël Clichy
5Pablo Zabaleta
42Yaya Touré84
8Samir Nasri
21David Silva
18Gareth Barry
45Mario Balotelli52
16Sergio Agüero


14Javi García
28Kolo Touré21
6Joleon Lescott
30Costel Pantilimon
10Edin Dzeko84
32Carlos Tévez52


Martin Atkinson

team line-up

1David De Gea
5Rio Ferdinand
3Patrice Evra
6Jonny Evans49
16Michael Carrick
7Antonio Valencia85
18Ashley Young
23Tom Cleverley88
10Wayne Rooney
20Robin van Persie


19Danny Welbeck88
22Paul Scholes
50Sam Johnstone
11Ryan Giggs
4Phil Jones85
14Javier Hernández
12Chris Smalling49


Martin Atkinson

match stats

possession %5643
shots on target93
shots off target65
tackles won924