As it happened: City v United

2013-09-22 14:45

Interactive commentary from the Manchester derby between Manchester City and neighbours Manchester United.


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Commentary by Sport24 freelancer, Carlo Petersen

19:03 - So that's a wrap folks! City are convincing winners of the 166th addition of the Manchester derby. Congrats to the Sky Blues!

19:01 - Samir Nasri is awarded the man of the match today. It's been a majestic performance in midfield from the Frenchman, who scored a great goal too.

18:50 - The final whistle blows as Howard Webb wraps up this Manchester derby while City's fans can be heard singing their club anthem Blue Moon Rising. The 'noisy neighbours' take bragging rights here today, and deservedly so. United were well outplayed and have lots of work to do if they want to emulate the team who took top honours last season. Well done to Manchester City though - they walk away from this fixture with their heads held high.

18:45 - PICTURE:

Down, not out: Wayne Rooney cuts a dejected figure after City scored their fourth goal. The striker did, however, manage to pull one goal back for the Red Devils with a stunning free-kick in the dying minutes.

18:44 - Terrific goal from the England man there. That was just too good for Joe Hart to stop!

18:43 - Rooney with chance for a consolation goal here maybe as he lines up a free-kick just outside the box. GOAL!!!

18:36 - City looking to finish with a flurry here as they pick up the pace once more. United are the ones in action now though as Evra hits the post with a firm header and somehow City clear following some pinball in the penalty box.

18:36 - City make another change as Dzeko comes on for Alvaro Negredo in the 76th minute.

18:31 - TWEET:

If you're a united supporter it would've have been well worth changing channel to watch @ABdeVilliers17 bat! - @GraemeSmith49

18:30 - Following some good play on the right flank, United went close to scoring through Fellaini, who stung the hands of Joe Hart with a powerful left-foot shot. 

18:26 - PICTURE:

Flying High: Samir Nasri celebrates after scoring a superb volley to put City 4-0 up. (Gallo Images)

18:22 - United are putting together more passes now as City seemed to have eased off the gas a bit. The Sky Blues are holding firm though as the visitors enjoy a brief spell of dominance.

18:20 - United have a chance here with a free-kick outside the box. Comes to nothing though as the ball from Rooney goes crashing into the wall.

18:18 - Toure muscles his way through the United defence but De Gea knocks his cross behind for a corner. United clear but City are relentless today... they just keep coming back!

18:16 - TWEET:

Fergie's first derby ended 5-1 to City. Just saying... - @dockydockrat

18:13 - Rooney with a chance to pull one back from inside the box, but his shot goes over. Should have done better there.

18:10 - City really look like they are going to score with every attack now. Extremely poor defending and all-round play from Man United. Vidic has his head hanging in shame already - the Devils are lacking in midfield and in attack. Just doesn't seem to be their day today. 

18:08 - City are flying away with this one as Nasri adds to United's woes with a sidefooted volley after a blistering run and pin-point cross from Navas on the right-wing.

18:08 - GOAL!!!!

18:05 - That's three for City as Aguero gets his second. This could be getting ugly for United. Is there a way back? City are looking very dangerous indeed.

18:04 - GOAL!!!!

18:03 - As you would expect, the mood inside the Etihad is pretty jubilant following the events of the first half. The home fans are expecting a rout and seem pretty confident of a big win, but we all know, anything can happen in Manchester derbies. Will we see a remarkable comeback from the Reds? Does not look like it hey!!!

18:01 - TWEET:

Man City lead Man Utd 2-0. Utd look clueless and certainly dont look like scoring. City are dominating. Utd are missing RVP...and Fergie! - @jeremyharris55

17:57 - PICTURE:

All's fair: Wayne Rooney shakes hands with Vincent Kompany as referee Howard Webb looks on. (Gallo Images)

17:52 - TWEET:

Man U do not look the same side as last year. Fergie going banana's upstairs. - @IanJamesPoulter

17:49 - Well lots to be said of last season's champions' performance there in the first-half. It was all City with United looking dismally far from the team who collected top honours last term. Safe to say, Fergie must be pulling his hair out!

17:47 - City have scored again as the first-half comes to a close. Yaya Toure bundling in the second for the hosts after Negredo flicks on at the near post.

17:46 - GOAL!!!!

17:45 - Clearly enraged, the Moyes and Phil Neville could be seen leaping from the dugout to protest against Howard Webb's decision to wave play on following an apparent foul on Rooney. Is the referee is letting City get away with murder so far?

17:42 - Valencia has a shot on goal which goes wide as we approach the halftime whistle. Three minutes left of this half. United have taken a while to settle here, but look to have managed to scrape together a few moves late in the first-half, which has been dominated by their 'noisy neighbours' Man City.

17:40 - PICTURE:

On The Ball: Aguero celebrates after scoring his volley to put City one up against Man United.

17:29 - Appeals for handball and a penalty fall on deaf ears as Wayne Rooney is booked for United. The striker has committed several fouls already and Webb seems to have had enough.

17:28 - Claims for a penalty as Kolarov bursts through (Webbo to the rescue???) but it's another City corner. United clear but the Blues regain possession.

17:25 -  The Red Devils are giving the ball away far too much to make an impact here and which has already proved costly. Vidic doesn’t look happy with his team-mates thus far – he’s given out a few ear-bashings, and rightly so...

17:20 - A couple of predictions coming through on our Facebook Page:

Bvumai Marimira: Sky blue Man City 2 - Man U 1

Oscar Nchumbo: Man utd 4, man city 1

What are your thoughts?

17:17 - Aguero with a stunning volleyed finish to put the hosts ahead after an exquisite cross from Kolarov. United with it all to do here now as City look in the mood the score more.

17:16 - GOAL!!!!! City score through Aguero!

17:14 - Rooney gives away a free-kick on the left after bringing down Aguero. The controversial striker apologises after kicking the ball at Aguero.

17:12 - The hosts are holding the ball well with some quick, neat passing in and around United's box. The visitors seem unsettled and haven't managed to put together more than four passes as yet. Another corner to City as they pile on the pressure. 

17:10 - Another corner to City after some good play on the left involving Aguero and Nasri. The hosts seem to be putting more pressure on their neighbours early on here.

17:07 - TWEET:

Can't wait for the first Fellaini/Yaya 50/50. The earth may crack in two. - @MochineGun

17:06 - First booking of the game goes to Nastasic following an aerial challenge on Smalling.

17:04 - A dreadful clearance from United finds Navas, who shoots at goal from just outside the box, but his shot goes over the bar.

17:03 - First corner of the game goes to City as Aguero tries to beat Vidic on the right. The ball bounces off the defender for a corner which comes to nil for the hosts. Goal-kick.

16:59 - Moyes has gone with Fellaini ahead of Kagawa today. City get this match underway and United in with a chance early on as Welbeck manages to get behind Kompany. The ball goes out for a goal-kick though.

16:56 - The teams are taking to the field at Etihad Stadium. Referee today is Howard Webb. Let's hope he keeps it fair, for City's sake!

16:54 - So whose your money on to win this much awaited manc derby today. Share your feelings on our FACEBOOK PAGE and you might get a mention in this live update.

16:48 - In other Premier League news Arsenal have gone top after edging Stoke City 2-1. Aaron Ramsey fired Arsenal ahead after five minutes and although Stoke equalised through Geoff Cameron, goals from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions for Arsene Wenger's side. Another interesting stat is that Mesut Özil already has the most goal assists in the Premier League this season.

16:45 - Man United manager David Moyes has just confirmed striker Robin Van Persie has a groin strain, which he picked up during the week. Big news (and a hefty blow for the visitors) ahead of this clash is that the Dutchman will not feature for the champions today.

16:35 - Good day and welcome to the highly anticipated Manchester derby. Besides the bragging rights, both teams will definitely be hungry to bag the three points and make some ground in the standings, so we can expect a good game of footy. Watch this space for fireworks!!


Manchester City playmaker David Silva could return after recovering from a thigh injury, while Micah Richards has overcome a hamstring problem but Gael Clichy is not expected to feature following a similar injury.

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck remains doubtful with a knee injury, and Phil Jones (ankle) and Rafael (hamstring) are still sidelined. Shinji Kagawa will hope to retain his place, though Ashley Young and Nani are both in contention.


Just a reminder about the weekend's fixtures and results...

Sunday, September 22

Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City - MATCH REPORT
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City - MATCH REPORT
Cardiff City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur - MATCH REPORT  
Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United - MATCH REPORT

Saturday, September 21

Norwich City 0-1 Aston Villa - MATCH REPORT
Liverpool 0-1 Southampton - MATCH REPORT
Newcastle United 2-3 Hull City - MATCH REPORT
West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Sunderland - MATCH REPORT
West Ham United 2-3 Everton - MATCH REPORT
Chelsea 2-0 Fulham - MATCH REPORT

16:30 - FORUM

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16:30 - AND THE 'EXPERTS' SAY...

Ok, so you've had your say, now read what Sport24's 'experts' predict will happen in ALL this weekend's English Premiership matches!

Click HERE to read the full article...


Clemence Risenga Mavasa - Man City to win 4-1.
Stan Pitse -
The 'noisy neighbours' all the way
Bhekumuzi Mthembu- 
Like alwaz Utd wil be victors. RedTilDeath
Clinton Lerato -
Good luck city
Cuthbert Murwisi -
Anti-Man U for life. I support every team playing against Man U.
Abraham Ojo Ishak -
Up United
Melusi Siyabonga Kubheka -
Man United...#GGMU
Thandeka 'sebe' Sikhosana -
City all the way I'd rather eat spiders than ever support united#CFC4LIFE....score will be 2-1.


Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims he intentionally influenced officials after ex-referee Mark Halsey revealed his close relationship with the former Manchester United manager.

Was Fergie guilty of being "too friendly" with referees?

Read the FULL article here...


After four matches of the season, City find themselves in fourth spot in the standings, ahead of arch-rivals United only on goal difference

13:48 - PICTURE

Usain Bolt eyes-up City's Sergio Aguero (PUMA)


Jamaican multiple world and Olympic champion - and die-hard Manchester United fan - Usain Bolt, has been stirring the pot ahead of kick-off.

Check out this GALLERY of how he gives City's Sergio Aguero a unique lesson on speed...

And watch the VIDEO here!



Last season, City and United beat each other away from home in the Premier League - United won 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in December, City won 2-1 at Old Trafford in April.
Manchester United have won six of the last 10 Premier League meetings between the two clubs, with City winning three.
United have won nine of their 16 Premier League trips to City, who have five victories. There have only been two draws.

Manchester City

- Manchester City have scored in each of their last 52 Premier League home games. The all-time record for the competition is 66, set by Manchester United.
- Since the start of the 2012/13 season, no side has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Manchester City (21).

Manchester United

- United's only win in their last five Premier League away games came on the opening weekend against Swansea (W1, D3, L1).
- Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have scored a combined 28 goals in 23 Premier League starts together (van Persie 15 and Rooney 13).
- Van Persie has scored 13 of the 17 penalties he has taken in the Premier League. He is yet to finish on the losing side when he has scored for United in the Premier League.


Manchester City:

Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Matija Nastasic, Alexandr Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo

Substitutes: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Manchester United:

David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney.

Substitutes: Amos, Evans, Kagawa, Nani, Cleverley, Buttner, Hernandez.

16:30 - Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's M-A-S-S-I-V-E English Premiership clash between neighbours Manchester City and defending champions Manchester United from the Etihad Stadium.

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