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United stun City at the death

2012-12-09 17:37

Manchester - Robin van Persie scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United clinched a dramatic 3-2 away victory over Manchester City to extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League to six points on Sunday.

United looked to have squandered a chance to claim the Manchester derby bragging rights when Pablo Zabaleta's equaliser with four minutes remaining completed a brave comeback from City, who had been given a lifeline by Yaya Toure's second half goal after trailing to a first half brace from Wayne Rooney.

But Alex Ferguson's side underlined their determination to wrestle the title back from City with a sensational response though Van Persie, whose deflected free-kick handed the champions their first Premier League defeat of the season and their first home league loss since Everton won at Eastlands in December 2010.

United only had three attempts on target in the entire match, but they made them all count, starting in the 16th minute.

Ashley Young picked out Rooney and the United striker scuffed a low shot past wrong-footed City goalkeeper Joe Hart into the corner of the net.

City were rocked by that setback and Rooney netted again in the 29th minute, this time meeting Rafael da Silva's cross with a fine, first-time finish that gave Hart no chance.

That made Rooney the youngest player to reach 150 Premier League goals at 27 years and 46 day.

Young had a goal harshly ruled out for a offside in the second half when he fired home after van Persie's shot hit the bar.

Then Ivorian midfielder Toure slotted home from Carlos Tevez's pass in the 60th minute and City thought they had escaped when Argentine defender Zabaleta smashed in a low shot after United failed to clear a corner.

But there was a sting in the tale as United won a free-kick deep into stoppage-time and Van Persie curled in a shot that deflected off Samir Nasri and flashed past Hart.

The remarkable finale was marred however when United defender Rio Ferdinand was hit by an object thrown from the crowd as he celebrated the winner.

AFP

Comments
  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-12-09 17:48

    CIty fans are scumbags and bad losers! Nice one united!!

      AlanandChristineBoxley - 2012-12-09 17:53

      yeah knobhead and i suppose Utd so called fans are really gracious in defeat !! NOT !!!

      paul.botha.967 - 2012-12-09 17:55

      Yeah tosspot bad losers on your bike! Looosers!!!!!

      nick.v.heuvel.1 - 2012-12-09 18:45

      @ Alan......based on the display from those "classy" city fans , Manchester UNITED deserved that win. (I will admit , the goals from city made it interesting) United were simply the better team. On your bike son.

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-09 19:18

      Chatsworth must be happy

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-12-09 20:45

      Good game of football,but its a shame it will be remembered for the wrong reasons.It only takes a few people who claim to be 'fans' to ruin it and tarnish the sport and their own club.Nothing but hooligans.The rest of the world saw what Man City do- they turn nasty when they lose and they still throwing money at their problems.Chants of gorilla and all sorts...whats wrong with some people?It's a damn football match not a WAR.Rooney and Van Persie are the most formidable strike force in the Premier League at the minute.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-09 17:54

    Yay!!!! And well done to Rooney. Genius on the field.

  • glen.golding.9 - 2012-12-09 18:13

    Well done MU.We need to up our game if we want the title.

  • selwyn.breytenbach.5 - 2012-12-09 18:27

    Well done MU However my friends will say the REF is to blame!!!!!!!

  • machoene.kaizer - 2012-12-09 18:42

    Xmanchester(Xunited Xcity)=0 solve 4 X.weldone rooney nw it is simple 2 get the ansa

  • Ntsebele Gugushe - 2012-12-09 18:44

    congrats to Man U for keeping top spot go boys go

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-09 19:03

    Coin tossers!

  • sabelo.mashego.90 - 2012-12-09 19:25

    One more slip up by our noisy neighbours n we will reclaim what has always been ours come May.

  • craig.joseph7 - 2012-12-10 07:42

    VINTAGE UNITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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