Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City, 2009
Derbies and rivalries add so much passion and excitement to football and it is no different in the Premier League as well. The Manchester derby remains one of the biggest rivalries in the country and has given us some unforgettable moments. But one of the most astonishing Manchester derbies was staged in the 2009-10 season as United came out on top against their local rivals 4-3.
Much was talked about the resurgence City has undergone and the money that has come into the club and the derby grabbed lots of attention as City looked to stamp their resurgence on their rivals.
But all was not going to plan as Wayne Rooney gave the home side a lead in less than 2 minutes. But the visitors equalised with Gareth Barry. This would go on to repeat as United lead City twice again only to be equalised by Craig Bellamy and some seriously questionable United defence. Bellamy’s second of the night came in dramatic fashion as he netted in the 90th minute to level the scores. As Mark Hughes and his men looked to steal a point away from United, the home side came back in typical fashion.
Michael Owen, the boy that tormented many United defences during his time at Liverpool announced himself on the big Manchester derby stage. The veteran striker neatly finished past the City keeper in the 6th minute of added time to hand United a very dramatic derby win.
Old trafford exploded into joy as it has done on so many occassions, but this time it was a bit more special as they got one over their “noisy neighbours”. This was a classic example of how United sides under Fergie used to push the opponents till the final whistle and they once again snatched the win in “Fergie time”.
As the rivalry between the two clubs is always on the rise, this famous evening in Manchester would remain one of the most memorable ones for United.