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The Manchester Derby
It might not be the top of the table clash that supporters of both Manchester sides have enjoyed in previous years, but local derbies always have the potential to be tasty, and historically this fixture has been awash with memorable moments. Here are just a few that you might remember:
1970: George Best - a mercurial player not known for his tackling - took an unusually heavy first touch before flying into a challenge with City defender Glyn Pardoe. Inexplicably to modern eyes, the referee waved the game on, despite Pardoe having suffered a broken leg.
1974: Denis Law, a man who had enjoyed a decade of success at Manchester United, had returned for a second spell at City and found himself at the centre of attention as the two sides clashed on the penultimate day of the season - United needing to win to have a chance of avoiding relegation. The game was goalless until Franny Lee burst through and drove the ball across the box, finding Law, who nonchalantly backheeled the ball past Alex Stepney in the United goal. Law knew the impact of the goal, and kept his arms lowered at his side as his teammates congratulated him. He was later substituted and left the pitch with his head down.
2001: A bitter feud between United skipper Roy Keane and City midfielder Alf-Inge Haland had been bubbling away since 1998, when Keane ruptured his knee ligament challenging Haland, who was playing for Leeds United at the time. Haland leaned over Keane, who was in a heap on the floor, and accused him of feigning injury - something he didn’t forget. When the two players came face-to-face three years later, Keane took his revenge - crashing his studs into Haland’s knee, before receiving a red card and having a quiet word with the Norwegian as he lay on the floor receiving treatment.
2011: One of the finest moments in derby history came at Old Trafford when Wayne Rooney scored the winner with an overhead kick. Any half-decent lip-readers will know what Sir Alex Ferguson thought of the goal, his reaction beautifully captured by the TV cameras.
So what will happen this time around? Can United upset the odds and get something from the game? If they do it will make City’s chances of retaining the Premier League crown even more difficult than they already look. City will be without the injured Sergio Aguero, who has scored 9 goals in previous derbies, just two short of Wayne Rooney’s record.
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