Monday 08 April 2013
When Manchester United host their city rivals this evening the away supporters will be quick to remind their hosts about their most recent visit – Manchester City’s 6-1 victory at Old Trafford. However, United can take more than a little comfort from their home record in this fixture.
Of their 15 encounters at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won nine, drawn four and lost just twice to their “noisy neighbours”. Indeed before last season’s shock reverse – which was United’s biggest home defeat since a 5-0 reversal by City in 1950 – the Red Devils had won four of their previous five meetings.
Neutrals can expect an exciting match with a healthy serving of goals the norm in this fixture. Five of the previous six derbies at Old Trafford have produced at least three goals with an average of 4.33 goals a game scored over that six-match sequence.
Four players who will be particularly eager to earn a starting berth will be Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, David Silva and Edin Dzeko. Along with Eric Cantona, Andrei Kanchelskis, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Scholes and Rooney are joint-top scorers with three goals each in this fixture.
Scholes scored twice in United’s 3-1 win in December 2003 and the only goal in a 1-0 victory eight years earlier, while a Rooney goal has been a guarantee of a United victory. The England striker’s most memorable strike was the spectacular overhead kick that decided the derby in February 2011 and which was voted the Premier League Goal of the 20 Seasons.
Dzeko and Silva are just one goal back with two goals apiece at Old Trafford, although City fans might take more encouragement from a Carlos Tevez goal. Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten whenever the former United forward has scored this season.
United are unquestionably the form team, having gone unbeaten in their last 18 Barclays Premier League matches, winning their last seven to open a 15-point gap on the second-placed defending champions. The runaway league leaders have also triumphed in all 12 of their last home matches.
The visitors can take comfort from having kept a clean sheet in each of their last six Barclays Premier League victories and that United were beaten in their most recent outing by Chelsea in the FA Cup, but City will need to draw on the memories of last season’s momentous win if they are to improve on a stuttering away sequence in which they have won just once in four attempts.
Man Utd wins: 9; Man City wins: 2; Draws: 4.
Manchester United: 29; Man City: 18.
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23 Oct 2011 Man Utd 1-6 Man City
12 Feb 2011 Man Utd 2-1 Man City
20 Sep 2009 Man Utd 4-3 Man City
10 May 2009 Man Utd 2-0 Man City
10 Feb 2008 Man Utd 1-2 Man City
9 Dec 2006 Man Utd 3-1 Man City
10 Sep 2005 Man Utd 1-1 Man City
7 Nov 2004 Man Utd 0-0 Man City
13 Dec 2003 Man Utd 3-1 Man City
9 Feb 2003 Man Utd 1-1 Man City
21 Apr 2001 Man Utd 1-1 Man City
14 Oct 1995 Man Utd 1-0 Man City
10 Nov 1994 Man Utd 5-0 Man City
23 Apr 1994 Man Utd 2-0 Man City
6 Dec 1992 Man Utd 2-1 Man City