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Monday 10 February 2014

On this day in 2008: City win emotional Manchester derby

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash

  • Old Trafford paid tribute to the victims of the Man Utd's Munich air crash 50 years on

  • Both sets of players wore commemorative kits to mark the occasion

  • On the pitch, Darius Vassell gave City the lead after weathering early pressure from United

  • The visitors doubled their advantage through substitute and debutant Benjani

  • Michael Carrick scored a consolation, but City held on for an impressive 2-1 victory

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

10 February 2008: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester United were unable to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash with a victory as neighbours Manchester City won at Old Trafford for the first time in 34 years.

The day was all about remembering the 23 victims of the disaster in 1958 with both sides wearing special shirts and managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Sven-Goran Eriksson each laying a wreath on the pitch before an impeccably observed minute's silence.

Every spectator was also given a scarf in their team's colours along with a memento letter.

Once the match kicked off, second-placed United made the brighter start with Joe Hart tipping a Ryan Giggs effort over the bar - but after weathering the storm it was City who took a 25th-minute lead.

Martin Petrov slipped the ball through to Stephen Ireland, whose shot was blocked by Edwin van der Sar, but Darius Vassell was there to score his fourth Barclays Premier League goal of the season at the second attempt.

City doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when debutant Benjani, whose last appearance for previous club Portsmouth was also at Old Trafford, headed in a right-wing cross from Petrov for his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign.

United struggled to get back into the match in the second half and Michael Carrick's goal from the edge of the area, scored two minutes into stoppage time, was just a consolation.

The victory was City's first in five Barclays Premier League matches and completed their first double over United since the 1969/70 season.

It left United still second in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal, while City remained seventh.

United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz said: "It was not our day. We didn't play well and need to accept that. City were really difficult to play against because they were very organised and compact waiting for the counter-attack."

City manager Eriksson said: "I am extremely proud of all my team. To come to Old Trafford and win – and to deserve to win – is great."

United managed to overhaul Arsenal to finish as champions, two points ahead of Chelsea, while City came ninth.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man City won the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash