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Saturday 10 May 2014

On this day in 2009: Man Utd close in on glory after beating rivals

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a derby win for champions elect Man Utd

  • Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target as Man Utd beat rivals City 2-0

  • Ronaldo set the league leaders on their way with a deflected free-kick after 18 minutes

  • That was the Portuguese forward's 25th goal of the seasons in all competitions

  • Tevez doubled their advantage and put United within touching distance of the title rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

10 May 2009 - Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City

Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez scored in the first half to move Manchester United closer to retaining their Barclays Premier League title with a derby victory over rivals Manchester City.

Ronaldo put the hosts ahead with a deflected free-kick and Tevez hit a long-range second as leaders United restored their three-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table with only two fixtures of the season remaining.

United, playing their 62nd match of the season, started in positive fashion with Ji-Sung Park firing just wide, before they took the lead in the 18th minute.

Stephen Ireland fouled Dimitar Berbatov 25 yards from goal and Ronaldo did the rest. With the aid of a deflection, the Portuguese forward found the net for the 25th time of the season, 18 of which came in the League.

City hit back with Robinho firing just wide of the post before Tevez almost doubled the lead when his curling shot came back off the woodwork.

But Tevez was not to be denied on the stroke of half-time when Darren Fletcher and Berbatov combined to set him up, before he crashed his strike in off the post. It was the Argentina international's 14th goal of the campaign in all competitions.

City improved in the second half and Robinho missed a chance from eight yards before Martin Petrov was denied by United keeper Edwin van der Sar.

At the other end, Tevez hit the woodwork for the second time in the afternoon - but this time with a header from close range.

The victory left United needing four points from their final two matches to be crowned champions for third consecutive season - a feat they achieved by drawing with Arsenal and winning at Hull City.

Manchester City picked up three points from their final two fixtures to finish in 10th place.

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Key Points

  • 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 Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez sealed a derby win for Manchester United