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Saturday 09 November 2013

On this day in 2002: City pounce on United errors

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a frantic Manchester derby in 2002

  • Goater pounced on Gary Neville's mistake to restore the lead to Man City

  • The striker scored his 100th goal for the club when making it 3-1

  • Keegan said that he would remember this match for ever

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

9 November  2002 - Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United

Manchester City recorded their first Barclays Premier League victory over their fierce rivals with Shaun Goater scoring twice in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off.

In a frantic opening Nicolas Anelka gave City the lead on five minutes after Fabien Barthez had fumbled Goater’s shot. Less than three minutes later United were level through Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who slotted his shot past former team-mate Peter Schmeichel.

Goater then restored City’s lead on 26 minutes when he pounced on Gary Neville’s underhit backpass. It was another United defensive mistake that led to City’s third. Phil Neville was caught in possession and Niclas Jensen fed the ball to Eyal Berkovic, who set up Goater for his 100th goal for the club.

“I have been involved in some great derby matches over the years but I will remember this one forever,” Kevin Keegan, the City manager, said.

His counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that his team had felt his fury after the match.

“Quite simply, they have underachieved,” he said. “They have received a rollicking and rightly so.”

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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 beat Man Utd for the first time in the competition