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Sunday 08 January 2012

Man United edge thrilling FA Cup derby tie

Wayne Rooney scores twice as Man Utd hold off 10-man Man City

Danny Welbeck scored United's second with a powerful volley in the 30th minute

Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

Manchester United held off a spirited display by 10-man Manchester City to win an enthralling FA Cup third-round encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

Wayne Rooney put the Barclays Premier League champions in front in the ninth minute before Vincent Kompany was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Nani in the 12th minute.

Danny Welbeck extended the visitors' lead before Rooney added his second as United took to a 3-0 lead into the half-time interval.

But despite their numerical disdavantage, City hit back after the break with goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero to set up a thrilling finish.

Kolarov went close with a free-kick in injury time but United, who introduced Paul Scholes as a substitute in the second half, held on to book their place in the fourth-round draw.

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Key Points

  • United beat City in thrilling FA Cup Manchester derby
  • City captain Vincent Kompany red carded in the 12th minute
  • Ten-man City score twice in second half to set up thrilling finale