4 MEMORABLE MANCH­ESTER SHOW­DOWNS

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March 1968, First Di­vi­sion: Manch­ester Utd 1 Man City 3

GE­ORGE BEST opened the scor­ing for United af­ter just one minute but Colin Bell lev­elled. Cen­tre-back Ge­orge Hes­lop headed City ahead be­fore Fran­cis Lee wrapped up a fa­mous win from the spot. City went on to be­come cham­pi­ons two months later but United eclipsed them by win­ning the Euro­pean Cup.

April 1974, First Di­vi­sion: Manch­ester Utd 0 Man City 1

DE­NIS LAW was crest­fallen as he scored for City with an au­da­cious back­heel against United (be­low). The Red Dev­ils had needed to win to have any hope of avoid­ing the drop and Law’s lack of cel­e­bra­tion, un­der­lin­ing his love for a club where he is revered, in­di­cated their chances were gone. Law was so up­set he never kicked a ball com­pet­i­tively again.

April 2011, FA Cup semi-fi­nal: Manch­ester City 1 Man Utd 0

UNITED held a stran­gle­hold over their neigh­bours in derby meet­ings through­out the 1990s and early 2000s but City’s de­served Wem­b­ley vic­tory un­der­lined their emer­gence as a ma­jor force fol­low­ing their 2008 takeover by Sheikh Man­sour. Yaya Toure scored the only goal of the game early in the sec­ond half.

April 2012, Premier League: Manch­ester City 1 Man Utd 0

THE ti­tle race seemed over when City lost at Ar­se­nal to fall eight points be­hind United with six games re­main­ing. But Roberto Mancini’s men ral­lied and headed into the derby, their third last game of the sea­son, trail­ing by just three points. Vin­cent Kom­pany then headed the only goal on a tense night at the Eti­had Sta­dium to send City top on goal dif­fer­ence. They went on to clinch the ti­tle, al­beit in even more dra­matic cir­cum­stances on the fi­nal day.

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