Man City 0 Man United 1
Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1, The City of Manchester Stadium, English Premier League, April 17, 2010. There was plenty of anticipation ahead of the match between Manchester City and Manchester United, but the nerve wrecking battle seemed destined to end goalless until Paul Scholes scored a late winner for the visitors with only a few seconds left.
In the penultimate away fixture of the 2009-10 season, Paul Scholes handed Manchester United an important 1-0 victory against crosstown enemies Manchester City at The City of Manchester Stadium when the stalwart midfield playmaker netted a last minute winning goal for the visiting side, keeping the club’s title hopes alive. Dutch international Edwin van der Sar was nevertheless the real protagonist as the acrobatic and commanding shot stopper proved to be the difference between two even teams with a number of superb saves to deny the hosts. There were plenty of positive words from Sir Alex Ferguson following the win, with the manager telling the press that had nothing but praise for his players, and the way they played the game. Sir Alex Ferguson: “Experience in these games is definitely important. They have been in so many of these derby games over the years and it is vital. And apart from their own contributions, it also helps the other players.” Manchester City Team: Shay Given, Nedum Onuoha, Vincent Kompany, Gareth Barry, Kolo Toure, Wayne Bridge, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor. Substitutes: Dedryck Boyata, Stephen Ireland, Pablo Zabaleta, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Roque Santa Cruz, Gunnar Nielsen. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Jonathan Evans, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Luis Nani, Gabriel Obertan, Michael Carrick, Rafael da Silva, Dimitar Berbatov, John O’Shea, Tomasz Kuszczak.
Edwin van der Sar Quickfacts
Edwin van der Sar played for Dutch Eredivisie outfit Ajax of Amsterdam, Italian Serie A side Juventus, and Premier League club Fulham before he joined forces with Manchester United in the summer of 2006. While at Old Trafford, he won the Premier League in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011, the League Cup in 2006, and 2009, the Community Shield in 2007, 2008, and 2010, the Champions League in 2008, and the Club World Cup in 2008. Athletic and tall and blessed with amazingly quick reflexes, he also made a name for himself on the international soccer scene, amassing a total of 130 first class appearances for Holland.