Man City 0 Man United 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

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.


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