Man United 3 Man City 1
Manchester United 3 Manchester City 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, December 9, 2006. The Manchester Reds followed up a 3-1 victory against Portuguese outfit Benfica in the Champions League by beating Manchester City with the same scoreline in the Premier League thanks to a goal each from Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United continued their good form as they beat crosstown overcame Manchester City by 3-1 at Old Trafford. After the early skirmishes, United got themselves into the lead as Wayne Rooney put an excellent low cross from striking partner Cristiano Ronaldo effectively into the back of the net in the sixth minute of action. Manchester United carried on dominating the first half and doubled their advantage through the inform Louis Saha who converted a Gabriel Heinze cross following forty-five minutes of pulsating play. Manchester City reduced the arrears as Hatem Trabelsi beat United netminder Edwin van der Sar with a stunning left-footed shot from the edge of the box in the seventy-second minute, but a close range goal by Ronaldo twelve minutes later put the match beyond their reach. The win over City left Manchester United a comfortable nine points clear of Chelsea in second place, and as much as sixteen points ahead of Portsmouth and Liverpool, who were sitting third and fourth respectively. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Gabriel Heinze, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Louis Saha. Substitutes: John O’Shea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Darren Fletcher, Mikael Silvestre, Tomasz Kuszczak. Manchester City Team: Nicky Weaver, Micah Richards, Ben Thatcher, Sylvain Distin, Richard Dunne, Hatem Trabelsi, Claudio Reyna, Joey Barton, Darius Vassell, Georgios Samaras, Bernardo Corradi. Substitutes: Stephen Ireland, DaMarcus Beasley, Paul Dickov, Nedum Onuoha, Andreas Isaksson.
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Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 in a Division One clash at Maine Road on New Year´s Eve 1949 courtesy of goals from outside right Jimmy Delaney and inside forward Stan Pearson.