Man United 3 Man City 1
Manchester United 3 Manchester City 1, Old Trafford, English Football League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg, January 27, 2010. Manchester City´s search for their first major trophy since the 1975-76 season continued after the 3-1 defeat against Sir Alex Ferguson´s Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Eastland´s club were 2-1 ahead from the first leg of the semi-finals the week before, but a Wayne Rooney header saw United reach the final 4–3 on aggregate.
Whenever Manchester City and Manchester United find themselves playing against each other, a whole lot of fireworks are anticipated, and the Football League Cup Semi-Final encounter between the two Premier League giants at The Theatre of Dreams on Wednesday the 27th of January 2010 was no exception to the rule. In their previous meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday the 20th of September 2009, United had managed to edge out City by a hard earned and narrow 4–3 margin courtesy of a late stoppage time winner from former Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Newcastle United goal plunderer Michael Owen. Manchester United went into the second leg of the semi final fresh from a respectable 4-0 Premier League triumph against relegation candidates Hull City at their Old Trafford fortress with the inform Wayne Rooney registering all four goals for the high flying club. The Eastlanders, for their part, entered the game on the back of a 4-2 FA Cup Fourth Round victory against Football League Championship side Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park thanks to one goal apiece from Martin Petrov, Nedum Onuoha, Sylvinho, and Robinho respectively. Ahead of the Carling Cup Semi Final Second Leg, however, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had been hellbent on beating Manchester City following the closely contested 2-1 defeat which his team had suffered at the hands of their longtime enemies at the City of Manchester Stadium in the first leg the previous week, while his managerial counterpart Roberto Mancini looked forward to give the Old Trafford outfit a real trashing on their own soil.
Scotland international Darren Fletcher enjoyed an excellent match along with the rest of the Manchester United midfield, and the energetic box-to-box playmaker was one of the main protagonists of the game. And although no goals were produced by either team during the opening forty-five minutes of the tussle, The Manchester Derby was action packed and fast paced right from the very beginning of the battle. And as the high profile and much anticipated midweek fixture progressed further, Manchester United gradually settled down and got well into their stride with some magnificent football played against their cross-town nouveau riche neighbours. Ferguson´s troops made the stronger start to the second period of action, and just seven minutes after the half time refreshments, the red shirts finally went ahead as offensive oriented midfield architect Paul Scholes registered his fourth goal of the 2009-10 campaign, brilliantly steering the ball past Manchester City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and into the back of the net from over eighteen yards out. The early second frame goal from Scholes was then followed by a long period of some intense pressure from Manchester United and the aggressive and determined home side looked to have sealed the tie when Fletcher managed to control the ball inside the eighteen-yard area and laid it off for Three Lions midfielder Michael Carrick who shot The Reds into a deserved 2-0 lead in the 70th minute of the League Cup clash.
Things may have appeared somewhat grim for Manchester City, but Roberto Mancini´s plucky team managed to hit back a mere six minutes later in the contest when controversial and flamboyant forward Carlos Tevez found the net for the visitors after beating Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand to the ball and then flicking it past Netherlands international Edwin van der Sar to equalise for The Sky Blues. The goal looked to have ensured extra time until a beautiful and precise cross from Ryan Giggs found dangerman Wayne Rooney who headed the ball past the City netminder and into the goal from only six yards out to make the scoreboard at Old Trafford read 3-1 in favour of United. And shortly afterwards the final whistle loudly proclaimed that Manchester City remained the poor relations of football. A wise man once said that if you really want to annoy your neighbour, all that you have to do is to tell the truth about him. How very true he was. Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nani, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia, Ji-Sung Park, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen. Manchester City Team: Shay Given, Dedryck Boyata, Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Gareth Barry, Javier Garrido, Nigel de Jong, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Craig Bellamy, Carlos Tevez. Substitutes: Stuart Taylor, Nedum Onuoha, Silvinho, Abdi Ibrahim, Stephen Ireland, Emmanuel Adebayor, Martin Petrov.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United overcame Manchester City by 1-0 in a League Cup Third Round fixture at Old Trafford on the 9th of October 1974. The match was deadlocked at half-time at 0-0, but a penalty goal from Gerry Daly with twelve minutes left of normal time handed Tommy Docherty´s team the win.