Premier League

  • S. Agüero 63’
0 Half Time 0
Premier League
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 45,358


    • KICK OFF
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      Jovetic finds Navas on the right wing, and the Spaniard pushes forward before trying to beat Shaw on the edge of the penalty area. The young left-back sends the ball out for a corner, however, which United are just about able to deal with.
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      United are pushing as many bodies forward as possible but the City defence, which now consists of almost every blue shirt on the pitch, are holding firm and denying them the opportunity to find a way through at this late stage.
    • 45'
      Jovetic chips a beautiful pass over the top of the United defence and into the path of Toure, who, just as he is about to shoot, is brought crashing to the ground by Rojo. He pleads to the referee for a penalty, but he shakes his head and blows his whistle to bring an end to the first half.
    • 90'
      Wilson skips past two blue shirts before being dispossessed by a fantastic Kompany tackle, which sends the ball out for a corner. It's just about dealt with by Clichy, who volleys it out of play for another corner, before the second is finally cleared away from danger and towards the halfway line.
    • 45'
      It's all City at the moment as United sit back in an attempt to head into the half-time break with the scores still level at 0-0.
    • 90'
      Another great chance for Toure! Fernandinho curls a beautiful cross towards the Ivorian on the edge of the six-yard box, and his headed effort ends up beating both De Gea and the crossbar.
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      My name is Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
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      The win means that City, who face a trip to Queens Park Rangers next weekend, are now just two points behind Southampton in third place in the table, whilst United drop to ninth ahead of their game against Crystal Palace next Saturday.
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      It's all over and City are derby winners for the fourth time in a row thanks to a superb goal from Aguero midway through the second half. Despite Smalling's red card at the end of the first period, today's clash was an incredibly close encounter, with United's makeshift defence putting in a fantasti
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      The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any changes during the half-time break.
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      What a fantastic half of football that was! It was a relatively even affair, with both sides enjoying good spells of possession, but Smalling's sending off completely changed the game, forcing United to sit back and defend against a City side that can smell blood. It's hard to see the visitors being
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      The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off. The atmosphere inside the stadium is electric, with both sets of fans in fine voice.
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      There's been a late change for City as Kolarov has picked up an injury during the warm-up. Clichy comes in to the starting line-up to replace him.
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      Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has made just two changes to the United side that started last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea, with Valencia coming in to the squad to replace Rafael at right-back, whilst Rooney returns from suspension, forcing Mata out of the starting 11 and onto the substitutes' b
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      City boss Manuel Pellegrini has decided to make four changes to the side that were beaten 2-1 by West Ham in their last league outing, with Aleksandar Kolarov, Martin Demichelis, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic coming in to replace Gael Clichy, Eliaquim Mangala, David Silva and Edin Dzeko.
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      Manchester United substitutes: Lindegaard, McNair, Carrick, Fletcher, Herrera, Mata, Wilson.
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      Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Fellaini; Januzaj, Rooney, Di Maria; Van Persie.
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      Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Boyata, Fernandinho, Nasri, Dzeko.
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      Manchester City XI (4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Navas, Toure, Fernando, Milner; Aguero, Jovetic.
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      There's just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon...
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      After a disappointing start to the season in which they only won one of their opening five Premier League games, the United ship has been steadied somewhat in recent weeks, and the Red Devils now find themselves with the opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to five league games if they avoid def
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      It's been a mixed start to the new league campaign for the hosts, who head into today's clash in a respectable third place but already nine points behind leaders Chelsea. After going three games without a win a month ago - a run that was kick-started by a poor defeat at home to Stoke City - Manuel P
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      Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Manchester United. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from the Etihad Stadium.
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      And we're off!
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      Demichelis brings down Van Persie from behind and United are awarded an early free kick 30 yards out. Di Maria sends a lovely ball into the box that finds the head of Rojo, but the Argentine defender is just a few yards offside.
    • 4'
      A poor pass from Rooney gifts possession to City in the middle of the pitch, but the hosts are unable to find a way into the United penalty area after good defending from the visitors.
    • 5'
      Navas and Shaw battle down the right flank before the Spanish winger sends a looping cross towards the near post, but his attempt is overhit and goes out of play for a goal kick.
    • 7'
      It's been quite a slow and sloppy start, with both sides finding it difficult to string together passes in the middle of the pitch. For now, both seem content to hold on to possession during these nervy moments.
    • 9'
      Milner threads a lovely pass through to Aguero, who then darts into the left hand side of the United penalty area. He beats Valencia before firing a shot from a tight angle, but it's easily punched away by De Gea.
    • 11'
      Fellaini finds himself in acres of space in the middle of the pitch and darts forward, but his run is brought to an end by a great tackle from Kompany. United regain possession quickly, however, and a lofted ball forward from Di Maria is brought down brilliantly by Van Persie, allowing Januzaj the c
    • 13'
      Navas and Shaw are involved in another battle down the right flank, but this time the United youngster commits a foul on the Spaniard and City are awarded a free kick near the halfway line. It's taken quickly and the hosts restart their patient push forward.
    • 15'
      United are enoying a lengthy spell of possession at the moment but are finding it difficult to penetrate City's resolute back line. A lofted ball forward finally finds the head of Van Persie near the back post, but his effort ends up bouncing a few yards wide of the goal.
    • 17'
      Di Maria and Shaw link up well down the left flank and the youngster charges down the wing before sending a low cross into the City penalty area. It's unable to find a red shirt, however, and the hosts are easily able to clear the danger.
    • 19'
      United lose possession near the halfway line and Aguero charges forward before being brought crashing to the ground by a crunching challenge from Rojo, resulting in a free kick for the hosts 30 yards out.
    • 20'
      The resulting set-piece is whipped into the box by Milner but Fellaini is able to use his strength to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 21'
      A fantastic lofted pass is sent forward by Fernando that finds Aguero on the edge of the United penalty area. He brings the ball down incredibly well before firing a shot that is punched away by De Gea.
    • 23'
      Great play by De Gea! First, the Spaniard stops Navas's shot from close range with a great reflex save before charging out to deny Aguero the chance to put City 1-0 ahead with another fantastic piece of goalkeeping.
    • 25'
      After a few nervy moments, United push forward down the right wing through Valencia, but Milner is there to dispossess him before winning the ball once again with a fantastic tackle on Januzaj.
    • 27'
      Toure and Aguero link up well near the cornerflag on the left flank before the Argentine chips a deft pass towards the edge of the six-yard box, but Rojo is there to fire the ball away from danger.
    • 28'
      Toure charges forward and looks set to send a dangerous cross into the United penalty area, but his run is brought to an end by a challenge from behind by Blind, resulting in a yellow card for the Dutchman.
    • 29'
      Toure decides to fire a shot from the resulting set-piece but it ends up sailing comfortably over the top of the crossbar.
    • 31'
      The free kick is whipped into the heart of the City penalty area, where it hits the thigh of Fernando before bouncing into the hands of Hart. The goalkeeper tries to release the ball quickly but he's blocked cynically by Smalling, resulting in a yellow card for the United defender.
    • 31'
      Zabaleta brings down Van Persie with a crunching challenge, resulting in a free kick for the visitors on the left wing. Rooney seems to be arguing with Michael Oliver about why the Argentine wasn't booked for the foul, and the United captain then gets a stern talking to by the referee.
    • 33'
      United are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment, but, as has been the case for the vast majority of the first half so far, they are finding it hard to find a way past City's strong back four.
    • 35'
      Jovetic chips a lovely pass into the path of Milner, who brings the ball down with his thigh before attempting to whip a cross towards the back post, but he loses his balance at the critical moment and sends the ball out of play for a goal kick.
    • 37'
      United push forward through Januzaj on the right wing. He cuts inside before sending the ball over to Di Maria, who is unmarked 25 yards out, and the Argentine then sends a cross towards the edge of the six-yard box but there are no red shirts nearby and Hart is easily able to collect the ball.
    • 39'
      RED CARD! There are still six minutes left to play in the first half and Smalling has already got himself sent off! Milner breaks forward down the left wing and the United defender goes flying into the City midfielder, leaving Michael Oliver no choice but to show him a second yellow card.
    • 40'
      The resulting set-piece is whipped into the heart of the six-yard box where it almost meets the head of Kompany after De Gea completely missed the ball. Any sort of contact would have sent it into the back of the net.
    • 42'
      Toure is left completely unmarked 25 yards out and darts forward before sending a great through-ball into the path of Aguero. The Argentine picks the ball up and turns before seemingly being brought down from behind by Fellaini, but no penalty is given.
    • 43'
      SI M. Carrick SO A. Januzaj
    • 43'
      Smalling's sending off means that a tactical change must be made, and Januzaj has been sacrificed for Carrick, who has come on with just two minutes of the first half left to play.
    • 45'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
    • 46'
      And we're underway once again!
    • 47'
      Navas immediately sprints down the right wing before sending a dangerous cross into the heart of the United penalty area, but it's cleared well by the head of Rojo.
    • 49'
      Rooney picks up the ball near the halfway line and spins around two City players before trying to send a lovely through-ball into the path of Van Persie, but the pass is cut out at the vital moment by Demichelis.
    • 51'
      It's all City at the moment! Toure charges forward before teeing up Navas on the right hand side of the United box, and the Spaniard then sends a low cross towards the near post. It's half cleared by Rojo but ends up falling at the feet of Zabaleta, who blasts the ball just wide of the goal.
    • 53'
      Great play by City! Demichelis dispossesses Van Persie before sliding into Fellaini to keep the Belgian from picking up the ball. He skips past a Rojo tackle and tees up Toure, who then sends a wonderful ball out to Navas. The winger cuts inside and fires a low cross that takes a deflection off a re
    • 55'
      Rojo seems to have picked up a nasty shoulder injury trying to tackle Demichelis, and he looks to be in serious pain as he's stretchered off the pitch.
    • 56'
      SI P. McNair SO A. Januzaj
    • 56'
      Rojo is carried off the pitch to be replaced by McNair. What a tough test this is for the 19-year-old.
    • 57'
      United's makeshift defence look incredibly shaky, and they're finding it impossible to get the ball out of their own half of the pitch.
    • 59'
      Aguero wriggles through a sea of red shirts before clashing with Carrick just inside the United box, but, again, Michael Oliver ignores his pleas for a penalty and waves play on.
    • 60'
      United immediately break away on a quick counter attack through Valencia and Di Maria, but the move is brought to an end by Demichelis, who flies into the winger to give away a free kick and earn himself a yellow card.
    • 61'
      Di Maria whips in a lovely ball from the resulting set-piece but it ends up sailing just over the head of Fellaini and out for a City goal kick.
    • 63'
      G S. Agüero Assist A. Januzaj
    • 63'
      G. Clichy gave the assist.
    • 63'
      GOAL! After knocking on the door for so long, City have finally opened the scoring with a wonderful team goal! Toure threads a fantastic ball past Di Maria and into the path of Clichy, and the Frenchman then pulls back a wonderful pass to Aguero, who fires the ball first time and into the back of th
    • 65'
      United push forward on a quick counter attack after winning back possession in the middle of the pitch, but after a few silky smooth moves from Van Persie on the left wing, the Dutchman's poor low cross ends up giving the ball back to the hosts, who immediately break away on another attack.
    • 67'
      City put the United defence under an incredible amount of pressure, resulting in their fifth corner of the game. The visitors are unable to clear the danger fully, allowing Jovetic the opportunity to curl a great shot from 25 yards out that's stopped well by De Gea.
    • 69'
      Toure breaks through the centre of the United midfield and charges towards the edge of the penalty area before teeing up Navas. The Spaniard sprints into the box and looks set to shoot before Shaw dispossesses him with a fantastic sliding tackle.
    • 70'
      SI S. Nasri SO A. Januzaj
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      City have decided to make their first substitution of the game, with Nasri coming on to replace Milner.
    • 71'
      SI E. Džeko SO A. Januzaj
    • 71'
      And now City have made their second change of the game, with Jovetic making way for Dzeko.
    • 71'
      Great play by Van Persie! The Dutchman turns around Clichy near the byline before firing a low shot towards the near post that is parried out for a corner by Hart.
    • 73'
      Navas takes on Shaw and beats the young left-back before chipping a lovely cross towards the back post, but it's unable to find Nasri and instead ends up being headed away from danger by Valencia.
    • 75'
      City are throwing everything they've got at the United defence! This time, Nasri cuts inside before setting up Aguero with a great low pass, but Carrick is just about able to throw himself in front of the Argentine's shot to stop it from finding its way into the back of the net.
    • 76'
      Navas hits the post! The Spaniard cuts in from the right wing and unleashes a rocket of a shot that beats De Gea but ends up ricocheting off the top of the near post. City are so close to making it 2-0!
    • 77'
      Zabaleta brings down Rooney midway inside the City half of the pitch and earns himself a yellow card.
    • 78'
      Great chance for United! Rooney embarks on a fantastic run through the middle of the City back line before seemingly being brought down by Demichelis just inside the penalty area. The ball falls to Van Persie, whose shot is blocked, before finding its way to Di Maria, who forces Hart into pulling of
    • 79'
      Di Maria sprints forward and beats Clichy before being brought to the ground by Fernando, who is awarded a yellow card.
    • 79'
      What a chance for Fellaini! United are awarded a free kick 35 yards out and Di Maria sends an absolutely wonderful cross into the heart of the City penalty area, where it finds the Belgian. All he has to do is get his head on the ball and it will find its way into the back of the net, but instead he
    • 80'
      Di Maria decides to shoot from the resulting set-piece but his effort is poor and flies well over the top of the crossbar.
    • 82'
      SI J. Wilson SO A. Januzaj
    • 82'
      Louis van Gaal has decided to make one last change to his United side, with youngster Wilson coming on for Van Persie.
    • 84'
      SI Fernandinho SO A. Januzaj
    • 84'
      And now City have made their final change, with Fernandinho replacing a clearly frustrated Aguero.
    • 86'
      United are throwing as many bodies forward as possible in an attempt to find a late equalising goal. They force Kompany into sending the ball out of play and earn themselves a late corner. It's fired into the middle of the penalty area where it finds Fellaini, but his header ends up flying just over
    • 87'
      Rooney and Hart clash in the air as they battle for the ball, leaving the United captain in a heap on the floor. He seems to be in some discomfort but should be able to continue.
    • 88'
      After receiving medical attention for a few moments, Rooney is back on the pitch and ready to continue playing.
    • 89'
      Great shot by Toure! He spins around McNair with a wonderful back-heel before unleashing a curling low shot that goes just wide of the far post.
    • 90'
      The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of added time.

    Line Up




    Josep Guardiola
    Ole Gunnar Solskjær



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 13 9
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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