Premier League

  • A. Young 14’
  • M. Fellaini 27’
  • Mata 67’
  • C. Smalling 73’
  • 8’ S. Agüero
  • 89’ S. Agüero
2 Half Time 1
Premier League
Old Trafford
Attendance 75,313


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      Into the final minute of first-half stoppage time now, and there's a glimpse of a chance as Valencia beats his man before hooking one in for Fellaini. He wins the knockdown, but Rooney can't bring the ball under control in time, with Herrera's follow-up from the top of the box leading nowhere.
    • 0'
      That's my cue. Hope you've enjoyed my derby coverage. Keeghann Sinanan here, signing off and wishing you all the best.
    • 0'
      And that will do it! Manchester United wrap up a magnificent win that they thoroughly deserved. That takes them to within a point of Arsenal in second, and four points ahead of Manchester City in the third automatic Champions League place. Pellegrini's team, once title challengers, now have to look
    • 0'
      That will do it after a treat of a first half at Old Trafford. Manchester City took an early and deserved lead through Aguero's 99th strike for the Citizens, and threatened to score further. However, United orchestrated a spirited turnaround, with Young forcing in a leveler, before setting up Fellai
    • 0'
      Edin Dzeko, despite scoring four times at Old Trafford in his City career, will have to settle for a place on the bench, as James Milner takes his place in the side. Sergio Aguero will be the lone striker, supported by David Silva. The other change from Pellegrini sees Bacary Sagna replaced by Pablo
    • 0'
      Only the one change from Van Gaal, with Chris Smalling, who was dismissed in the reverse fixture at the Etihad in November, recovering from an illness to replace Marcos Rojo in the back four. Wayne Rooney captains the side and leads the line, with Marouane Fellaini expected to be the most offensive
    • 0'
      Manchester City subs: Caballero, Fernando, Nasri, Dzeko, Kolarov, Lampard, Mangala.
    • 0'
      Manchester City (4-4-1-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Milner; Silva; Aguero.
    • 0'
      Manchester United subs: Valdes, Rafael, Rojo, Di Maria, Falcao, Januzaj, McNair.
    • 0'
      Manchester United (4-1-4-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Carrick; Mata, Herrera, Fellaini, Young; Rooney.
    • 0'
      The past seven Manchester derbies in the league have seen six City wins, with the Sky Blues taking full points from their last four meetings with United. Another triumph this afternoon will make it five EPL wins in a row against the Red Devils - a feat that no other team has ever managed. However, P
    • 0'
      Form is something that has deserted Manchester City in 2015. Their title challenge to Chelsea has fallen embarrassingly by the wayside and they now sit in fourth, a point behind tonight's opponents, five behind Arsenal and a whopping 12 behind Jose Mourinho's team. Manuel Pellegrini, a man whose fut
    • 0'
      The Red Devils have won four straight in the league, with only an FA Cup defeat against Arsenal sandwiched in between. The top four and Champions League football is pretty much a lock for them at this stage of the season, but I'm sure that Louis van Gaal will want to secure a top-three finish for au
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford! It's United vs City on the agenda, and with both teams practically neck-and-neck in the Premier League standings, there's more than pride on the line this afternoon. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your designated scribe for all t
    • 1'
      Off we go then!
    • 3'
      Early challenge on Mata by Clichy, and the former Arsenal full-back will be summoned over to Mark Clattenburg for an early lecture. Lively opening to this game, with some typically intense derby spirit from both sides. United have put together some lovely passes already.
    • 5'
      Sergio Aguero has played his last six games for Man City without scoring. The Argentine has never gone seven without a goal for the Sky Blues. Meanwhile, Hart has to race quickly off his line to smother at the feet of Rooney after a momentary lapse by the men in front of him.
    • 6'
      A warning shot has been fired by Manchester City down the right-hand side, as Navas gives a demonstration of his searing acceleration to torch Blind and drive a low ball into the area that falls into the realm of neither cross nor shot. United need to tighten up there.
    • 7'
      NAVAS IS IN AGAIN! And this time, it's nearly critical! The former Sevilla winger beats Blind for pace again and scampers through on goal. With no support in the centre, he goes for goal at the near post, but De Gea makes himself big enough to produce a vital block!
    • 8'
      G S. Agüero Assist David Silva
    • 8'
      David Silva provided the assist.
    • 8'
      IT'S IN! MANCHESTER CITY HAVE THE LEAD! Clichy plays the ball to Milner, and the England midfielder slips in Silva with a beautiful reverse pass. The Spaniard advances to the byline and squares to Aguero, who has the simplest of tasks, prodding the ball into the back of the net from about a yard or
    • 10'
      Manchester United are RATTLED. There's no denying City that opener - their play since the first whistle has been menacing. The Red Devils have been forced to rely on some last-ditch defending to clear their lines, but they simply switched off on their right flank during the buildup to the goal. Take
    • 12'
      United are inviting more and more pressure on themselves with a few amateur turnovers in midfield. Navas looks a good bet to end his 39-game goal drought on the right side of the City midfield, and he seems to have Blind bettered for raw speed whenever he wants. The Dutchman will need more help from
    • 13'
      Clichy is probably on his final warning already, as he clatters into Young, who was leading a United break down the right-hand side. Mark Clattenburg opts to lecture the Frenchman again, and it's probably wise that he doesn't set an early precedent with a booking.
    • 14'
      G A. Young Assist David Silva
    • 14'
      UNITED HAVE DRAWN LEVEL! Herrera takes a long ball out of defence in stride, and spots Young making a darting run to the near post. He angles a low cross in that direction, and despite an initial challenge from Clichy, the ball sits up just long enough for the winger to convert on the turn from poin
    • 16'
      Enthralling start to the Manchester Derby! Young needed a little fortune to convert that, but his desire to get first to the rebound cannot be understated. This match has been flush with commitment, energy and hustle, with a few sprinklings of quality football to boot.
    • 18'
      Sergio Aguero has now scored in four consecutive Manchester derbies, with five goals in that span. He's ended his six-game goal drought and what's more, he's one goal away from a century of City strikes. If he does it tonight by scoring again, then he'll be the fastest-ever player to achieve that mi
    • 20'
      The tempo of the match has just died down since that United equaliser. City are still the team attacking with more purpose, with the flanks in particular looking a ripe source of promise. Blind and Valencia, the full-backs for the home side, have not been on their game defensively.
    • 22'
      SCRAMBLE! Aguero tries to slide a finish into the bottom corner, but misses the target by a few feet. The play stays alive though, and only a last-ditch clearance from Smalling presents Silva from applying the smash deep inside the box! This is dangerous from the visitors.
    • 24'
      J. Milner gets yellow.
    • 24'
      Blind is caught out again with the run in behind from Navas, but this time, the Spaniard is found to be offside. Still, the ease with which City have advanced down that side surely has not been lost on Van Gaal.
    • 25'
      First booking of the game and it goes to James Milner. No complaints from the England midfielder, who was guilty of tugging back Herrera in plain view of Clattenburg. A decent opportunity to swing the ball into the mixer now.
    • 26'
      Fellaini wins the header from the set-piece, but United can't profit any further from it. The Belgian has barely been a factor in the opening 26 minutes of this match, with the pace of the game rather passing him by.
    • 27'
      G M. Fellaini Assist David Silva
    • 27'
      A. Young provided the assist.
    • 27'
      SPOKE TOO SOON! THE BIG MAN HAS TURNED IT AROUND! Blind and Young bide their time on the left-hand side, exchanging passes before the England winger hooks a beautiful inswinger to the back post. Fellaini storms on Clichy, and there's only one winner in that aerial duel, with the midfielder pummeling
    • 29'
      Poor Clichy has been the man with the spotlight on him through both United goals. You wouldn't really place full blame at the Frenchman's door for either of them though - even though he was beaten by his direct opponent twice. But what about Young, whose fingerprints are all over this Manchester Uni
    • 31'
      With their only two shots in this game, Manchester United have turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. City have allowed their fast start to fade into nothingness, but Pellegrini should want his team not to panic, and continue their encouraging attacking play.
    • 33'
      The rain has kicked up a notch over Old Trafford, adding another wrinkle to this already captivating contest. De Gea shows great reactions to race off his line and hack the ball away just as Aguero was set to latch onto it and orchestrate a finish. Close call!
    • 34'
      David Silva is yellow-carded.
    • 35'
      Another booking, and once again it goes to a City player. David Silva didn't leave anything on the table when trying to win the ball off Young, sending the goalscorer tumbling just outside the United box.
    • 37'
      Mata shifts the ball onto his left foot and hangs a lovely ball out to the left side of the box. Blind is making a great overlapping run, but Fellaini steps in front of him to take that pass down on his chest. Unfortunately, the Belgium midfielder was in an offside position.
    • 39'
      It's Manchester United in the ascendancy as the first half draws to a close. City have been penned back in their own half in recent minutes, with a lot of play focused down the left side where Blind, Young and Fellaini have been combining to good effect.
    • 41'
      Wow. Milner will not want to see that again. A measured yet purposeful City buildup sees Aguero work the ball from the right to the Englishman on the opposite side. He's right on the edge of the box and has space to take a touch, but elects for a first-time curler which is shockingly bad.
    • 43'
      MAGNIFICENT DEFENDING FROM VALENCIA! Aguero is played in behind the defence and he has Silva for company, completely unmarked in the centre. However, the Ecuadorian hounds the City striker to the byline, and as a result, he can't even get the cross in! Old Trafford stands and applauds that crucial e
    • 44'
      V. Kompany receives a yellow card.
    • 45'
      YELLOW CARD! Kompany slides in recklessly on Blind, completely missing the ball and taking a chink out of the Dutchman's shin. That looked a painful one, but Clattenburg takes his time to make up his mind despite appeals from both sets of players. Good decision from the referee.
    • 46'
      SI E. Mangala SO David Silva
    • 46'
      E. Mangala enters play, replacing V. Kompany.
    • 46'
      Here we go again!
    • 47'
      One change to round up from the break, and it's an important one. City captain Kompany will play no further part in this game, with an injury forcing his withdrawal. Mangala will step in to take his place in the back four for the second half of the derby.
    • 49'
      Navas hangs a cross into the area that finds Aguero free for a moment, but the Argentine can't get a crucial second touch on the ball. City keep it alive and Silva attempts to tee up Toure for the piledriver, but his layoff doesn't even travel the two or three yards it needs to reach the Cote d'Ivoi
    • 51'
      Here's a stunning little tidbit for you - Manchester City have not led a Premier League game at half-time since boxing day, when there were 3-0 up against West Bromwich Albion. That, as much as anything, tells you how badly the Citizens have fallen off in the new year.
    • 53'
      MADNESS IN THE BOX BUT CITY SURVIVE! Rooney curls a lovely free-kick to the top corner but Hart parries. However, his save keeps the ball in play and from there, it's pinball on steroids in the area. Young, Mata and Herrera all have swings at the ball, with some desperate blocks preventing the ball,
    • 55'
      Fellaini and Demichelis both rise for a high ball and the defender comes off worse for wear after a clear yet unintentional forearm shiver from the Belgian. The City man is down on the deck in apparent pain, but rises to his feet almost instantly to confront Clattenburg. That destroyed the illusion
    • 57'
      Manchester City are winless in the last 86 Premier League games where they've trailed at the interval. By contrast, Manchester United have never lost a league game at Old Trafford when they've led at the break.
    • 59'
      THE OFFSIDE FLAG IS UP! Mata shapes up a wonderful inswinging cross from the right flank and United have three players suddenly free of their markers. Young is the man to make the initial header, but the flag is up not long after that as at least two of those players were beyond the last defender.
    • 61'
      Assured defending from Chris Smalling, who feels the musky breath of Aguero on his neck, and takes no chances from Milner's cross, clearing it away from goal. Just over an hour gone in the Manchester derby and still no telling who will emerge with the spoils from this one, even with the hosts in the
    • 63'
      SI S. Nasri SO David Silva
    • 63'
      S. Nasri comes on for J. Milner.
    • 63'
      City have held onto possession for the past few minutes but are lacking the cutting edge that defined their start to this game. Credit to Van Gaal and the United defence for cutting out the once-porous gaps that were spawning behind their full-backs.
    • 64'
      Milner departs with a limp after suffering an injury from a challenge, although he was probably set to make his exit anyway, with Nasri already warming up on the touchline for a while.
    • 66'
      There's not a lot happening in terms of chances, but the tension has not dissipated from this match one bit. The next goal will be absolutely vital. A United strike will probably spell the end for City, but a goal from the visitors will absolutely throw everything back into the fire.
    • 67'
      G Mata Assist David Silva
    • 67'
      W. Rooney gave the assist.
    • 67'
      MATA MAKES IT THREE! Fellaini drags Demichelis out of position, and the ball is worked to Rooney. He takes it on the turn in a flash, and before Toure can close him down, he slides a cute ball in for Mata behind the defence. The Spaniard advances on Hart and guides a neat finish home!
    • 69'
      City's task goes from entirely possible to monumental. Pellegrini looks dumbfounded on the touchline, with his team in the midst of throwing this game away. They started so dangerously - what happened?
    • 71'
      The noise inside Old Trafford is ear splitting. The fans are loving this, and such an accomplished performance against the defending champions is as big a sign as any that the Van Gaal master plan is beginning to take shape. Since that loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup, the Red Devils have found a winni
    • 72'
      Wayne Rooney seems to be enjoying playing in his favoured position leading the United line. That last assist for Mata was his 90th in the English top flight for his career.
    • 73'
      G C. Smalling Assist David Silva
    • 73'
      A. Young gave the assist.
    • 73'
      UNITED RACK UP A FOURTH! Smalling gets in on the act! Ashley Young curls in another peach of an inswinger - this time from a free-kick. United bodies are queuing up in the area, and Mangala plays them all onside at the back post. Take your pick - there were about three players that could have latche
    • 74'
      SI F. Lampard SO David Silva
    • 74'
      F. Lampard comes on for Jesús Navas.
    • 75'
      SI M. Rojo SO David Silva
    • 75'
      P. Jones is done for the day. M. Rojo is his replacement.
    • 75'
      City are being dismantled here. Most of these fans will still remember the 6-1 pasting that the Citizens dealt out at this very stadium a few seasons back. Such a scoreline is very much in play for the Red Devils, who have been wonderful in this game.
    • 77'
      By the way, Frank Lampart has replaced Navas for his 40th and final appearance against Manchester United. City would do well to keep United to four goals given the home side's ferocious form!
    • 79'
      Remember New Years' day? At that point, City were DEAD LEVEL with Chelsea on points, wins, draws, losses and goal difference. Since then, the wheels have splattered in four different directions. In their 12 games in 2015, Pellegrini's men have won four, drawn three and lost five. Is the door open ag
    • 81'
      SI Á. di María SO David Silva
    • 81'
      Á. di María enters play, replacing Mata.
    • 81'
      Spirited ovation here for Juan Mata, who reciprocates it warmly a he departs for Angel Di Maria. What an accomplished game from the goalscoring Spaniard, who has relished cutting in onto his left foot and swapping flanks regularly with Young.
    • 83'
      SI R. Falcao SO David Silva
    • 83'
      R. Falcao comes on for M. Fellaini.
    • 83'
      Di Maria races down the right and has three red shirts in support inside the area. He cuts inside Mangala but can't angle his shot around the body of the defender, and the chance dries up.
    • 84'
      Standing O for Fellaini, who scored the goal that sent United into a lead that they would not relinquish. From them, he went from strength to strength, breaking up attacks and facilitating runners down the flanks. On comes Falcao for a late run out.
    • 85'
      It still amazes me that Falcao and Di Maria, two of the very best players in the world not two years ago, have struggled so badly to adapt to Van Gaal and Manchester United. Their respective futures are very much up in the air.
    • 87'
      Old Trafford is in full voice here and it's the home team with the more accomplished finish. The response from City has been non-existent. You can't wrangle much from Pellegrini's stoic visage on the touchline, but his thoughts have to be racing a mile a minute.
    • 89'
      G S. Agüero Assist David Silva
    • 89'
      The assist came from P. Zabaleta.
    • 89'
      AGUERO GETS HIS 100TH CITY GOAL! Zabaleta races down the right and pulls the cross back for the Argentine, who hits it first time. De Gea gets a big paw on it and looks to have made a stunning save, but the ball creeps in via a touch off the base of the post!
    • 90'
      Into the final minute of the additional period, and City have run out of time. In fact, had Di Maria gotten better placement on a strike from 20 yards, then United could have been further ahead. As it was though, Hart was able to get down and make a comfortable save.
    • 90'
      So Aguero becomes the fastest-ever City player to reach 100 goals for the club. What a terrible occasion for him to reach that commendable milestone though, and his celebration (or lack thereof) showed it. United are playing with 10 men as Carrick went off with an injury with all three substitutions

    Line Up

    David Silva



    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Josep Guardiola



    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 8 16
    Yellow Cards 0 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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