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FINAL RESULT: Manchester City 4 - 1 Manchester United
And that is it, a great win for City and a terrible day on the pitch for Manchester United.
GOAL!!! Wayne Rooney scores a beauty of a goal from a free kick!
Aguero goes off to huge applause from the crowd who obviously appreciates his two goals.
United with a number of chances but can't get it in, Evra even hitting the post. So close!
SUBSTITUTION: Alvaro Negredo is off and Edin Dzeko gets his chance to join the derby.
Valencia protests after a tackle and gets a yellow card for his trouble. Bit of a tantrum from the player and the referee is not having any of it.
United are putting together more passes now as City seemed to have eased
off the gas a bit. The Sky Blues are holding firm though as the
visitors enjoy a brief spell of dominance.
United have a chance with a free-kick outside the box. Comes to
nothing though as the ball from Rooney goes crashing into the wall.
City really look like they are going to score with every attack now.
Extremely poor defending and all-round play from Man United. Vidic has
his head hanging in shame already - the Devils are lacking in midfield
and in attack. Just doesn't seem to be their day today.
Rooney gets a decent chance right in front of goal but the ball goes high. Disappointing for United.
ANOTHER ONE FOR CITY!
Manchester City start the second half with another goal for Aguero, not even a minute into the half!
GOAAAAL! City sneak in another one right on the halftime whistle!
While the giants of Manchester are battling it out, over in south Wales Cardiff and Tottenham are at 0 - 0.
Manchester City with a lot of ball possession and Manchester United constantly defending. Some frustrated tackles from the United players.
Yellow card for Wayne Rooney after another dodgy tackle.
Manchester United seem to be struggling in the mid-field and defence. City are looking much sharper and keen to score.
Aguero with a stunning volleyed finish to put the hosts ahead after an
exquisite cross from Kolarov. United with it all to do here now as City
look in the mood to score more.
GOAAAAAAL! City go up with one from Sergio Aguero!
First booking of the game goes to Nastasic following an aerial challenge on Smalling.
A dreadful clearance from United finds Navas, who shoots at goal from just outside the box, but his shot goes over the bar.
First corner of the game goes to City as Aguero tries to beat Vidic on
the right. The ball bounces off the defender for a corner which comes to
nil for the hosts. Goal-kick.
Moyes has gone with Fellaini ahead of Kagawa today. City get this match
underway and United in with a chance early on as Welbeck manages to get
behind Kompany. The ball goes out for a goal-kick though.
The teams are taking to the field at Etihad Stadium. Referee today is
Howard Webb. Let's hope he keeps it fair, for City's sake!
Good day and welcome to the highly anticipated Manchester derby. Besides
the bragging rights, both teams will definitely be hungry to bag the
three points and make some ground in the standings, so we can expect a
good game of footy. Watch this space for fireworks!!
Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (c), Matija Nastasic, Alexandr
Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas, Sergio
Aguero, Alvaro Negredo
Substitutes: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko.
De Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra,
Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young,
Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney.
Substitutes: Amos, Evans, Kagawa, Nani, Cleverley, Buttner, Hernandez.
Last season, City and United beat each other
away from home in the Premier League - United won 3-2 at the Etihad
Stadium in December, City won 2-1 at Old Trafford in April.
Manchester United have won six of the last 10 Premier League meetings between the two clubs, with City winning three.
United have won nine of their 16 Premier League trips to City, who have five victories. There have only been two draws.
Manchester City have scored in each of their last 52 Premier League
home games. The all-time record for the competition is 66, set by
- Since the start of the 2012/13 season, no side has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Manchester City (21).
- United's only win in their last five Premier League away games came on the opening weekend against Swansea (W1, D3, L1).
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have scored a combined 28 goals in 23
Premier League starts together (van Persie 15 and Rooney 13).
Persie has scored 13 of the 17 penalties he has taken in the Premier
League. He is yet to finish on the losing side when he has scored for
United in the Premier League.
WEEKEND FIXTURES AND RESULTS
Just a reminder about the weekend's fixtures and results...
Saturday, September 21
Norwich City 0 - 1 Aston Villa. Read more about the game here.
Liverpool 0 - 1 Southampton. Read more about the game here.
Newcastle United 2 - 3 Hull City. Read more about the game here.
West Bromwich Albion 3 - 0 Sunderland. Read more about the game here.
West Ham United 2 - 3 Everton. Read more about the game here.
Chelsea 2 - 0 Fulham. Read more about the game and Mikel Obi's first goal for Chelsea here.
Sunday, September 22
Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Swansea City
Arsenal 3 - 1 Stoke City
Cardiff City v Tottenham Hotspur - TBA
Manchester City 4 - 1 Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims he intentionally influenced officials after ex-referee Mark Halsey revealed his close relationship with the former Manchester United manager. Read all about it here.
Was Fergie guilty of being "too friendly" with referees?
ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP STANDINGS
After four matches of the season, City find themselves in fourth spot in the standings, ahead of arch-rivals United only on goal difference.
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