Premier League - The greatest ever Manchester derbies
2011 - Rooney's goal-of-the-season winner
A surprisingly drab encounter at Old Trafford looked like fizzling out into a draw when David Silva's effort 25 minutes from time cancelled out Nani's first-half opener. That all changed in a moment when, in the 78th minute, Nani's speculative cross from the right curled towards the corner of the box.
Rooney, with his back to goal, defied the looming defenders as he leapt into the air and fired a crisply-struck bicycle kick straight into the top corner. The magnificent strike was voted goal of the season, and rightly so: the goal was a virtually flawless piece of footballing skill, but to pull off such a strike under the pressure of which it was scored made. (UK users can see the goal once again in the video box on the right.)
2009 - Owen steals it at death
City's generous spending during the summer of 2009 gave hope to City fans that their team would become more than just 'noisy neighbours' - and in their first real test they did not disappoint.
A rip-roaring derby at Old Trafford in September last year saw City match United all the way, with Craig Bellamy's last minute equaliser seemingly securing a deserved point.
But Michael Owen came off the bench to net a glorious winner in injury time and put City back in their place - at least until the thrilling Carling Cup semi-final first leg, which they won 2-1. United again had the last laugh though, winning the second leg 3-1 and going on to win the trophy.
2001 - Keane v Haaland
"I'd waited long enough. I f***ing hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you ****." Roy Keane exacted revenge in the most brutal fashion in the derby of 2001 after Alf-Inge Haaland had made the mistake of accusing the United midfielder of feigning injury three years earlier. Keane's horrific knee-high challenge on the Norwegian deservedly earned him a red card with four minutes remaining in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
But perhaps even more shocking than the tackle itself was Keane's apparent lack of remorse, proven by the above extract from his autobiography. Haaland never played again.
1993 - Cantona inspires United comeback
Eric Cantona tops almost every modern-day United fan's greatest player list, such was the impact he had on the club following his shock transfer from Leeds. And his influence was never more evident than on a cold November night at Maine Road in 1993 when he led United from two goals down to a improbable 3-2 victory.
The Frenchman was at the heart of United's recovery, scoring two himself before Roy Keane netted the winner. United went on to record a League and Cup Double while Cantona ended the season with 25 goals and was voted the PFA Player of the Year.
1989 - City spank United 5-1
A result that gave City bragging rights for many years, the 5-1 result at Maine Road is to date arguably City's proudest moment against their bitter rivals from across town. Forget that United have since beaten City 5-0, this result in the 1989-90 season remains one of the most memorable derby results in Mancunian history.
David Oldfield was on the scoresheet twice with Trevor Morley, Ian Bishop and Andy Hinchcliffe getting the others for City. Mark Hughes hit a trademark scissors kick for United, but the visitors still scurried back to Old Trafford with their tails between their legs.
1974 - Denis Law's backheel
United legend Law is one of a select few who have crossed the city divide, and one of an even smaller group to have scored against his former club.
The goal, a delightful backheel, came at the end of the 1973-74 season in a 1-0 City win at Old Trafford which is widely, and erroneously, credited with sealing United's relegation to the Second Division. In fact, the goal was irrelevant as United were already doomed, but nevertheless Law was left visibly distraught by the goal and was eventually substituted.
1958 - The Busby Babes' final derby
While this game provided plenty of entertainment at the time - United won it 4-1 - it was to take on far greater significance the following year. The First Division match at Old Trafford proved to be many players' last derby date, with the Munich air crash decimating Matt Busby's squad on that fateful night in February 1958.
But it was a fitting farewell to Manchester derbies for Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, David Pegg, Liam Whelan, Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor, as the latter two added goals to those of Johnny Berry and Dennis Viollet to see United run out comfortable winners.
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