Manchester derby

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Manchester derby
Locale England Greater Manchester
Teams Manchester City
Manchester United
First meeting 12 November 1881
West Gorton 0–3 Newton Heath
Latest meeting 25 October 2015
United 0–0 City
Next meeting 19 March 2016
Stadiums City of Manchester Stadium
Old Trafford
Meetings total 170
Most wins Manchester United (70)
Most player appearances Ryan Giggs (36)
Top scorer Wayne Rooney (11)
All-time series Manchester City: 49
Drawn: 51
Manchester United: 70
Largest victory United 1–6 City (1926)
United 0–5 City (1955)
United 5–0 City (1994)
United 1–6 City (2011)

The Manchester derby refers to football matches between Manchester City and Manchester United, first contested in 1881. City play at the City of Manchester Stadium and United at Old Trafford.


Map of Manchester showing the current and former home grounds of the clubs.
City: Hyde Road (1887–1923), Maine Road (1923–2003), City of Manchester (2003–present).
United: North Road (1878–1893), Bank Street (1893–1910), Old Trafford (1910–present)

The first meeting between the two teams occurred on 12 November 1881, when West Gorton (St. Marks) – who would later become Manchester City – hosted Newton Heath – who would later become Manchester United. The game finished 3–0 in favour of Newton Heath and was described by the Ashton Reporter as "a pleasant game".[1] At this time, the clubs were just two of many fledgling sides in the Manchester area, and the fixture had no special significance. Both clubs grew in stature as the 1880s progressed, leading to their first meeting of the 1890s being billed as "a meeting of two local clubs, [Ardwick (City)] just rising to the highest standard in the football world whilst [Newton Heath] are nearly in the front rank".[2] The pair became the dominant teams in the Manchester area; the winner of the Manchester Cup was either Newton Heath or Ardwick every year between 1888 and 1893. Both teams joined the Football Alliance, a short-lived rival to the Football League. During this period both clubs made unsuccessful attempts to gain election to the League (Newton Heath in 1889, 1890 and 1891; Ardwick in 1891). Admission to the Football League finally came in 1892. Newton Heath joined the First Division, and Ardwick the new Second Division.[3]

Early years[edit]

The first Football League meeting between the teams came in the 1894–95 season, Newton Heath beating Manchester City 5–2 at Hyde Road. The first meeting between the clubs to take place at the highest level of English football occurred in December 1906, a 3–0 City win in a First Division match for which the gate receipts exceeded £1,000, a very large figure for the era.[4] At this time City were suffering the after-effects of a financial scandal in which the club were found guilty of making off-balance sheet payments to players. As a result, seventeen players were suspended and banned from ever representing the club again,[5] including the core of the team which had won the 1904 FA Cup. When the suspensions ended in January 1907, four players (Jimmy Bannister, Herbert Burgess, Billy Meredith and Sandy Turnbull) joined United, where they helped United gain their first league title in 1908. In contrast to modern antipathy, the transfers were generally welcomed for helping a fellow Manchester club.[6] The following season Turnbull became the first player to be sent off in a derby.[7]

Before the Second World War, many football supporters in Manchester watched City one week and United the next. After the war, a stronger rivalry developed and following both teams became uncommon.


The first floodlit Manchester derby was played on 26 February 1889 at the Belle Vue Athletic Ground. Wells electric lights were placed around the ground and a crowd of 10,000 watched Newton Heath defeat Ardwick 3–2. The match was played in aid of the Hyde Coal Mine disaster.[8]

The first competitive floodlit derby was the Charity Shield match played in October 1956, as Manchester United were defending league champions and Manchester City were FA Cup holders.[9] The game was a break with tradition as Charity Shield games were typically played at the home ground of the League Champions, but as Old Trafford had yet to install lights, the game was played at Maine Road.

The 1970s[edit]

Manchester derbies in the 1970s were frequently bad tempered. In the December 1970 derby, a tackle by United's George Best broke the leg of City's Glyn Pardoe; the severity of the injury almost resulted in the City defender losing his leg.[10] The following season, an entertaining 3–3 draw saw Francis Lee accuse George Best of diving and emphasised the point to the referee by throwing himself theatrically to the floor. The first derby of the 1973–74 season saw Mike Doyle and Lou Macari each receive a red card in a dour contest which finished 0–0 at Maine Road. Both players refused to leave the pitch, leading the referee to take both teams back to the dressing room until the two players accepted their dismissals.[11]

The Denis Law game[edit]

The return fixture came at Old Trafford on the penultimate day of the season (United still had an away game to play at Stoke) with United trying to avoid relegation with a win, although they were also relying on Norwich beating Birmingham that day for their result to matter. After 80 minutes, with no score, Francis Lee played the ball towards former United player Denis Law who was standing with his back to goal. Law back-heeled the ball past goalkeeper Alex Stepney into the net. Law was immediately substituted and never played league football again, announcing his retirement soon after. In the closing minutes of the match, United supporters invaded the pitch and forced an abandonment. However, the result stood, and other results meant that United would have still been relegated if the match had ended in a United win or a draw.

United returned to the First Division a year later. The rest of the decade brought generally good fortunes for the two sides, as City won the League Cup in 1976 and were league runners-up a year later, while United reached three FA Cup finals in four seasons, although they had only one win in the competition.

The 1980s[edit]

The 1980s began with a 2–2 draw at Old Trafford between the two sides on 27 September 1980. It was the beginning of a relatively frustrating season in the league for United, who sacked manager Dave Sexton at the end of the campaign, while City dismissed manager Malcolm Allison soon afterwards and improved in the league under his successor John Bond, also reaching the FA Cup Final.[12]

By 1982–83, however, any suggestions that City were a better side than United were silenced as United finished third in the league and won the FA Cup, while City were relegated. The Old Trafford derby on 23 October 1982 ended in a 2–2 draw, but United won the return game at Maine Road 2–1 on 5 March 1983.[13]

City regained their First Division status for the 1985–86 season, and hosted United at Maine Road on 14 September 1985. United won this game 3–0, to extend their winning start to the league season to eight games. They would go onto win all of their opening 10 games and lead the First Division table into the new year, but eventually finished fourth. Although City finished 15th in the league this season, they did come to Old Trafford on 22 March 1986 and hold the hosts to a 2–2 draw, costing them two vital points as their title hopes continued to fade.[14]

1986–87 brought relegation for City, while United finished 11th in a season which saw them replace Ron Atkinson with Alex Ferguson as manager on 6 November 1986. One of Atkinson's last games in charge of United was the visit to Maine Road in the league on 25 October, which ended in a 1–1 draw. Alex Ferguson first faced City as United manager on 10 January 1987 in the third round of the FA Cup, which United won 1–0. The league clash at Old Trafford came on 7 March 1987, which United won 2–0 to continue their improvement in form under Ferguson and push City closer to eventual relegation.[15]

The 1980s ended on a high note for City as they won promotion back to the First Division in 1989 and were paired with United for the derby match at Maine Road on 23 September 1989, just weeks into the 1989–90 season. City defeated United 5–1, but this would be their last win over United for 13 years.[16]

The 1990s[edit]

Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who played for both United and City, can claim an unbeaten record in derby games – United were unbeaten during his 10 matches keeping goal for them against City, while in his single season at Maine Road, City beat United at home and picked up a point at Old Trafford.

However, in the 1990s, United dominated the fixture, going unbeaten in derbies for the full decade. In 1990–91, with both Manchester clubs competing in the top half of the table but not looking like real title contenders, the Maine Road clash in October delivered a pulsating 3–3 draw, but the return match at Old Trafford in early May saw United win 1–0 and the only goal of the game came from 17-year-old winger Ryan Giggs, scoring the first senior goal of what would prove to be an illustrious and uniquely successful career. The 1991–92 derbies were uneventful – a goalless draw at Maine Road in mid-November and a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford in early April. United finished the season runners-up after leading the league for much of the season, finally buckling under fixture congestion and a shortage of goals in the second half of the campaign.

The first Manchester derby following the creation of the Premier League for the 1992–93 season was a 2–1 win for United at Old Trafford on 6 December 1992. Making his United debut on that day was new signing Eric Cantona, who would go on to score eight goals in Manchester derbies over the next four seasons – the first in the return match at Maine Road that March which ended in a 1–1 draw. 1993–94 saw one of the finest Manchester derbies ever, when United overturned a 2–0 deficit at Maine Road to win 3–2, with Eric Cantona scoring twice. Cantona scored a double on St George's Day as United won 2–0 at Old Trafford. Cantona was on target again in the next Manchester derby in November 1994, though it was Andrei Kanchelskis who stole the show with a hat-trick in a 5–0 win. United won the return game 3–0 at Maine Road three months later. 1995–96 was the last season of the millennium which brought a Manchester derby, as City were relegated at the end of the season. The first derby of the season came at Old Trafford in mid-October with a 1–0 win for United in which Paul Scholes, still only 20, scored the only goal of the game and only a string of superb saves from United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel prevented City from gaining a surprise win. The return game in early April saw United win 3–2 at Maine Road, with yet another goal from Cantona, who had netted a highly controversial penalty after Uwe Rosler had put City 1–0 FA Cup fifth round two months earlier, which United went onto win 2–1.

The 2000s[edit]

Three years later, in the first Old Trafford derby of the new millennium in April 2001, saw the culmination of a long-standing feud between Roy Keane and Alf-Inge Håland, which Keane received a red card for making a knee-high tackle on Håland. The feud started in 1998, when United captain Keane suffered a cruciate ligament injury when clean through on goal, being chased down by Håland (then playing for Leeds, a team that also have an unpleasant rivalry with United). As Keane lay on the ground, Håland accused him of feigning injury. The game ended in a 1–1 draw; United were already league champions and City's two dropped points brought them closer to eventual relegation, which was confirmed in the penultimate game of the season. It was the first time in nine years that City had come away from Old Trafford unbeaten, and the first time in eight years that they had been unbeaten by United home or away in any competition.

In his autobiography, published in 2002, Keane admitted that the challenge was a premeditated attempt to injure, an admission which resulted in a £150,000 fine and a five-match ban during the autumn of that year.

Commemorative scarves given out for the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster which coincided with the Manchester derby in February 2008. Blue scarves were also given to Manchester City supporters

On 9 November 2002, City, managed by Kevin Keegan, won the last ever derby at Maine Road 3–1, with Shaun Goater scoring his 100th and 101st goals for the club, and Nicolas Anelka scoring the other. This was City's first win over United since the 5–1 victory in 1989, ending a 13-year barren run for the blue half of Manchester. City would later go on to draw at Old Trafford in the same season 1–1, Shaun Goater again scoring the goal. This was the first season since 1991–92 that City had been unbeaten by United in either of their league meetings.

Goater also had a second goal disallowed for handball, which would have handed City their first derby double over United since 1970 and their first win at Old Trafford since the "Denis Law game" of 1974. City followed this up by winning the first ever derby match at their new stadium, the City of Manchester Stadium, 4–1, with goals from Robbie Fowler, Jon Macken, Trevor Sinclair and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The 2007–08 derby games were both won by Manchester City, 1–0 at the City of Manchester Stadium on 19 August 2007, and 2–1 at Old Trafford on 10 February 2008 (four days after the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster; a well-observed one-minute silence preceded the match). Darius Vassell and Benjani Mwaruwari scored for City in the 24th and 45th minutes respectively, and Michael Carrick scored a consolation goal for United in the 90th minute. It was the first time since April 1974 that City had beaten United in the league at Old Trafford and the first time they had won both league derby games since the 1969–70 season. United prevented City from winning a third consecutive derby match in the first derby of the 2008–09 season, Wayne Rooney scoring the game's only goal. Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in the same game for a bizarre handball. Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez then scored in the return match at Old Trafford to give United a 2–0 win.

2010 onwards[edit]

Wembley pictured before the 2010–11 Semi-final – only the second FA Cup semi-final between both clubs and the first ever meeting at Wembley (new or old).

The seasons following City's big money takeover, in 2008–09, saw two well-contested semi-final fixtures (League Cup and FA Cup) between the clubs. Controversy was generated prior to the start of the 2009–10 season, when City signed Carlos Tevez after his contract with United ended, and erected a billboard reading "Welcome to Manchester" at the top of Deansgate. The billboard provoked Alex Ferguson into claiming City were a "small club with a small mentality"[17] and subsequently called them "noisy neighbours"[18] during the season.

The 2009–10 season featured some tense matches, including two League Cup semi-final legs. Alex Ferguson proclaimed the 2009–10 Manchester derby at Old Trafford as "probably [...] the best derby of all time".[19] Manchester United won this game 4–3 after Manchester City had equalised three times only for Michael Owen to score the winning goal after 95 minutes.[20] The match was voted the greatest Premier League game at the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards in 2012.[21] The sides were drawn against each other in the League Cup semi-finals, meaning a further two games. City won the first leg 2–1 after overturning a 1–0 deficit made by Ryan Giggs with goals from Carlos Tevez. United went 2–0 up in the second leg via Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick before Tevez made it 2–1, levelling the tie and setting the game up for extra time. However, Rooney scored a stoppage time header which won the tie for United and took them to their second consecutive League Cup final. On 17 April 2010, United beat City 1–0 thanks to a 90th minute Scholes goal, but the victory was to little avail as it was not enough to help United chase Chelsea down to win the Premier League title, pipping United by a point.

The 2010–11 season featured three Manchester derbies, with one victory for United, one draw and one victory for City. The victory for United was at Old Trafford, where Wayne Rooney defined the game through a spectacular bicycle kick, this game gave United some space to overcome the rest of the season and get their 19th league title. City's win came in the FA Cup semi-final, knocking United out on the way to their ninth FA Cup Final, and their first trophy since 1976. Consequently, the Community Shield that began the 2011–12 season was a Manchester derby, as United won the league the same day City won the FA Cup, 14 May. United won the Community Shield 3–2 at Wembley, coming from two goals behind to clinch the Shield in stoppage time.

On 23 October 2011, Manchester City beat United 6–1 at Old Trafford, giving the latter their first defeat of the season. Jonny Evans was sent off in the 47th minute after fouling Mario Balotelli, with the score at 1–0 to City. United pulled a goal back at 3–0 down before three goals for City sealed their victory. The 6–1 score was the biggest defeat suffered by Manchester United against City at Old Trafford since the 5–0 loss in 1955. It was also the first time since 1926 that City had scored six at Old Trafford, when the score that day also finished 6–1.

United and City met for the second time in the season in the third round of the FA Cup, resulting in a 3–2 win for United. The scoring opened in the tenth minute as Wayne Rooney headed neatly past stand-in keeper Costel Pantilimon, before Vincent Kompany received a red card in the 12th minute for a challenge on Nani. United went 3–0 up by half time, and successfully battled off a second half comeback from City in which they scored twice. The game was notable for the re-emergence of Paul Scholes, who came out of retirement and replaced Nani in the 59th minute.

City beat United 1–0 at the City of Manchester Stadium on 30 April 2012 with Vincent Kompany scoring a header just before the half time whistle.[22] There was also a spat between City boss Roberto Mancini and Alex Ferguson after a challenge on Danny Welbeck by Nigel de Jong. Ferguson claimed that Mancini harangued the fourth official Mike Jones throughout the match, while Mancini laughed off the incident, sarcastically claiming Ferguson never talks to, or harangues the referee – [23] an offence Ferguson has been found guilty of on numerous occasions, most recently in 2011 for which he received a five-match ban.[24] Consequently, the win put City top of the league on goal difference after being 8 points behind in the league in March.[25] Only two wins against Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers were required for City to win the league, which they subsequently achieved. City ultimately won the last six league matches to clinch the league title on goal difference – the first time it was decided this way since 1989 and repeated the 1967–68 league season where Manchester City beat Manchester United to the title.

The first Manchester derby of the 2012–13 season was won by Manchester United in the dying minutes of the game. United went ahead with two early goals from Wayne Rooney, before City came back and levelled the match with goals from Yaya Touré and the equaliser from Pablo Zabaleta in the 86th minute. Robin van Persie scored from a free kick that took a deflection off of Samir Nasri in the 92nd minute, to seal the win and three points in the league. Manchester United's victory ended Manchester City's run of being unbeaten in 37 games.[26] During the celebrations following the late winner by Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin thrown by a fan, causing Ferdinand to suffer an injury near his left eye. Another fan invaded the pitch and attempted to confront Ferdinand, only to be restrained by Joe Hart. City won the second derby of the season at Old Trafford, the first time they had won two away derbies in a row since the 1970s.[citation needed]

The first Manchester derby of the 2013–14 season was won by City 4–1 at the City of Manchester Stadium on 22 September 2013. Sergio Agüero opened the scoring on the 16th minute followed by a goal from Yaya Touré just before half time. In the second half, Agüero scored his second followed by a Samir Nasri goal three minutes later. Wayne Rooney scored a late free kick for United as a consolation goal. It was the first time in twenty-six years that the Derby had been contested by two new managers: Manuel Pellegrini for Manchester City and David Moyes for Manchester United. Manchester City went on to do the double over United with a third consecutive win at Old Trafford on 25 March 2014, and won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons. During the 2014-15 season, City defeated United 1-0 at Etihad Stadium in November 2014,[27] but United won their next encounter at Old Trafford in April 2015 with a final score of 4–2, a game which City goalkeeper Joe Hart dubbed "one of my worst days in a Man City shirt."[28]

The first derby of the 2015–16 campaign, contested at Old Trafford, ended in a 0–0 draw. This was the first time the derby had ended without any goals since 2010.


As of 12 April 2015, there have been 169 competitive meetings between the teams. United have won 70 and City 49, the remaining 50 games finishing as draws.

The biggest victories have been to City who have won 6–1 on two occasions in the official league (both times in the away fixture at Old Trafford) on 23 January 1926 and 23 October 2011. But on 14 April 1941 during a war league derby match at Maine Rd, United beat City 7–1,[29] which remains the biggest victory between the two sides overall, this result has been omitted as the official league was suspended but the derby still continued. Both teams have won 5–0 once (City in 1955, United in 1994). The largest attendance for a Manchester derby was 78,000 on 20 September 1947,[29] a time when both clubs were playing at Maine Road, as Old Trafford was being repaired following damage sustained in the Second World War.

Manchester City and Manchester United league positions from 1893 to present
Competition City wins Draws United wins
League 43 49 60
FA Cup 3 0 6
League Cup 3 1 2
Community Shield 0 0 2
Total 49 50 70

Top goalscorers[30]

Player Club Goals
England Wayne Rooney Manchester United 11
England Joe Hayes Manchester City 10
England Francis Lee Manchester City 10
England Bobby Charlton Manchester United 9
Argentina Sergio Agüero Manchester City 8
England Colin Bell Manchester City 8
France Eric Cantona Manchester United 8
England Brian Kidd Manchester United
Manchester City
England Joe Spence Manchester United 8
England Paul Scholes Manchester United 7
England Dennis Viollet Manchester United 7

All statistics exclude the abandoned match from the 1960–61 season


City won their first honour in 1904 with victory in the FA Cup and United in 1908 with the Football League First Division title. There have been three occasions where City and United, finished champions and runners-up in the league, the 1967–68, 2011–12, 2012–13 seasons. On the first two occasions City pipped United to the title in the last game of the season, with both teams going into their final games level on points. The latest occasion United finished 11 points clear to clinch their 20th title. Three semi-finals (two in the FA Cup and one in the Football League Cup) have been played between both clubs, but they have never met in the final of any senior competition.

Table correct as of 12 May 2014
Team League FA Cup League Cup Community Shield European Cup/Champions League UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League UEFA Cup Winners' Cup UEFA Super Cup Intercontinental Cup FIFA Club World Cup Total
Manchester City[31] 4 5 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 17
Manchester United[32] 20 11 4 20 3 0 1 1 1 1 62
Combined 24 16 7 24 3 0 2 1 1 1 79

(Charity/Community Shields includes shared honours after a drawn match, as per competition regulations prior to 1993)[33]
Manchester United = 16 outright, 4 shared

Non-competitive derbies[edit]

A large number of non-competitive Manchester derbies have taken place. The majority of these occurred during the Second World War, when a total of 44 matches were played between the teams. In recent years, non-competitive matches between the teams have generally been testimonials, such as those for Paul Lake and Denis Irwin. In 1978, for Colin Bell's testimonial, players from City and United lined up side by side against a combined Liverpool and Everton team in a Manchester v Merseyside fixture.

Matches between non-first team sides representing the Manchester clubs also have an element of rivalry, with occasions when the reserve teams meet sometimes referred to as "mini-derbies".[34] This term is also used in reference to when supporters' offshoot clubs (Maine Road F.C. and F.C. United of Manchester) meet. The two clubs have met twice, in the 2006–07 season, with FC United winning the inaugural match 2–1 away at Bower Fold, Stalybridge, in front of 3,181 spectators.[35] United also won the second game 3–0 at Gigg Lane, Bury in a game watched by 3,605.[36] A friendly in 2009 saw Maine Road win 2–1.

All-time results[edit]


Manchester City vs Manchester United

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
3 November 1894 Hyde Road 2–5 Second Division 14,000
7 December 1895 Hyde Road 2–1 Second Division 18,000
3 October 1896 Hyde Road 0–0 Second Division 20,000
25 December 1897 Hyde Road 0–1 Second Division 16,000
26 December 1898 Hyde Road 4–0 Second Division 25,000
10 April 1903 Hyde Road 0–2 Second Division 30,000
1 December 1906 Hyde Road 3–0 First Division 40,000
18 April 1908 Hyde Road 0–0 First Division 40,000
19 September 1908 Hyde Road 1–2 First Division 40,000
21 January 1911 Hyde Road 1–1 First Division 40,000
2 September 1911 Hyde Road 0–0 First Division 35,000
28 December 1912 Hyde Road 0–2 First Division 38,000
6 December 1913 Hyde Road 0–2 First Division 40,000
2 January 1915 Hyde Road 1–1 First Division 30,000
11 October 1919 Hyde Road 3–3 First Division 30,000
27 November 1920 Hyde Road 3–0 First Division 35,000
22 October 1921 Hyde Road 4–1 First Division 24,000
12 September 1925 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 62,994
12 September 1928 Maine Road 2–2 First Division 61,007
8 February 1930 Maine Road 0–1 First Division 64,472
4 October 1930 Maine Road 4–1 First Division 41,757
9 January 1937 Maine Road 1–0 First Division 64,862
20 September 1947 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 71,364
11 September 1948 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 64,502
31 December 1949 Maine Road 1–2 First Division 63,704
15 September 1951 Maine Road 1–2 First Division 52,571
30 August 1952 Maine Road 2–1 First Division 56,140
5 September 1953 Maine Road 2–0 First Division 53,097
25 September 1954 Maine Road 3–2 First Division 54,105
3 September 1955 Maine Road 1–0 First Division 59,162
2 February 1957 Maine Road 2–4 First Division 63,872
28 December 1957 Maine Road 2–2 First Division 70,483
27 September 1958 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 62,912
19 September 1959 Maine Road 3–0 First Division 58,300
4 March 1961 Maine Road 1–3 First Division 50,479
10 February 1962 Maine Road 0–2 First Division 49,959
15 May 1963 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 52,424
21 January 1967 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 62,983
30 September 1967 Maine Road 1–2 First Division 62,942
17 August 1968 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 63,052
15 November 1969 Maine Road 4–0 First Division 63,013
5 May 1971 Maine Road 3–4 First Division 43,626
6 November 1971 Maine Road 3–3 First Division 63,326
18 November 1972 Maine Road 3–0 First Division 52,050
13 March 1974 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 51,331
27 September 1975 Maine Road 2–2 First Division 50,182
25 September 1976 Maine Road 1–3 First Division 48,861
10 September 1977 Maine Road 3–1 First Division 50,856
10 February 1979 Maine Road 0–3 First Division 46,151
10 November 1979 Maine Road 2–0 First Division 50,067
21 February 1981 Maine Road 1–0 First Division 50,014
10 October 1981 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 52,037
5 March 1983 Maine Road 1–2 First Division 45,400
14 September 1985 Maine Road 0–3 First Division 48,773
26 October 1986 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 32,440
23 September 1989 Maine Road 5–1 First Division 43,246
27 October 1990 Maine Road 3–3 First Division 36,427
16 November 1991 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 38,180
20 March 1993 Maine Road 1–1 Premier League 37,136
7 November 1993 Maine Road 2–3 Premier League 35,155
11 February 1995 Maine Road 0–3 Premier League 26,368
6 April 1996 Maine Road 2–3 Premier League 29,668
18 November 2000 Maine Road 0–1 Premier League 34,429
9 November 2002 Maine Road 3–1 Premier League 34,649
14 March 2004 City of Manchester 4–1 Premier League 47,284
13 February 2005 City of Manchester 0–2 Premier League 47,111
14 January 2006 City of Manchester 3–1 Premier League 47,192
5 May 2007 City of Manchester 0–1 Premier League 47,244
19 August 2007 City of Manchester 1–0 Premier League 44,955
30 November 2008 City of Manchester 0–1 Premier League 47,320
17 April 2010 City of Manchester 0–1 Premier League 47,019
10 November 2010 City of Manchester 0–0 Premier League 47,679
30 April 2012 City of Manchester 1–0 Premier League 47,253
9 December 2012 City of Manchester 2–3 Premier League 47,166
22 September 2013 City of Manchester 4–1 Premier League 47,156
2 November 2014 City of Manchester 1–0 Premier League 45,358
City wins Draws United wins
25 24 27

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
1 January 1895 Bank Street 4–1 Second Division 12,000
5 October 1895 Bank Street 1–1 Second Division 18,000
25 December 1896 Bank Street 2–1 Second Division 20,000
16 October 1897 Bank Street 1–1 Second Division 40,000
10 September 1898 Bank Street 3–0 Second Division 40,000
25 December 1902 Bank Street 1–1 Second Division 35,000
6 April 1907 Bank Street 1–1 First Division 40,000
21 December 1907 Bank Street 3–1 First Division 35,000
23 January 1909 Bank Street 3–1 First Division 40,000
17 September 1910 Old Trafford 2–1 First Division 60,000
30 December 1911 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division 50,000
7 September 1912 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division 40,000
11 April 1914 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division 36,000
5 September 1914 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division 20,000
18 October 1919 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division 40,000
20 November 1920 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 63,000
29 October 1921 Old Trafford 3–1 First Division 56,000
23 January 1926 Old Trafford 1–6 First Division 48,657
23 January 1929 Old Trafford 1–2 First Division 42,255
5 October 1929 Old Trafford 1–3 First Division 57,201
7 February 1931 Old Trafford 1–3 First Division 39,876
12 September 1936 Old Trafford 3–2 First Division 68,796
7 April 1948 Maine Road 1–1 First Division 71,690
22 January 1949 Maine Road 0–0 First Division 66,485
3 September 1949 Old Trafford 2–1 First Division 47,760
19 January 1952 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 54,245
3 January 1953 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 47,883
16 January 1954 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 46,379
12 February 1955 Old Trafford 0–5 First Division 47,914
31 December 1955 Old Trafford 2–1 First Division 60,956
22 September 1956 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division 53,525
31 August 1957 Old Trafford 4–1 First Division 63,347
14 February 1959 Old Trafford 4–1 First Division 59,846
6 February 1960 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division 59,450
31 December 1960 Old Trafford 5–1 First Division 61,213
23 September 1961 Old Trafford 3–2 First Division 56,345
15 September 1962 Old Trafford 2–3 First Division 49,193
17 September 1966 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division 62,085
27 March 1968 Old Trafford 1–3 First Division 63,004
8 March 1969 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division 63,264
28 March 1970 Old Trafford 1–2 First Division 59,777
12 December 1970 Old Trafford 1–4 First Division 52,636
12 April 1972 Old Trafford 1–3 First Division 56,362
21 April 1973 Old Trafford 0–0 First Division 61,676
27 April 1974 Old Trafford 0–1 First Division 56,996
4 May 1976 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division 59,517
5 March 1977 Old Trafford 3–1 First Division 58,595
15 March 1978 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division 58,398
30 September 1978 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division 55,301
22 March 1980 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division 56,387
27 September 1980 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division 55,918
27 February 1982 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 57,830
23 October 1982 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division 57,334
22 March 1986 Old Trafford 2–2 First Division 51,274
7 March 1987 Old Trafford 2–0 First Division 48,619
3 February 1990 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 40,274
4 May 1991 Old Trafford 1–0 First Division 45,286
7 April 1992 Old Trafford 1–1 First Division 46,781
6 December 1992 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League 35,408
23 April 1994 Old Trafford 2–0 Premier League 44,333
10 November 1994 Old Trafford 5–0 Premier League 43,738
14 October 1995 Old Trafford 1–0 Premier League 35,707
21 April 2001 Old Trafford 1–1 Premier League 67,535
9 February 2003 Old Trafford 1–1 Premier League 67,646
13 December 2003 Old Trafford 3–1 Premier League 67,643
7 November 2004 Old Trafford 0–0 Premier League 67,863
10 September 2005 Old Trafford 1–1 Premier League 67,839
9 December 2006 Old Trafford 3–1 Premier League 75,858
10 February 2008 Old Trafford 1–2 Premier League 75,970
10 May 2009 Old Trafford 2–0 Premier League 75,464
20 September 2009 Old Trafford 4–3 Premier League 75,066
12 February 2011 Old Trafford 2–1 Premier League 75,322
23 October 2011 Old Trafford 1–6 Premier League 75,487
8 April 2013 Old Trafford 1–2 Premier League 75,498
25 March 2014 Old Trafford 0–3 Premier League 75,203
12 April 2015 Old Trafford 4–2 Premier League 75,313
25 October 2015 Old Trafford 0–0 Premier League 75,329
United wins Draws City wins
33 26 18


Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
3 October 1891† North Road 5–1 FA Cup First Round Qualifying 11,000
27 March 1926 Bramall Lane 0–3 FA Cup Semi-Final 46,450
24 February 1955 Maine Road 2–0 FA Cup 4th Round 75,000
24 October 1956 Maine Road 0–1 FA Charity Shield 30,495
3 December 1969 Maine Road 2–1 League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg 55,799
17 December 1969 Old Trafford 2–2 League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg 63,418
24 January 1970 Old Trafford 3–0 FA Cup 4th Round 63,417
9 October 1974 Old Trafford 1–0 League Cup 3rd Round 55,169
12 November 1975 Maine Road 4–0 League Cup 4th Round 50,182
10 January 1987 Old Trafford 1–0 FA Cup 3rd Round 54,294
18 February 1996 Old Trafford 2–1 FA Cup 5th Round 42,692
14 February 2004 Old Trafford 4–2 FA Cup 5th Round 67,228
19 January 2010 City of Manchester 2–1 League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg 46,067
27 January 2010 Old Trafford 3–1 League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg 74,576
16 April 2011 Wembley Stadium 1–0 FA Cup Semi-Final 86,549
7 August 2011 Wembley Stadium 2–3 FA Community Shield 77,169
8 January 2012 City of Manchester 2–3 FA Cup 3rd Round 46,808
United wins Draws City wins
10 1 6

The first meeting between the sides in a national competition occurred in the first qualifying round of the 1891–92 FA Cup. In their early years the Manchester clubs sometimes regarded the FA Cup as a low priority. In the previous season Newton Heath named a reserve team for their tie against Bootle,[37] and Ardwick withdrew from their second round tie at Haliwell, opting to play a friendly against Higher Walton instead.[38] This time both clubs treated the match as a senior fixture. Newton Heath won 5–1 at North Road.

The second FA cup derby was a far more prestigious occasion — a semi-final at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane in 1926. City won 3–0, but were beaten in the final by Bolton Wanderers.[39] 29 years later City overcame United 2–0 in the Fourth Round, and again reached the final only to be runners-up.

The first League Cup derby was in the 1969–70 season. City won a two-legged semi-final 4–3 on aggregate, and this win went on to win the competition. One month later the teams met once more, in the FA Cup Fourth Round. United avenged their earlier defeat with a 3–0 win.[40] The clubs met in the League Cup twice more in the 1970s, both in the fourth round. In 1974–75 United won 1–0 at Old Trafford. This match is the only competitive derby to have occurred while the clubs were in different divisions.[41] Manchester United were in the Second Division, having been relegated the previous season. The following season the teams met in the competition again, with United a First Division team once more. City won 4–0 at Maine Road, and went on to win the competition.[42] However, the match also saw Colin Bell suffer a knee injury that eventually led to his retirement.[43]

In the 34 years following City's triumph in 1975, only three cup fixtures occurred perhaps symbolising City's worst decline of their 130-year history. All three cup fixtures were in the FA Cup, all at Old Trafford and all won by United. The only cup derby of the 1980s was a 1–0 United win in the 1987 FA Cup Third Round.[44] The next cup meeting was at Old Trafford in 1996, was decided by a hotly disputed penalty for United, described by The Independent as "like prosecuting someone for littering during a riot".[45] Eight years later the next cup meeting was at Old Trafford in the FA Cup with United emerging victorious in an eventful 4–2 victory which saw Gary Neville sent-off for head-butting Steve McManaman.[46]

Shared player history[edit]

Players who have played for both clubs[edit]

The first transfers of note between the clubs occurred in 1906. During the 1905–06 season City became embroiled in a financial scandal, which resulted in the suspension of seventeen players,[47] including most of the team that had won the 1904 FA Cup Final. United signed four of these players: Billy Meredith, Sandy Turnbull, Herbert Burgess and Jimmy Bannister. All four were subsequently part of the team which won United's first major trophy, the 1908 league championship.

In recent years, direct transfers between the clubs have been rare. Carlos Tevez joined City in 2009 having spent the previous two seasons at United. City then produced billboard posters featuring Tevez and the slogan "Welcome to Manchester".[48]

Billy Meredith in Manchester United colours
Player Manchester City career Manchester United career
Span League
Span League
Scotland Bob Milarvie 1891–1896 69 12 1890–1891 22 4
Wales Billy Meredith 1894–1906
1906–1921 303 35
England Bert Read 1895–1902 115 2 1902–1908 35 0
Scotland Joe Cassidy 1900–1901 32 14 1893
174 100
Scotland Frank Barrett 1901–1902 5 0 1896–1900 118 0
England Jimmy Bannister 1902–1906 45 21 1906–1909 57 7
Scotland Sandy Turnbull 1902–1906 110 53 1906–1915 220 90
England Herbert Burgess 1903–1906 85 2 1906–1910 49 0
Scotland George Livingstone 1903–1906 81 19 1909–1915 43 4
Wales Horace Blew 1906 1 0 1906 1 0
England Herbert Broomfield 1908–1910 4 0 1907–1908 9 0
Ireland Mickey Hamill 1920–1924 118 1 1911–1914 57 2
England Wilf Woodcock 1920–1922 15 2 1912–1920 58 20
England Bill Dale 1931–1938 237 0 1925–1931 64 0
England Harry Rowley 1932–1933 18 4 1928–1932
Scotland Denis Law 1960–1961
1962–1973 309 171
England Brian Kidd 1976–1979 98 44 1963–1974 203 52
Wales Wyn Davies 1971–1972 45 8 1972–1973 16 4
Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy 1985–1986 13 1 1971–1982 342 57
England Peter Barnes 1974–1979
1985–1987 20 2
England John Gidman 1986–1988 53 1 1981–1986 95 4
England Peter Beardsley 1998 6 0 1982–1983 0 0
England Mark Robins 1999 2 0 1986–1992 48 11
Russia Andrei Kanchelskis 2001 10 0 1991–1995 123 28
Denmark Peter Schmeichel 2002–2003 29 0 1991–1999 292 0
England Terry Cooke 1999–2002 20 2 1994–1999 4 0
England Andy Cole 2005–2006 22 9 1995–2001 195 93
Argentina Carlos Tevez 2009–2013 105 57 2007–2009 63 19
England Owen Hargreaves 2011–2012 1 0 2007–2011 27 2

Played for one, managed the other[edit]

Matt Busby played for Manchester City and managed Manchester United

Matt Busby made more than 200 appearances for Manchester City in the 1920s and 1930s, winning an FA Cup medal in 1934.[49] Immediately after the Second World War, Busby became Manchester United manager, completely transforming the club in a 24-year tenure. With United he won a European Cup, five league titles and two FA Cups, and rebuilt the team after eight players were killed in the Munich air disaster in 1958.

Steve Coppell played over 300 games as a right winger for United, winning the FA Cup in 1977. He became City manager in 1996, but resigned after only 32 days,[50] becoming the shortest serving manager in the club's history.[51]

Manager Played for Managed
Team Span League
Team Span G W D L Win %
Scotland Matt Busby Manchester City 1928–1936 226 14 Manchester United 1945–1969
England Steve Coppell Manchester United 1975–1983 322 53 Manchester City 1996 6 2 1 3 33.33
Wales Mark Hughes Manchester United 1980–1986
Manchester City 2008–2009 77 36 15 26 46.75

Managed both clubs[edit]

Ernest Mangnall is the only man to have managed both clubs. He oversaw United's first national trophy wins, gaining two league titles and one FA Cup.[52] In September 1912, Mangnall agreed to join City, but remained in charge of United for two more games. His final match in charge of United was a derby, which his new employers City won 1–0.[53] He signed Billy Meredith for United from City in 1906, and did the same again in 1921, but in the opposite direction. Off the field, he played an important role in both United's move to Old Trafford in 1910 and City's move to Maine Road in 1923.[54]

Manager Manchester City career Manchester United career
Span G W D L Win % Span G W D L Win %
England Ernest Mangnall 1912–1924 350 151 117 82 43.14 1903–1912 471 242 139 90 51.38


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