Manchester derby : History, facts and stats. 

The Manchester derby referred to football matches between Manchester City and Manchester United, it was first contested in 1881. United play at Old Trafford while City play at the Etihad Stadium, the two grounds are approximately 4 miles (6.4 km)separated . The teams have played 176 matches in all competitions, United winning 73, City 51, and the remaining 52 having been drawn.

Total Meetings176

Most wins

Manchester United (73)

Most player appearances

Ryan Giggs (36)

Top scorerWayne Rooney (11)

Manchester City: 51 wins 

Drawn: 52

Manchester United: 73wins 

Largest victory

United1–6 City(1926)

United 0–5 City(1955)

United 5–0 City (1994)

United 1–6 City(2011)

The derby was first contested in 1881 but our focus will be on meetings between the teams since 2010 till this present moment.


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 before 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, subsequently calling them "noisy neighbours" during the season.

The 2009–10 season featured some tense matches, including two League Cup semi-final legs. Sir Alex Ferguson proclaimed the 2009–10 Manchester derby at Old Trafford as "probably the best derby of all time".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. The match was voted the greatest Premier League game at the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards in 2012. The sides were paired 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, leading 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, the game will be fondly remembered with a Wayne Rooney  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 campaign. 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 third time in the season in the third round of the FA Cup, resulting in a 3–2 win for United.  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. Consequently, the win put City top of the league on goal difference after being 8 points behind in the league in March. 

    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. 

    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..



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. United won the second derby of the season, hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium, after Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game at the 16-minute mark.

Both clubs had managerial changes prior to the start of the 2016–17 campaign, with José Mourinho taking over Manchester United and Pep Guardiola taking over Manchester City. City took the bragging rights that season, winning 2–1 at Old Trafford on 10 September before a goalless draw at the City of Manchester Stadium on 27 April in which Marouane Fellaini was sent off for headbutting Sergio Agüero.

   In the 2017–18 season, City won 2–1 at Old Trafford for the second year in a row on 10 December and had the chance to win the league with victory over United at the City of Manchester Stadium on 7 April. They led 2–0 at half-time, but two goals from Paul Pogba and one from Chris Smalling meant City had to wait to secure the title. 


There have been 163 derbies. 

 Ryan Giggs is the player with the most appearances in the derby, with 35. 

 Although he can’t claim a clean sheet, Peter Schmeichel can claim to be unbeaten in derby appearances for both teams. He played for United from 1991 to 1999, and then for City in the 2002-03 season.

Owen Hargreaves is the last player to have played for both clubs. The first was Scot Bob Milarvie, who played for United from 1890-91, and City from 1891-96. 

Manchester City have the two highest scoring team members for derbies - both Joe Hayes and Francis Lee have 10 each. 

Three semi-finals have been played between the two clubs - two in the FA Cup, one in the League Cup - but never have they met in a final. 

 Manchester City were the first of the two teams to win a trophy, in 1904. 

Manchester United won the first ever derby 5-1, on October 3, 1891. 

 The largest attendance for a derby was 78,000, when both clubs were playing at Manchester City’s Maine Road, on September 28, 1947. 

20. Sir Alex Ferguson has managed United in 45 derbies making him the only manager to have done so. 

Manchester derby 2018 /2019 statistics 

Manchester City have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014.

 Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions - only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team.

Manchester United have conceded 18 goals in their 11 Premier League games this season. It took them 25 games until January 31 to concede as many in the competition last season.

Manchester City haven't lost any of their last 53 Premier League games against sides starting the day outside the top four (W44 D9 L0), since a 0-4 loss at Everton in January 2017.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games against Man Utd, but has failed to score in his last three against them since. 

Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd - he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition (Ruud van Nistelrooy x4, Wayne Rooney x2, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie).

This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions - the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He's only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career. 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games against a single opponent in his whole managerial career.

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