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Manchester Derby’s Most Shocking Moments

The Manchester derby is well up there with the most anticipated fixtures in the football calendar. With the fight to finish in the top 4 starting to heat up, we expect Thursday’s game to be no exception to epic ties we’ve witnesses in recent years.

As these two giants of the game go head-to-head once more, we’re taking a look at the most shocking Old Trafford Manchester derby moments. 

5. Roy Keane vs Alf-Inge Håland (2001)

This match between United and City at in 2001 finished low-scoring by Manchester derby standards, but the 1-1 draw was overshadowed by Roy Keane’s tackle on City’s Alf-Inge Håland. The Norwegian had previously criticised Keane for an attempted tackle on him 3 years earlier and only played a handful more games more before retiring.

4. Denis Law’s Back-heel (1974)

Denis Law won two league titles and an FA Cup with United, but his back-heeled goal in the derby for City looked to have relegated his old side to the 2nd division and he refused to celebrate.

A pitch invasion by United fans followed and the match was abandoned during the 85th minute. However, due to results elsewhere, United would’ve been relegated whatever the outcome.

3. Rooney’s Bicycle Kick (2011)

While the 2-1 scoreline doesn’t sound too impressive, this match is remembered for Wayne Rooney’s sensational bicycle kick. It will go down as one of the best Manchester Derby (and Premier League) goals of all time.

2. Balotelli – Why Always Him? (2011)

An iconic celebration from one of the derby’s most controversial players. Balotelli’s ‘why always me’ celebration will be remembered just as long as the 1-6 drubbing City gave United at Old Trafford that day in 2011.

1. Owen’s 96th Minute Winner (2009)

Surely the best Manchester derby of the Premier League era. Carlos Tevez’s controversial move away from Old Trafford in the Summer had led to a huge build up to this game, and it didn’t disappoint.

This 4-3 thriller concluded with a goal in the 96th minute from United’s Michael Owen, after Craig Bellamy looked to have rescued a point for City just before stoppage time. What a game.

If you want to recreate some of these derby moments yourself (hopefully not Roy Keane’s…), head to the MyLocalPitch website to book a pitch near you.

BY - Emilie Adib

26 April 2017