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Premier League

  • October 23, 2011
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 75487

Live Commentary

  • That'll do it for me,'s Shane Evans. Hit me up on the Twitter @shanevans and we can talk the match. For now, I'll be signing off saying good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • Let the power shift talk begin. City may have finally caught up to its neighbors and could be a real threat for the title come May. Long way to go though, as I've said.
  • What a match, folks.
  • 90' + 4'
    Final whistle goes. Wow. What a victory for City. Are we looking at the champions this season? Long way to go yet...
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist David Silva
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Edin Dzeko
    Dzeko. 6-1.
  • 90' + 2'
    Nearly six. I don't even need to describe it. It's just silly at this point.
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Edin Dzeko
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal David Silva
    NOT EVEN A MINUTE LATER...City on the break and Silva scores to give the visitors another goal. 5-1. 5-1. Yes. Five goals to one. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. WOW!
  • 90'
    Assist Joleon Lescott
  • 90'
    Goal Edin Dzeko
    MAKE IT FOUR! From the corner, Lescott bends the ball back across goal to Dzeko who taps home. 4-1 to Manchester City. United has given up.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionJames Milner Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 89'
    To sum up today's efforts by United, a Ferdinand back pass misses De Gea and goes behind for a corner.
  • 88'
    Toure gets some space as he cuts to the top of the box from out wide. His shot, from the outside of his boot goes wide of the far post. Lots of wide.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Micah Richards
  • 86'
    From a free kick, United send it into the City area and it is cleared out. Fletcher then pumps it back in, but Smalling's header goes way wide.
  • 86'
    Cards are flying, people. Cards are flying. Seven yellows, one red.
  • 85'
    United aren't pushing as hard you'd hope if you were a fan of theirs. City doing all it can to slow the pace down to kill off these last few minutes.
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Danny Welbeck
  • 81'
    Assist Javier Hernández
  • 81'
    Goal Darren Fletcher
    GOAL! Hey, look at that! United get one back as Fletcher puts one home beautifully from the top of the box to give the Red Devils a glimmer of hope. Likely too little, too late though.
  • 80'
    Evra escapes a second yellow card somehow. I guess that's a good thing?
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Chris Smalling
  • 77'
    Dzeko nearly gets on the board once more as City breaks and a good save is forced out of De Gea as Dzeko fires across goal.
  • 77'
    The minutes just slide off the clock now. Game is over.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Edin Dzeko
  • 75'
    SubstitutionSergio Agüero Samir Nasri
  • 75'
    Mancini against staying with the hot hands...first he takes off Balotelli and now Aguero. This time, it's Nasri who comes on.
  • 74'
    Silva almost makes it four as the ball bounces around the box and the Spaniard tries to take it on the volley. Probably should have done better.
  • 73'
    United can't seem to get anything going. Totally deflated, and rightly so.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionMario Balotelli Edin Dzeko
  • 70'
    Dzeko comes on for Balotelli and almost scores on his first touch. All City today.
  • 69'
    Assist Micah Richards
  • 69'
    Goal Sergio Agüero
    GAME OVER! In almost the exact same fashion as the second goal, Richards plays in Aguero and taps home inside the six-yard box. Make it 3-0 now to City. Massive result.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Patrice Evra
  • 67'
    Things getting a bit feisty as Evra goes in hard and sees yellow. Anderson, before he was taken off, was recently carded also. Frustrations are showing for the Red Devils.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionNani Javier Hernández
  • 66'
    United to make changes as Hernandez and Jones come on for Nani and Anderson.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionAnderson Phil Jones
  • 65'
    Balotelli going for his hit-trick in a very similar fashion to his second goal but Smalling was up to the task in defense.
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Anderson
  • 62'
    Surely this one has been decided then? Two-goal lead. One-man advantage. Five-point lead at the top of the table to follow?
  • 60'
    Assist James Milner
  • 60'
    Goal Mario Balotelli
    GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Just like that, City makes it two. Lovely interchange between Milner and Silva sees the Englishman put in perfect cross across the face of goal to Balotelli who slips it home easily. 2-0 City!
  • 59'
    City wins a free kick at the other end and begin to pass the ball around, making use of that extra man.
  • 57'
    More United pressure. From the corner the ball knocks around and Smalling gets a shot off that goes behind for another corner. From it, Rooney tries to curl from the edge of the area but its a tame effort.
  • 56'
    Young again looking dangerous and is constantly pushing forward. Forces a corner as he gets into the area.
  • 54'
    Young has a chance at the other end as United finally have numbers going forward but his shot misses the target. It happens to bounce back to him quickly but can't control the rebound.
  • 53'
    City bursts into United's area, though it had the wrong player on the ball as Richards was trying to extend the team's lead. Muscles his way into a good position but his shot is reckless.
  • 51'
    Welbeck breaks on the counter but is all alone and is eventually ushered off the ball by Lescott.
  • 50'
    The 10 men of United vs. the 11 men of City. Crazy how quickly the game can change...
  • 48'
    Set piece is blocked and United trying to regroup now.
  • 48'
    Free kick at the edge of the area for City. Big big decision there.
  • 47'
    Red Card Jonny Evans
  • 47'
    Game changer. Balotelli gets behind Evans at the top of the box and was in on goal. The United defender clearly drags him down and is sent off. Red card for Manchester United!
  • 46'
    There's the kick. City gets us underway...
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  • Teams back on the pitch now...about to get underway once more. Whoopee!
  • 45' + 1'
    There goes the whistle. Balotelli puts City in the lead after 22 minutes and United still trying to find its game. Should be a great second period!
  • 45'
    We will only have one minute of stoppage time...
  • 44'
    The Red Devils are ending the half well but City still keeping them out of its box. Very little being created that would test Hart. Couldn't be a better first 45 for the club as of now.
  • 42'
    An air of confidence about United at the moment, though City is hardly giving anything away. Great first half for the visitors.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Vincent Kompany
  • 40'
    Quick break for City through Aguero. Tricky in the box but can't get the finishing touch on it. Cleared away.
  • 40'
    A short corner goes deep to Rooney at the opposite side of goal. The striker dips to Evans who whiffs on his volley attempt.
  • 39'
    Finally the Red Devils getting into it. Contrary to its early slow-building pressure, it works on the break and really tests the City defense.
  • 37'
    Anderson with a late foul and City wins another free kick. About 35 yards out...Balotelli lining it up. Goes right into the wall.
  • 36'
    United get up the pitch quickly and Rooney finds some space and fires a very similar shot to Anderson's: with his left, right at Hart.
  • 35'
    ...just a bit too far from the Spaniard as the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
  • 35'
    More Super Mario as the Italian wins a free kick at the top corner of United's box. Silva to take...
  • 34'
    Ball bounces out to Anderson at the top of the box. The midfielder goes from his right to his left and fires right at Joe Hart. First action the keeper has had thus far.
  • 33'
    A few nifty passes around the left side and United wins a corner. Richards holding fast against Young.
  • 31'
    Yaya Toure gets on the end of a loose ball and fires on the volley but it just slices away from De Gea's goal.
  • 29'
    The home side seem pretty lost at the moment. Aren't really creating much and may be fine with the halftime whistle at this point. City on the ball now...
  • 27'
    Young puts in a bended cross that misses everyone. Hart flies after it regardless.
  • 26'
    Richards intercepts a ball and tries the deep chip to beat De Gea. Not quite, son.
  • 25'
    As you can imagine, City fans are quite boisterous at the minute...
  • 24'
    United (and its fans) in a state of shock after that one. Totally against the proverbial 'run of play.'
  • 23'
    Yellow Card Mario Balotelli
  • 22'
    Assist James Milner
  • 22'
    Goal Mario Balotelli
    AND JUST LIKE THAT CITY TAKES THE LEAD!!! Some simple passing around the area ends with the ball at Balotelli's feet. One touch and he fires it low from the top of the box into the corner of the net. 1-0 City!
  • 21'
    More time on the ball for United as City are sitting back absorbing the pressure. Finally it breaks and has some time in United's end.
  • 19'
    Rooney looking for a penalty as Kompany spun him around in the box, but the defender got the ball and it was a clean challenge. Nice work from the Belgian.
  • 17'
    United work things around a bit more but City's defending is strong and we continue to wait for the match's first real chance.
  • 14'
    City finally gets something going as David Silva slashes his way through the United box. Manages to keep the ball way longer than he should have but he's tricky. Ends up with a corner from Milner who completely wastes it. United breaks.
  • 12'
    The Citizens can hardly string two passes together. All United thus far. Moving it around calmly.
  • 10'
    More pressure from United as Chris Smalling has won a corner for his team. Worked in smartly from the short option but City eventually see it clear.
  • 10'
    Free kick played in but defended away by Balotelli. Yes, you read that right.
  • 9'
    As if frustrated by his shot, Milner takes down Young along the left (though it looked like a flop) and the City player gets a talking to.
  • 8'
    At the other end, Milner gets off a scuffed shot that is grabbed by De Gea.
  • 7'
    As I expected, United using width early on through Young and Nani. Very tricky characters. Wins a corner but not much of it. Still, solid early stuff from the home side.
  • 5'
    City has barely had a touch on the ball as yet. Of course, as I type this, it makes a nice interception and wins a free kick.
  • 4'
    Oh correction, it was deemed a foul on the end line. Good position, though comes to nothing.
  • 3'
    City do look slightly nervy to start as United knocking the ball around well. Eventually United wins a corner down the left as Young edges Richards to the line. The defender is forced to put it behind.
  • 2'
    Nani looks strong down the right as he tiptoes around a few City players, but is eventually ushered off the ball by Gael Clichy.
  • 1'
    Ball goes back to De Gea early and he takes a bit too much time, ball clipped by a chasing Aguero on the clearance. Good early pressure.
  • 1'
  • The teams are now walking onto the pitch. Manchester United in red, Manchester City in blue. No surprises there.
  • No need hyping this match up, people. We all know how great it will be. Only minutes away from kickoff now. Fasten those seat belts...
  • Now, Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Clichy, Lescott, Kompany, Milner, Barry, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nasri, De Jong, Dzeko.
  • The home side: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Fabio Da Silva, Valencia, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez.
  • Hello everyone and welcome to USA's LIVE coverage of the Manchester Derby! My name is Shane Evans (that's @shanevans on the Twitters) and I'll be bringing you by-the-minute updates of the match. First, the lineups...