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Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Etihad Stadium
Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in six Premier League games against Manchester United
Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in six Premier League games against Manchester United
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Manchester City won a chaotic derby at Etihad Stadium as Sergio Aguero's second-half strike gave the Premier League champions victory over Manchester United.

Aguero's 10th Premier League goal of the season finally breached a depleted United defence after Chris Smalling had been sent off in the first half and Marcos Rojo taken off on a stretcher after the break with shoulder damage.

It also brought a shaft of light to a disappointing week that had seen manager Manuel Pellegrini's side lose at West Ham in the league then see their Capital One Cup defence ended at home by Newcastle.

In a game that was played on the edge of ill-discipline and often strayed into it, Aguero's goal will have felt like vindication to City and their fans, infuriated at seeing a succession of presentable penalty appeals rejected by referee Michael Oliver.

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Most significantly, it kept leaders Chelsea in the champions' sights, albeit with a six-point advantage and four ahead of second-placed Southampton.

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This was a compelling derby, the first for new United manager Louis van Gaal, who saw his defence stripped bare and the attacking riches of Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney - returning from suspension - fail to fire.

The Dutchman will be furious at the unnecessary way in which Smalling was dismissed, while the hosts will be happy their mini-slump was ended by a sixth win in the last seven Manchester derbies in the Premier League.

Nerves and tempers were frayed towards the end as United mounted a recovery of sorts and while this was not the sort of display to have Jose Mourinho and Chelsea looking anxiously over their shoulders, victory was all that mattered to City after recent mishaps.

Former Wales international Robbie Savage:
"Manchester United are level on points with West Brom. Don't get me wrong, I think Alan Irvine is doing a great job there, but United have spent £150m on new players and that is unacceptable. When are we going to start asking serious questions of Louis van Gaal in press conferences because I haven't heard it yet."

Such was the combustible nature of the first half, with quality at a premium, that it was inevitable players from both sides would be running the risk of a red card.

Rooney harangued referee Oliver to demand a booking for Pablo Zabaleta while England keeper Joe Hart was right in the official's face when Daley Blind kicked the ball away having already been booked.

Amid the mayhem, United keeper David de Gea demonstrated his growing stature with a superb reflex save from Jesus Navas before diving bravely at the feet of Aguero, both players collecting an injury in the process.

When the red card came, it was in the most irresponsible manner imaginable. Smalling had been needlessly booked for charging down Hart's clearance then launched himself at James Milner in a manner that was only going to end one way.

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The centre-half was studiously ignored by United's management team as he made his way off, Michael Carrick replacing Adnan Januzaj as Van Gaal was forced into a defensive redesign.

Temperatures were rising on and off the pitch as referee Oliver refused to answer several home demands for penalties, particularly when Fellaini clashed with Aguero before half-time and again after the interval when he attempted to dart between the Belgian and Carrick in the area.

United's defensive resources were further reduced when Rojo was taken off on a stretcher after damaging his shoulder diving into a challenge on Martin Demichelis. Teenager Paddy McNair came into a makeshift rearguard.

It was impossible to see the visitors keeping City out - and they did not. The breakthrough came after 62 minutes when Yaya Toure's pass cleared space on the left flank for Gael Clichy, whose cross was met expertly by Aguero, pulling away from defenders to flash a powerful finish high past De Gea.

Navas struck a post as City tried to confirm their advantage but suddenly, against all odds, United became a threat as Hart saved from Van Persie and Di Maria, while Fellaini headed hopelessly wide from eight yards.

Five minutes of stoppage time had the nerves jangling around the Etihad, but City closed out a crucial win.

Manchester City
Manchester United have recorded just two clean sheets all season
No Premier League team has had more players sent off than Manchester United in 2014 (5)
No Premier League team has had more players sent off than Manchester United in 2014 (5)
Manchester United
Marcos Rojo was injured for Manchester United, meaning the away side finished the game with a completely different pairing in the centre of defence
Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances
Manchester City
Man City have won the last four Manchester derbies in the Premier League - the first time they have won four in a row in the league since 1970


Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hart
  • 5ZabaletaBooked at 77mins
  • 4Kompany
  • 26DemichelisBooked at 60mins
  • 22Clichy
  • 15Navas
  • 42Y Touré
  • 6RegesBooked at 79mins
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forNasriat 70'minutes
  • 16AgüeroSubstituted forFernandinhoat 84'minutes
  • 35JoveticSubstituted forDzekoat 71'minutes


  • 3Sagna
  • 8Nasri
  • 10Dzeko
  • 12Sinclair
  • 13Caballero
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 38Boyata

Man Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 25A Valencia
  • 12SmallingBooked at 39mins
  • 5RojoSubstituted forMcNairat 56'minutes
  • 3Shaw
  • 17BlindBooked at 28mins
  • 11JanuzajSubstituted forCarrickat 43'minutes
  • 31Fellaini
  • 10Rooney
  • 7Di María
  • 20van PersieSubstituted forWilsonat 82'minutes


  • 8Mata
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 16Carrick
  • 21Herrera
  • 24Fletcher
  • 33McNair
  • 49Wilson
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamMan Utd
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 1, Manchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Manchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).

  5. Post update

    Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fernandinho with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Sergio Agüero.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. James Wilson replaces Robin van Persie.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

  20. Post update

    Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

3Man City1062220101020
5West Ham105231914517
10Man Utd103431614213
11West Brom103431313013
15Aston Villa10316516-1110
16Crystal Palace92341316-39
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