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2011 Manchester Derby: Man Utd 1-6 Man City

After a somewhat slow start, Man City took the lead after 22 minutes with a goal from 21-year old Italian Mario Balotelli. The midfielder marked the goal with humor by lifting his outer shirt to reveal another blue shirt saying, “Why Always Me?”

City was ahead 1-0 at half-time.

Mario Balotelli, Manchester City

Star of the match, Balotelli struck twice. Balotelli also won the free-kick which led to a red card for United defender Jonny Evans leaving United with only ten men. Two goals came from late sub Edin Dzeko.  And Sergio Aguero and David Silva each added to the tally.

City boss, Roberto Mancini took off Balotelli with 20 minutes remaining and brought in Edin Dzeko.

City upped their tempo and struck three times after the 88th minute cementing their victory that lifted them five points ahead of United at the top of the Premier League table.

Darren Fletcher scored United’s only goal 10 minutes from time.

City delivered United’s first home defeat since April 2010 – and ended United’s run of 19 consecutive home league wins.

Sir Alex Ferguson said later that the stunning defeat to Manchester City was shocking to him.

United played the majority of the second half with ten men after the dismissal of Jonny Evans.

‘It was out worst ever day. It’s the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1’.

‘I thought with the experience we’ve got – Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra – they would defend more but we just kept attacking. Sometimes there has to be common sense about it’.

Roberto Mancini, City manager, also commented after the match.

“This is only one game. I still think United are one yard above us, still,” said Mancini. “I think we can only change this after we win the title in the end.

“After, maybe it will be different, but now United are better than us.”

The 161st derby, a Premier League fixture, took place on 23 October 2011 at Old Trafford. City’s victory equalized the biggest win in the derby’s history, which City also won at Old Trafford in 1926.

Manchester United won the 2010-11 Premier League Championship and Manchester City earned the 2010-11 FA Cup Trophy.

Both clubs qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.

The Manchester Derby is a historic clash between Manchester City and Manchester United. The local derby centres on the City of Manchester and Greater Manchester. Only four miles separate the clubs with City based in east Manchester at the City of Manchester Stadium and United south west of Manchester at Old Trafford Stadium in Trafford.

To date, Manchester United has recorded the most Derby wins - 67, and Ryan Giggs has played in the most Derbies – 34.

As of 23 October 2011, there have been 161 competitive meetings between the teams. United have won 67 and City 44, the remaining 50 games finishing as draws.

The last meeting, the 161st derby, was a Premier League fixture on 23 October 2011 at Old Trafford. City won 6-1, equalling the biggest win in the derby’s history, which City also won 6-1 at Old Trafford in 1926.

Wayne Rooney Scores Supergoal in Manchester Derby, February 2011

Man United won the previous Manchester Derby with a spectacular goal from Wayne Rooney.

Rooney’s 78th minute winner – a powerful acrobatic effort that flashed past Joe Hart on its way home - was Rooney’s best ever goal in his football career.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in, said Rooney. “It’s definitely the best goal I’ve scored.”

Watch Manchester United and Manchester City play live in the next Manchester Derby in April.

Manchester City v Manchester United tickets – Saturday, 28 April 2012 15:00 City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom

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